Financial Assistance

CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

Congress and the President of the United States 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 the campus operations as defined by the Act due to the COVID-19 National Emergency that was declared on March 13, 2020.

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.)

FAQs CARES Act - Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

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.

HEERF Report - Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, 30-Day Disclosure

Updated May 21, 2020

Acknowledgement
Hinds Community College signed and returned the Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and 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 funds to students.

Total Amount of Funds Received to be Disbursed to Students
Hinds Community College received a total of $5,260,390 as the allocation for student grants.

Eligibility Requirements
Not all Hinds CC students are eligible for the HEERF grant provided through the CARES Act under federal law.

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.)

Classification of Students
All students enrolled at Hinds Community College on March 13, 2020, were assigned to one of two groups:

  1. Group 1 – Those who filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and had results on file with Hinds CC as of May 5, 2020 = 6,185 students2.
  2. Group 2 – Those who had not filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA as of May 5, 2020 = 1,007 students

Communication with Instructions for Students
All students in both of the groups received one of two email communications.  Both emails contained information on general eligibility criteria.

GROUP 1 – The emails that went to the Group 1 students explained that 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, if they met all criteria.

GROUP 2 – The emails that went to the Group 2 students explained 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, if they met all criteria.

Both emails also encouraged students who had not already set up a preference with BankMobile to receive other financial aid funds should do so immediately in order to receive the CARES Act funds.

Allocation of Funds
Total Funds from CARES Act ($5,260,390) will be disbursed as follows:

Group 1
  • Each student who met the criteria will receive two disbursements.
  • The first disbursement was made on May 15, 2020 in the amount of $500 to each student who met all criteria.
  • Total students = 4,734 (Out of the 6,185 who had completed the FAFSA, these met all criteria)
  • Total of first disbursement = $2,367,000
  • The second disbursement is scheduled for May 29, 2020.
  • The per student amount of this disbursement is yet to be determined.
  • Total students will be determined by adding those who complete the FAFSA and have results on file in the Office of Financial Aid to the total of eligible students in Group 1.
  • Total of second disbursement = $2,893,390
Group 2
  • Each student who meets the criteria will receive one disbursement.
  • This disbursement is scheduled for May 29, 2020.
  • The per student amount of this disbursement is yet to be determined.
  • Total students will be determined by adding those who complete the FAFSA and have a valid EFC on file in the Office of Financial Aid to the total of eligible students in Group 1.
  • Total of second disbursement = $2,893,390

Student Emergency Relief Fund

The Hinds Community College Foundation is currently processing Student Emergency Relief Fund applications already received and we are not accepting new applications at this time.

The Hinds Community College Foundation has established a Student Emergency Relief Fund. The purpose of this fund is to support student success by removing financial obstacles resulting from an unforeseen financial emergency that without assistance would prevent a student from continuing their education at Hinds Community College.

Funding for this Student Emergency Relief Fund has been made available in part by the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) through the Mississippi Community College Foundation. Other entities and individuals may make gifts to this Student Emergency Relief Fund through the Hinds Community College Foundation.