CRRSAA/HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students – Spring 2021*

Published March 26, 2021

*This application opens 3/26/2021 and closes 5/14/2021. Funds are limited for this period: first come, first served.

As an expansion of the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021, was signed into law on December 27, 2020. On January 14 2021, the U.S Department of Education (DOE) announced additional funds available to higher education institutions to serve students and ensure learning continues during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is allocated by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA).

Under section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSAA, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding II (HEERF II) is intended to go students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any components of the student’s cost of attendance (such as tuition & fees, books, supplies, room and board, dependent care, loan fees, transportation and miscellaneous) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

As a proprietary institution, Angeles College was approved for awards under section 314(a) (4) of the CRRSAA on February 17, 2021, and after reviewing guidance from the Department of Education released between Jan 14, 2021 and March 19, 2021, Angeles College determined the following:

CRRSAA/HEERF II emergency financial aid awards are prioritized for students with exceptional financial need to cover costs, such as tuition, food assistance, housing assistance, health care (including mental health care) emergencies, childcare emergencies, and other educational-related expenses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eligible Students

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or non-degree (certificate) seeking students who were enrolled in in the Spring Quarter 2021 (for degree programs) or in the current term (for certificate programs).
  • Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs
  • Must be current students who are participating in courses actively and who are in good standing. Included are students who were on an approved Leave of Absence.

 Who is not eligible?

 Under the U.S. Department of Education guidelines, the following categories of students are not eligible for CRRSAA/HEERF II funds:

  • International (F-1 Visa) students
  • Most non-citizens
  • Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) recipients

 The methods used by Angeles College to determine which and how much students receive in emergency fund grants under section 314(c)(3) of the CRRSA Act are as follows:

 Unlike with CARES distribution, CRRSAA guidance requires institutions to prioritize students with exceptional need. Because CRRSAA prioritizes students with “exceptional need”, eligible students were identified by reviewing students’ Expected Family Contribution (EFC as determined on your official FAFSA). CRRSAA emergency grant amounts were determined by the student’s EFC according to the table below.

Awards range from a maximum of $700 to the minimum of $100 and were given to students after Angeles College – CRRSA Act emergency grant committee’s review and approval of the submitted application.

 

Eligible 2020-2021 EFC Undergraduate Award (FT, TT, HT) CRRSAA Amount Undergraduate Award (LT) CRRSAA Amount Graduate Award

(FT, TT, HT) CRRSAA Amount

Graduate Award

(LT) CRRSAA Amount

EFC 0 $700 $400 $400 $200
EFC 1 to 2500 $500 $300 $300 $100
EFC 2501 to 5000 $400 $200 $200 $100
EFC 5001 to 7500 $300 $100 $100 $100
EFC 7501 to 10,000 $200 $100 $100 $100
EFC 10,001 to up $100 $100 $100 $100

 

FT = Full Time

TT = Three Quarter Time

HT = Half Time

LT = Less than Half Time

Instructions and guidance were provided to eligible students identified by the Registrar’s Office (via Angeles College email account and/or personal email address on file), along with the subsequent application via student’s email. The application certifies that eligible students had incurred expenses from the components listed above because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In accordance with the Department of Education guidelines, upon successful submittal of the application, Angeles College notified students of their status via their Angeles College email account and/or personal email address as identified on their application. Funds were processed through accounts payable and students received a paper check (which was mailed to the address provided on the application). These Emergency Financial Aid Grants were not applied against existing account balances.

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the difference between CARES, CRRSAA, and HEERF?

There is not major difference between these terms. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law in March 2020. It provided federal funding to support people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. That funding was largely exhausted by the end of 2020. In December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed by Congress and signed into law to extend that support.

However, there are other differences as well. Some of these changes affect who is and is not eligible for funding. This may mean that, while you were eligible for CARES funding, you might not receive CRRSAA funding; it might also mean that if you weren’t eligible for CARES funding, you are eligible for CRRSAA. Additionally, unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with “exceptional need,” such as students who receive Pell Grants, however not limited to Pell grant recipients in awarding financial aid grants to students.

Both CARES and CRRSAA provided federal funds specifically designed for higher education, disbursed through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Students can use CRRSAA/HEERF II funding for:

  •  Housing/utilities
  • Food
  • Technology
  • Books/Supplies
  • Childcare
  • Transportation
  • Health Care (including mental health care)
  • Other educational costs

Will the fund be available for future term(s)?

Yes, we anticipate funding being available into the 2021 summer and fall term

How do students apply for CRRSAA/HEERF II funding?

  • Submit a 2020-2021 FAFSA and have a valid EFC.
  • Submit an emergency grant application (Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act 2021/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)).

Per CRRSAA guidance, Angeles College will prioritize students with “exceptional need.” Only those students with an eligible EFC (EFC = expected family contribution as determined on your official FAFSA) are eligible for a CRRSAA grant.

What is the awarding process and how will I receive my funds?

Once an application is submitted, a committee will review your request and may reach out to you if additional information is needed. If your request is approved, you will receive a notification email informing you that Angeles College has approved your application and the Business Office will process the fund through accounts payable and you will receive a paper check, which will be mailed to you to the address provided in the application. If you wish to pick up the check, you must contact Julia Chu, CFO via email, jchu@angelescollege.edu. It may take 3 – 7 business days to receive a payment (check) after receiving approval notice from the Financial Aid Office.

How did Angeles College determine eligible students and the amount of the CRRSAA/HEERF II grants per student?

Because CRRSAA prioritize students with “exceptional need”, eligible students were identified by reviewing students’ Expected Family Contributions (EFC as determined on your official FAFSA). Awards range from a maximum of $700 to the minimum of $100 and were given to students after Angeles College – CRRSA Act emergency grant committee’s review and approval of the submitted application.

Can you explain the Federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and where I can find this number?

The school received your federally calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your completed 2020-21 FAFSA. Your EFC is an index number used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid. This number results from the combined financial information you provide alongside other taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security). Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college, or career school, during the year. You can view the EFC on your Student Aid Report (SAR). To view your SAR please log-in to Studentaid.gov and select, View your Student Aid Report.

Is the CRRSAA/HEERF II emergency grant taxable?

No. the IRS has determined that CRRSAA emergency grants are not taxable and are not reported on the US tax return. In addition, HEERF emergency grants will not be counted toward your Estimated Financial Aid, nor do you have to count the money as taxable on your tax return.

I am an online student. Am I eligible to receive CRRSAA/HEERF II funds?

Yes, if you are identified as an enrolled, degree or non-degree seeking student for spring 2021 term, and have financial need, you will be eligible to receive CRRSAA funds.

I have a balance due on my student account and if I am awarded this grant, is the balance will be deducted from this grant automatically?

 No. The entire amount of this grant will be disbursed directly to you through your student tuition account as a “pass through” transaction. In other words, your grant will be refunded to you, even if you have a balance. Please check with Julia Chu, CFO via email, jchu@angelescollege.edu for up-to date balance information.

 Why was my application denied this time, when I’ve received funding in the past or a classmate had their application accepted?

There are a few reasons why this might occur. These include:

  • Changes in eligibility rules: There are differences between the CARES and CRRSAA laws that change who can receive funding and how colleges should prioritize funding.
  • No funds available: Only a certain amount of funding is released each term. If funding has run out for the current term, you are encouraged to re-apply the following term, when new funding is released.

Who can answer questions about CRRSAA/HEERF II funding?