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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and Emergency Grants

This page continues to be updated as additional emergency grants become available; visit frequently for the latest information.

American Rescue Plan (ARP / HEERF III)

The U.S. Department of Education announced on May 11, 2021 that emergency grants were provided to institutions to “equitably expand opportunity by targeting resources to all students with exceptional financial need.

Student Eligibility Requirements for HEERF III

Using students’ 2020-21 FAFSA and CADAA applications, the Financial Aid Office reviewed student eligibility to automatically award IVC students enrolled during the Spring 2021 semester. All students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 - 5711 automatically received a HEERF grant totaling $1000 in Spring 2021. Those with an EFC of 5712-10000 were automatically awarded a HEERF grant totaling $500 in Spring 2021

If you are an IVC student currently enrolled in an active semester, in need of financial assistance to help relieve the pressures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, and have not already been awarded a HEERF grant, you may complete an Emergency Fund Application.

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 and HEERF

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

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) that was signed into law in December 2020.

Student Eligibility Requirements for HEERF II

Using students’ 2020-21 FAFSA and CADAA applications, the Financial Aid Office reviewed student eligibility to automatically award IVC students enrolled during the Spring 2021 semester. All students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 - 5711 automatically received a HEERF grant totaling $1000 in Spring 2021. Those with an EFC of 5712-10000 were automatically awarded a HEERF grant totaling $500 in Spring 2021

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 and HEERF

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

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act, provides students much-needed grants to address the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student Eligibility Requirements for HEERF

On April 27, 2020, IVC received funding approval for $4,504,290.00 from the CARES Act, including $18,480.00 from the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) CARES Act, the first half of the allocation going directly to assist as many as 4,980 Fall 2020 IVC students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The other half of the funding is allocated to the institution to partially offset any allowable costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. As of December 31, 2020, 4,308 IVC students have received a HEERF Grant for the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 semester, for a total of $2,171,905.00.

With the June 17, 2020 federal district court ruling in the case brought by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, we updated our eligibility requirements accordingly. To be eligible for a CARES Act HEERF Grant, a student must be enrolled and attending classes while these funds are available at IVC; declare IVC their college of record for purposes of receiving a CARES Act HEERF Grant and now meet the now-current eligibility requirements for California Community College students.

Previously, the Financial Aid Office reviewed student eligibility bi-weekly to make awards to students and so no separate application was needed. Prior to the court ruling, an email notification was sent to FAFSA eligible students regarding the CARES Act HEERF Grant and completing the FAFSA. Students wishing to pursue a CARES Act HEERF grant needed to complete the CARES Act Emergency Grant Application. Awarding of IVC CARES Act HEERF grants is subject to availability of funds, on a first come, first served basis. Students are still strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA or a DREAM App to apply for other types of student aid offered via those applications.

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 and HEERF

Documents

  1. Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act
  2. Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act
  3. Grant Award Notification (Award Period: 4/24/20-04/23/2021)
  4. Grant Award Notification (Award Period: 5/06/20-05/05/2021)
  5. Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting, HEERF I funds - Amended (Quarter Ending: September 2020)
  6. Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting, (Quarter Ending: December 2020)
  7. Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting, (Quarter Ending: March 2021)
  8. Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting, (Quarter Ending: June 2021)

 

For questions or comments contact IVC Fiscal Office

IVC Emergency Relief Fund

The IVC Foundation can provide supplemental financial resources when members of our campus community find themselves in the midst of an emergency. If you are a currently enrolled Irvine Valley College student who is experiencing unexpected financial stress due to an illness, accident, a natural disaster, or the death of a family member, you can apply for the IVC Emergency Relief FundApplications may take up to two weeks to process

ALERT: Phishing Scams Related to Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Phishing emails are being received regarding HEER funding. Stay alert of the phishing scams related to student assistance that are likely to surface in the coming days and weeks. Do not provide personal information like your Social Security number or bank account information.

Keep in mind the following tips for spotting scams:

  1. Federal, state, and local governments will not ask you to pay a “deposit” or any other fees to obtain funding. Any attempt to collect money in exchange for grants is a scam. 
  2. Neither the government nor Irvine Valley College will request your Social Security number, bank account number, credit card number, or other sensitive information as a prerequisite for receiving a grant.
  3. Refer to the Emergency Grant information above and the Emergency Fund FAQ for details about emergency aid being distributed.

If you receive a message you believe to be a scam, you can ignore it or check in with the Financial Aid Office by forwarding the email message as an attachment to .