Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

SCC Use of Federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act Funds

The CARES Act provides support to postsecondary education students and institutions. The act authorizes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to provide cash grants to students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The institution is required to report the information below and update it every 45 days.

June 25, 2020

1. SCC has executed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement that states that the institution will 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.

2. Pursuant to the above Certification and Agreement, SCC has received $593,815 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students that SCC has distributed as of the above date is $526,797.

4. The estimated total number of SCC students 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 is 850.

5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 10884(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the above date is 730.

6. The method used to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:

a. To identify students who were eligible to receive funds, SCC looked for students who had filed a 2019-20 FAFSA and passed or resolved all eligibility checks, which included, but are not limited to, having a valid Social Security number, being a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, having a high school diploma or its equivalency, not being in default on a student loan or having a grant overpayment, being enrolled in an eligible program of study, making Satisfactory Academic Progress, and if male, registering with the Selective Service.

b. The amount of the funds awarded in the initial distribution in April 2020 was prorated, with greater amounts going to students with full time enrollment status and the most need based on their FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and lesser amounts going to students with lower enrollment statuses and/or less need. Students who were half time or less than half time, and only in online classes as of March 13, 2020 were not awarded.

c. A second round of awards were distributed in late May and early June 2020 to Title IV eligible students that incurred additional expenses to return to campus or clinical sites to complete hours from the Spring 2020 semester. These awards were prorated based on the contact hours the students needed to complete.

d. A group of students were awarded out of the Nursing program in July 2020. These funds were given to Title IV eligible students who completed required hours to assist with their Nursing board exams.

7. Students receiving funds were notified via email and/or a letter enclosed with the check, that the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are to help with their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. They were also told about the method to determine eligibility and amount received.

CARES Act Reporting
Institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the CARES Act are required to report to the Secretary of Education the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF). This page provides information about Southwestern Community College’s participation in the CARES ACT and a link to the Report describing the college’s use of the HEERF Institutional Portion funding (P425F200689).  This information will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

Southwestern Community College signed the Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act to the Department of Education on 04/21/2020.  The college was allocated $593,815 for the Institutional Portion to cover institutional costs associated with the coronavirus.

Please click on the link below to view the college’s Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(2).  The report reflects the total amount(s) allocated and amount expended for the quarter.

HEERF Quarterly Reporting

In addition to the $593,815, Southwestern Community College received funding for Strengthening Institutional Programs (P425M200827) in the amount of $58,244.