Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

HEERF Student Grant Reporting

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) (HEERF I)

Congress and the President of the United Stated of America enacted and signed the CARES Act, which allocated funds for each college and university to use to provide financial assistance for students who experienced significant disruption to campus operations as defined by the ACT due to the COVID-19 national emergency that was declared on March 13, 2020.
30 Day Disclosure
In compliance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Hinds Community College releases the following information regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting—
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:
  • An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
    Hinds Community College acknowledges the institution has signed and returned to the U. S. Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grant to Students.
    Hinds Community College received $5,260,390 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of the CARES Act pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission.
    As of May 29, 2020, $5,260,390 has been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    Hinds Community College estimates that 6,315 students at the institution were eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that these students were thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    Hinds Community College has distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 4,886 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
    The Department of Education established and presented guidance for how each college and university should allocate the CARES Act funds to their students. Based on those guidelines, Hinds Community College will disburse funds to students who were enrolled and attending classes on March 13, 2020, who satisfy BOTH of the following criteria:
    1. Students who are eligible to receive Title IV funding (Students admitted to the College as a high school graduate or the equivalent, GED, or a college transfer and making Satisfactory Academic Progress and not in default on any student loans. This does not include dual credit/dual enrolled students. Students must also have a valid social security number and be registered with Selective Service, if applicable.)
    2. Students who were enrolled in face-to-face or hybrid classes leading to an eligible program of study. (This does not include students who were in 100 percent online classes or in a non-degree or workforce program, or a program of study that does not qualify for Title IV aid.)
The College assigned all students enrolled at the college on March 13, 2020, to one of two groups: Group 1 – those who filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and had results on file with the college as of May 5, 2020. Each student who met the criteria will receive two disbursements. Group 2 – those who had not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA as of May 5, 2020. Each student who met the criteria will receive one disbursement.
  • Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by Hinds Community College to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants was sent via campus email. The email explanation to the students in Group 1 was if they met all eligibility criteria, in addition to having filed the FAFSA, that there was no further action needed on their part for them to receive the funds. The Group 2 students were advised that if they met all of the eligibility criteria AND completed a FAFSA with a valid EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) being received by the Office of Financial Aid by May 22, 2020, that they would receive the funds. Both emails also encouraged students who had not already set up a preference with BankMobile to receive other financial aid funds that they should do so immediately in order to receive the CARES Act funds.
The College website includes a FAQ CARES Act where students can find answers to general questions.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) (HEERF II)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on December 27, 2020. This new law gives the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) approximately $22.7 billion to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the HEERF II. The CRRSAA requires that an institution receiving funding under section 314(a)(1) provide the “same amount” in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original CARES Act Student Aid Portion award. Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used 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. Unlike the CARES Act, the HEERF II (CRRSAA) requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants.
  • An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, at a minimum, the same amount in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original CARES Act Student Aid Portion award.
    Hinds Community College acknowledges the institution has signed and returned to the U. S. Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement for the CARES Act funds. The institution was not required to sign an additional agreement in order to draw down these funds. The institution has used, at a minimum, the same amount in financial aid grants to students from the HEERF II funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original CARES Act Student Aid Portion award.
  • The total amount of CRRSAA funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department.
    Hinds Community College received $ 5,260,390 CRRSAA funds from the U. S. Department of Education.
  • The total amount of CRRSAA funds distributed to students.
    As of May 7, 2021, Hinds Community College disbursed $5,241,050 of CRRSAA (HEERF II) funds to students who were enrolled in credit bearing courses at the college in the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters.
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under CRRSAA.
    Hinds Community College estimates that 10,115 students at the institution were eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that these students were thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under CRRSAA.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under CRRSAA.
    Hinds Community College has distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 10,115 students under CRRSAA.
  • The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under CRRSAA.
    Hinds Community College was responsible for determining the neediest students and ensuring that these students received funds. These funds are applicable to students who were enrolled during Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students and International students are NOT eligible. Students qualify in one of three categories:
    1. Students who are not qualified for Federal Student Aid due to Satisfactory Academic Progress ineligibility (hours of enrollment were taken into account when determining amounts).
      • Disbursement amounts per student range from $250—$1,500
      • Total disbursement for this category was $568,500
    2. Students with need determined by Expected Family Contribution (EFC) level on the FAFSA (various amount levels were determined based on the financial aid EFC structure).
      • Disbursement amounts per student range from $250—$1,500
      • Total disbursement for this category was $4,159,750
    3. Students who did not complete a FAFSA (all students have some basic need, including those without any financial aid paperwork on file).
      • Disbursement amounts per student range from $200—$400
      • Total disbursement for this category was $512,800
  • Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
    Emails were sent to all eligible students on May 6, 2021 informing them of their eligibility for the May 7, 2021 disbursement. Students may log in to their My.Hinds account and view the term “Cares Act Disbursement” to review their amounts. Questions and concerns should be directed to HEERF@hindscc.edu.
The College website includes a FAQ on CRRSAA (HEERF II) where students can find answers to general questions.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) (HEERF III)

