HEERF II Reporting

CRRSAA:
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

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.

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 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. 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.

FAQs

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.