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CRRSA Act Student Funds

CRRSA Act Student Funds

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) act, Highland Community College has received funds to provide emergency financial grants to students. The use of CRRSA act funds is intended to assist students with expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

In April 2021, Highland Community College students will receive checks. These checks are sent to the mailing address on file and delivered by the US postal service.

The federal eligibility criteria for a student to receive funds includes:

  • Must be an enrolled student in the Spring 2021 semester
  • Must meet certain eligibility requirements as demonstrated through completion of the FAFSA -process

By cashing a CRRSA act check, a student is acknowledging that the funds will be used to offset the cost of expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. If a student is unable to use the funds to cover such costs, please email payments@highland.edu for return instructions. Checks must be cashed or returned within 30 days of receipt.

Grant funds are processed through student accounts. The funds will not be applied to past or current charges or outstanding balances. Check amounts for eligible students are determined based on FAFSA-determined estimated family contribution (EFC) as follows:

EFCCheck Amount
$0$800
$1 – $5,711$600
$5,712+$400

Students who have further questions regarding the CRRSA act funds can send a message to financialaid@highland.edu

Highland received CRRSA act funds for emergency financial grants to students in the amount of $455,905. In the Spring 2021 semester, the total number of students receiving checks totaled 660, amounting to $408,800.

CRRSA Act FAQ

What is the CRRSA Act?

CRRSA stands for the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and was signed into law on December 27, 2020. The purpose of this Act is to provide economic relief to millions of Americans through direct assistance to individuals, families, and businesses. HCC has been awarded $455,905 to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

Do students need to apply to get these funds?

Students do not need to apply for these funds, however, students will need to have completed the FAFSA to determine eligibility.

Who is eligible to receive the funds?

To be eligible for these funds a student must:

  • Be an enrolled student in the spring 2021 semester.
  • Must meet certain eligibility requirements as demonstrated through completion of the FAFSA -process

When will students get payment?

We plan to mail checks the end of the week of April 5th, 2021.

How will the funds be distributed?

Funds will be distributed by check mailed to the student’s address on record.

Why only checks?

Students must acknowledge that they are using the funds to assist with expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. Students are sent notification with the check that indicates by accepting the funds they acknowledge the funds will be used as such.

Who should students call with questions?

Student inquiries can be directed to Ashley Wolber 815-599-3519 or email FinancialAid@Highland.edu.

How much money will students receive?

Check amounts for spring 2021 semester eligible students are based on their FAFSA-determined estimated family contribution (EFC) as follows:

EFCCheck Amount
$0$800
$1 – $5,711$600
$5,712+$400

Will all students receive these funds?

No, only students who meet the eligibility requirements will receive these funds.

Can the funds be used to pay a balance owed to HCC?

CRSSA act funds will not automatically be used to cover any tuition/fees charges that are currently outstanding at HCC. A student may cash their check and use the funds for the purpose of paying a balance due or other eligible costs.

What if the student can’t use the finds to pay these expenses?

If the student isn’t able to use the funds to cover such costs, he/she should email payments@highland.edu for return instructions. Checks must be cashed or returned within 30 days of receipt.

CRRSA Act Institutional Funds

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSA), Highland Community College has received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Section (a)(1) and Section (a)(2). Institutions are to publicly report on the use of the funds by posting a quarterly budget and expenditure report to the College’s website.

Highland Community College’s reports, can be found here when reporting periods begin.

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2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032

815.235.6121

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