CRRSAA (HEERF II) Emergency Relief Funds
In December 2020, the federal government provided a second round of emergency relief funds to colleges under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to support students and institutions with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More information on these HEERF II funds, part of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s website. Monroe Community College signed and returned to the Education Department a Certification and Agreement as required and received $4,583,481 to be distributed to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants. We acknowledge that by drawing down the CRRSAA Student Aid Funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the CRRSAA Student Aid Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these Student Aid Funds to provide emergency aid grants to students.
CRRSAA and the State University of New York (SUNY) require that institutions disbursing HEERF II emergency financial aid grants to students prioritize students with demonstrated exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants and students with Pell-eligible expected family contributions (EFCs). Consistent with requirements set by SUNY, the College began awarding emergency financial aid grants to students with Pell-eligible EFCs in April 2021, using the formula below.
Eligible students enrolled at the College during the Spring 2021 semester were notified via email on April 15, 2021 of their award, which was based on students’ full-time or part-time enrollment status and demonstrated financial need, using EFC. No application was required in order for students to receive these funds.
Student Award Chart
|Student Enrollment Status||100%: |
0 - 1,500
1,501 - 2,900
2,901 - 4,300
4,301 - 5,711
|FT Student Awards||$1,280.00||$1,120.00||$960.00||$800.00|
|PT Student Awards||$960.00||$800.00||$640.00||$480.00|
Students receiving awards were informed that the grants were for expenses related to any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and childcare. Information on what is included in a student’s cost of attendance is available on the College’s financial aid webpage. Students have been informed via email notification that these grants were not loans and would not need to be paid back; nor will the grants affect students’ financial aid award amounts for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Monroe Community College has $4,583,481 available to be distributed to students under HEERF II. The total number of students who could have qualified during this period is 8,505 students.
- For the period of January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021, $0 was distributed to students.
- For the period of April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021, $4,511,040 was distributed to 4,161 students.
- For the period of July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 $0 was distributed to students.
- For the period of October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 $0 was distributed to students.
A small amount of funding remains available after completion of the first round HEERF II awards described above. These funds will be distributed to students via an application process sent through email for students who had expenses that were not in the first priority. Eligibility via the application was extended to credit and non-credit students.