Hinds Community College is proud to announce that we have recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Education in the form of the HEERF III (Higher Education Emergency Fund). This funding will give us the ability to offer more emergency assistance to eligible Hinds students through the Hinds Cares Summer Grant and the Hinds Relief Grant. The HEERF III was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) (Public Law 117-2) and signed into law on March 11, 2021. This new law gives the U.S. Department of Education approximately $39.6 billion to distribute to institutions of higher education for further prevention, preparation, and response to COVID-19. While HEERF III is structured similarly to the previous HEERF II (provided under the CRRSAA) and HEERF I (provided under the CARES Act), some differences do apply.

Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, that can be used 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 childcare. Similar to the CRRSAA funds (HEERF II), institutions must still prioritize students with exceptional financial need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. Still, students need not be Pell recipients or Pell Grant eligible to receive HEERF III monies.

  • An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used or intends to use, no less than the required amount of funds received under ARP to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

    Hinds Community College acknowledges the institution has signed and returned to the U. S. Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement for the CARES Act funds. The institution was not required to sign an additional agreement in order to draw down these funds. The institution has used or intends to use, no less than the required amount of funds received under ARP to provide grants to students.
  • The total amount of ARP funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department.

    Hinds Community College received $18,004,852 ARP funds from the U. S. Department of Education.
  • The total amount of ARP funds distributed to students.
Hinds Community College has planned to distribute emergency financial aid grants to students estimated $9,002,426 each for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under ARP.

    Hinds Community College will provide an estimate of the number of students at the institution were eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that these students were thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under ARP closer to distribution of funds.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under ARP.

    The total number of students that will receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant will be updated upon disbursement of the funds. (Disbursement Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 for Fall 2021 semester; Spring date to be determined and updated at that time.)
  • The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under ARP.

    Hinds Community College was responsible for determining the neediest students and ensuring that these students received funds. These funds are applicable to students enrolled in Fall 2021 semester and/or students enrolled at the time of distribution in the Spring 2022 semester. Students who were enrolled in both semesters will be eligible for two disbursements, one in each semester of enrollment. The disbursement amounts may vary each semester based on enrollment numbers and the amount of carry forward funds that are available each semester. Below are anticipated amounts and group allocations. Students qualify in one of three categories:
    1. Students who are not qualified for Federal Student Aid due to Satisfactory Academic Progress ineligibility (hours of enrollment were taken into account when determining amounts).
      • Disbursement amounts per student range from $1,000-$2,000
      • Total allocation for this group $678,000
    2. Students with need determined by Expected Family Contribution (EFC) level on the FAFSA (various amount levels were determined based on the financial aid EFC structure).
      • Disbursement amounts per student range from $1,000-$2,000
      • Total allocation for this group will be $6,966,500
    3. Students who did not complete a FAFSA (all students have some basic need, including those without any financial aid paperwork on file).
      • Disbursement amount per student will be $800
      • Total allocation for this group $1,292,000
  • Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid

    Emails will be sent to all eligible students prior to the disbursement informing them of their eligibility. Students may log in to their My.Hinds account and view the term “Cares Act Disbursement” to review their amounts. Questions and concerns should be directed to HEERF@hindscc.edu.

The College website includes a FAQ on ARP(HEERF III) where students can find answers to general questions.

FAQs

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) (HEERF I)

