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American Rescue Plan (HEERF III) Information

  • On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III was signed into law. This plan provides emergency funding to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Following guidance from the Department of Education, Southeast Community College has determined which students are eligible to receive HEERF III grants and the amount that each student will receive. These grants will be distributed to students automatically. Students will not need to apply to receive these funds.

    Who is eligible to receive HEERF III grants?

    Eligible students must meet the following requirements:

    • Must be enrolled (or have been enrolled) in undergraduate classes during the Fall 2021 semester to receive the fall payment. This excludes students enrolled in Dual Credit/SENCAP or TCA courses.
    • Eligible students include refugees, asylum seekers, International students, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients.
    • There is no application for HEERF III funds.
    • The FAFSA is not required to receive a HEERF III payment. However, Expected Family Contribution (EFC) information taken from the FAFSA will be used for the purposes of determining exceptional financial need.

    How much will students receive and how were grant amounts determined?

    Southeast Community College is required to distribute grant amounts based on a student’s demonstrated need. The Department of Education encourages the use of FAFSA data and, more specifically, the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to measure this financial need.

    After a review of our student information, the following distribution schedule was developed for the Fall 2021 semester:

    • Students with an EFC that made them eligible to receive Pell grants during the Fall 2021 semester will receive $900.00
    • Students who did not have an EFC, or had an EFC that exceeded the amount needed to receive Pell grants during the Fall 2021 semester will receive $700.00
    • Remaining ARP/HEERF III funds will be distributed during the Spring 2022 semester.
    • Students will have the option to complete an ARP/HEERF III Additional Relief Application if they have exceptional financial needs that are not met by the College’s automated distribution plan. This application will be available on this site NO SOONER than November 15, 2021.

    How will HEERF III grants be distributed to eligible students?

    HEERF III emergency aid will be disbursed automatically to eligible students. Students do not need to apply to receive this funding. Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for Fast Refund to receive their grants through direct deposit. The deadline to sign up for Fast Refund to receive the HEERF III Fall payment grant by direct deposit is October 22, 2021.

    Students who do not sign up for Fast Refund will receive a check sent via U.S Mail to their address on file at SCC. Students are encouraged to review their address on file as soon as possible to ensure the check is sent to the correct address. You can find your mailing address on the Hub (login required) at Webadvisor for Students/Academic Profile/My profile.

    When should students expect to receive their HEERF III grant?

    Student who sign up for Fast Refund should receive their deposit for the fall semester disbursement as early as November 4, 2021. Students receiving a check should expect an additional week or longer for delivery. Distribution dates for the Spring 2022 semester will be determined at a later date.

    How can students use their HEERF III grant?

    The HEERF III grant aid may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for any emergency costs that arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. Students are strongly encouraged to consider using their HEERF III grant to pay for technology that will assist them in their classroom success.

    Can a student apply their HEERF III grant to any outstanding balance they owe to SCC?

    A student may choose to use their HEERF III grant to pay off anything due to the College. However, the College will not be deducting any amounts due before distributing these funds.

    Do students need to repay this grant?

    No, students are not required to pay back their grant and a HEERF III grant is not considered taxable income.

    Will this grant affect a student’s current or future financial aid?

    No, this grant is a one-time emergency grant and it will not impact your current or future financial aid.

    How is the ARP/HEERF III plan different than the CRRSAA/HEERF II plan?

    There are two notable differences between ARP/HEERF III and CRRSAA/HEERF II for students:

    • Student eligibility under the ARP/HEERF III program is different. Most notably, students who were previously not eligible to receive these grants may now receive them. This includes undocumented, DACA, and international students.
    • ARP/HEERF III requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional financial need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding emergency aid. However, the ARP does not require students to have completed FAFSA information on file to award students.

    Where can students go if they have questions or want to learn more about ARP/HEERF III?

    Additional information about ARP/HEERF III from the Department of Education can be found at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/arpfaq.pdf.