Updated May 11, 2020

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
To address some of the more immediate needs that you, as post-secondary students, might have during this time, Congress and the President of the United States of America enacted and signed the CARES Act on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act allocated funds to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) for each college and university to use, under strict regulation from the federal government, for students who experienced significant disruption to the campus operations as defined by the Act due to the COVID-19 National Emergency which was declared on March 13, 2020.
How do I apply to receive funds from the HEERF?
Students who have completed a FAFSA do not have to complete an additional application in order to receive these emergency funds. Students who have NOT completed a 2019-20 FAFSA will need to do so at www.studentaid.gov to complete the FAFSA and list Hinds CC as one of their college choices using School Code 002407. These results must be on file with the Office of Financial Aid on or before May 22, 2020 to be considered for these funds.
Do all students qualify to receive funds from the HEERF?
No. The CARES Act set certain conditions that must be met for students to establish eligibility for these funds. Students who will qualify for HEERF:
  1. Students who were enrolled and attending face-to-face or hybrid classes on March 13, 2020.
  2. Students who are eligible to receive Title IV funds. (Please note that this does not mean that students actually received federal financial aid funds.)
  3. Students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Students who will not qualify for HEERF:
  1. Students enrolled in 100% online classes.
  2. Students who are in default on prior student loans.
  3. Dual Credit/Dual Enrolled students cannot be included due to this group not having a High School diploma or equivalent.
  4. KLLM students (not enrolled in a Title IV eligible program)
  5. DACA and International students
  6. MiBest students who have not been classified as Career Pathway
How is Title IV eligibility determined?
The federal criteria for receiving funding through the CARES Act states a student must be Title IV eligible. The federal criteria includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  1. U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen;
  2. a valid Social Security number;
  3. registration with Selective Service (if the student is male);
  4. a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
In order for Hinds CC to determine if a student is eligible for Title IV funds, students should complete a 2019-20 FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov. (Hinds CC School Code is 002407)
Is there a deadline for those students who have not completed a FAFSA for 2019-20 who want to receive HEERF?
Results from the FAFSA should be on file with the Office of Financial Aid by May 22, 2020.
How will I know how much I will receive from the HEERF?
Students should monitor their my.hinds account under “Account Activity.”
Do I have to repay the government or HCC for funding I receive through the CARES Act?
No. Emergency financial aid grants awarded through the CARES Act do not require repayment.
When will these emergency funds be available to eligible students?
There will be two disbursements to students who had completed a FAFSA by May 8. Those funds will be available to eligible students on May 15 and May 29. Students who complete the FAFSA and have their results in the Office of Financial Aid by May 22 and are found to be eligible to receive Title IV funds will receive a single disbursement on May 29.
At institutions that provide both online and ground-based education, are students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs prior to the national emergency due to the coronavirus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants?
At institutions that provide both online and ground-based education, those students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 53 at 1533738, are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants. The formula provided by Congress for calculating the distribution of funds to institutions excludes students who were exclusively enrolled in distance education courses. Additionally, the emergency financial aid grants to students are for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, and students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs would not have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
What if I need assistance in completing the FAFSA?
Hinds CC’s Student Access Center will be available to assist students with questions they may have about completing the FAFSA. Please email them at StudentAccessCenter@hindscc.edu to set up a virtual help session. Students may also refer to this Youtube video presented by Get2College which takes students through the application process.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) (HEERF II)

What is HEERF II (CRRSAA)?
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on December 27, 2020. This new law gives the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) approximately $22.7 billion to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the HEERF II. The CRRSAA requires that an institution receiving funding under section 314(a)(1) provide the “same amount” in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original CARES Act Student Aid Portion award. Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used 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. Unlike the CARES Act, the HEERF II (CRRSAA) requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants.
Is the Cares Act and the HEERF II Grant the same thing?
Unlike the CARES Act, the HEERF II (CRRSAA) requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants.
Do I have to apply for the HEERF II Grant?
No, eligibility is being reviewed for all students enrolled at Hinds Community College during the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters. No additional action is needed by students at this time.
How do I know if I qualify for the HEERF II Grant?
Hinds Community College disbursed $5,241,050 of HEERF II funds directly to students on May 7, 2021 to eligible students who were enrolled in credit bearing courses at Hinds Community College in the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students and International students are NOT eligible. The college was responsible for determining the neediest students and ensuring that these students received funds. These funds are applicable to students who were enrolled during Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters. Students qualify in one of three categories below.
Need was determined in multiple ways:
  1. Students who are not qualified for Federal Student Aid due to Satisfactory Academic Progress ineligibility (hours of enrollment were taken into account when determining amounts).
    1. Disbursement amounts per student range from $250—$1,500
    2. Total disbursement for this category was $568,500
  2. Students with need determined by Expected Family Contribution (EFC) level on the FAFSA (various amount levels were determined based on the financial aid EFC structure).
    1. Disbursement amounts per student range from $250—$1,500
    2. Total disbursement for this category was $4,159,750
  3. Students who did not complete a FAFSA (all students have some basic need, including those without any financial aid paperwork on file).
    1. Disbursement amounts per student range from $200—$400
    2. Total disbursement for this category was $512,800
Emails were sent to all eligible students on May 6, 2021 informing them of their eligibility for the May 7, 2021 disbursement.
When will the money be disbursed?
Funds are being disbursed to students on Friday, May 7, 2021. Please check your My.Hinds for details.
Will the HEERF II money be applied to my student account?
HEERF II funding will NOT be applied to your Hinds Community College account. Even if you have outstanding tuition and fees, your funds will be distributed directly to you. If you wish to use these funds to pay your account balance, please make a payment with the Business Office.
Is HEERF II available to out-of-state students?
HEERF II funding is available for out-of-state students.
Is HEERF II available to DACA or International Students?
No, DACA or International Students are not eligible to receive this funding.
Will I have to come to the campus to receive the grant?
No, however, if you have not already made a refund selection preference with BankMobile, you should do so immediately at RefundSelection.com. Any eligible student who does not select a refund preference may see a significant delay in receiving funds.
How much will I be awarded?
Awards range from $200—$1,500 per student based on need. Awards differ based on enrollment status and individual need. Students should review their specific amount in their My.Hinds account and view the term “Cares Act Disbursement.”
I know someone that received a different amount. Why is that?
Every college receives different amounts of funds from the United States Department of Education. Each college is responsible for determining award levels based on their neediest students. Because each college has a different amount of money, a different number of eligible students, and different levels of need, student grant amounts will vary both within the institution and by college.
Will students be getting more than one disbursement?
This current round of funding for May 7, 2021 will be provided to students in one disbursement. Additional funds may become available to the college at a later date and those additional disbursements will be communicated to eligible students at that time.
Do I need to repay the grant I receive?
No, you do not need to repay this grant.
Would this funding reduce my financial aid?
No, this is a one-time grant that will not affect your existing financial aid.
If I am graduating in Spring 2021 or graduated in Fall 2020, am I still eligible for the HEERF II Emergency Grant?
Yes, students who were enrolled in Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 and meet eligibility criteria can receive emergency grant funds.
How do I get in contact with someone if I have questions?
You may email HEERF@hindscc.edu with any questions you have and someone will respond to you as quickly as they can.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) (HEERF III)

Do I have to apply for the Hinds Relief Grant (HEERF III)?
Yes. Unlike with the Hinds disbursement of funds from the CARES Act (HEERF I) and CRRSAA (HEERF II) grants, students must apply to receive HEERF III funds. The deadline to apply is July 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
How will I know if I qualify for the Hinds Relief Grant (HEERF III)?
Students will be notified via their Hinds student email about HEERF III eligibility once funding decisions have been made by the college.
When will money be disbursed?
HEERF III money will be disbursed prior to the midterm of both the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Eligible students will be notified via their Hinds student email regarding disbursement dates and other important information.
Which semesters must students be enrolled in to be eligible for Hinds Relief Grant (HEERF III)?
Funds from HEERF III will only be available to students who attended the FL20 and/or SP21 semesters, and/or those who are currently enrolled in the SU21 semester, and/or those who will be attending the FL21 and/or SP22 semesters.
Residency
Grant applicants who attended Hinds in the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 semesters may be classified as in-state, out-of-state, or out-of-country students. Grant applicants who did not attend Hinds in one of those three semesters must be classified as in-state students in the Fall 2021 semester.
Will the Hinds Relief Grant (HEERF III) money be applied to my student account?
Students will have the option to either apply HEERF III funds to their Hinds Community College student account or receive the funds directly. Students will answer as to their preference during the HEERF III application process. Be sure to indicate your choice of option during that time.
Will I have to come to the campus to receive the grant?
No. However, if you have not already made a refund selection preference with BankMobile, you should do so immediately. Students can set their BankMobile preferences here. *Any eligible student who wishes to have funds directly disbursed to them and have not selected a refund preference with BankMobile may see a significant delay in receiving funds.
How much will I be awarded?
Awards are a flat rate of $1,000 per eligible student per semester permitted funding is available. Students can review their disbursement amount in their My.Hinds account.
Will students be getting more than one disbursement?
This current round of funding for the 2021—2022 academic year will be provided to eligible students in one disbursement in the Fall 2021 semester and one disbursement in the Spring 2022 semester (permitting funds are available for both semesters).
Do I need to repay the Hinds Relief Grant (HEERF III) money I receive?
No. Money you receive from HEERF III does not have to be repaid.
Will this funding reduce my financial aid?
No. This is a one-time grant for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 that will not affect your existing financial aid.
Are funds from HEERF III considered taxable income?
No. Emergency financial aid grants given to students because of an event related to the COVID-19 national emergency are not included in the student’s gross income.
How do I get in contact with someone if I have questions?
You may email HEERF@hindscc.edu with any questions you have and someone will respond to you as quickly as they can.