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Emergency Fund and HEERF

What Is HEERF And Where Did The Funding For Emergency Grants Come From?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. 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.

Who is Eligible for a HEERF Grant?

To be eligible for a HEERF Grant, a student must be enrolled in the active semester at IVC and declare IVC their college of record.

Will I Receive HEERF Grant Even If I Owe a Pell Overpayment Or Return To Title IV Overpayment?

No. While you may not qualify for the HEERF Grant, you should apply for the IVC Foundation Emergency Grant by submitting the online Emergency Fund Student Application.

When Will I Receive My HEERF Emergency Grant?

Funds are disbursed to eligible students after the census date for the active semester.

Semester

Census Date

Fall 2021

September 13, 2021

Spring 2022

February 7, 2022

How Can I Use The Money?

These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving, or other expenses incurred this semester.

Do I Have To Pay Back The Emergency Grant?

No. It is an emergency grant, not a loan, so it does not need to be paid back.

Can I Receive Both The HEERF Grant And The IVC Foundation Emergency Grant?

Due to limited funding, students will be not eligible to receive multiple emergency grants at this time.

What If I Need More Money Than The Emergency Grant I Received?

We understand that many students are experiencing extreme financial distress right now. The HEERF Grant and IVC Foundation Emergency Grant are meant to help supplement your financial needs. We know that for many of you, the grants are not enough.

If you continue to experience financial distress, submit CARES Act Emergency Grant Application .

Do I Need To Apply For HEERF Grant?

The Financial Aid Office uses students’ 2021-22 FAFSA and CADAA applications to automatically award IVC students enrolled during the active semester.

If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA or CADAA, you may complete an  Emergency Fund Application

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a type of attack carried out in order to steal usernames, passwords, credit card information, Social Security numbers, and other sensitive data by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. The goal of most Phishing emails is to trick you into visiting a web site in order to steal your personal information. Attackers will set up web sites under their control that look and feel like legitimate web sites.

Who Do I Contact If I Have Questions?

For basic questions about your eligibility for a HEERF Grant, please email the Financial Aid Office at ivcfinancialaid@ivc.edu( or call 949-451-5287.

For status updates on your IVC Foundation Emergency Fund Application, you can email the IVC Foundation at ivcfoundation@ivc.edu.

How can I identify a Phishing scam?

The first rule to remember is to never give out any personal information in an email.

No institution, bank or otherwise, will ever ask for this information via email. It may not always be easy to tell whether an email or website is legitimate and phishing emails are using social engineering tactics to make create sophisticated scams.

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 ivcfinancialaid@ivc.edu.

Do I only need to worry about Phishing attacks via email?

No. It is always important to be vigilant and remain suspicious of sources that ask for your credentials and other personal information.

Do I have to pay any fees to obtain the CARES Act Grant?

No. Any attempt to collect money in exchange for grants is a scam. IVC will use the information you have provided in MySite and/or your FAFSA to communicate with you or disburse aid to you if you meet all eligibility criteria set by the CARES Act for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant.

Will you need my personal information to award me the CARES Act Grant?

No. IVC will use the information you have provided in MySite and/or your FAFSA to communicate with you or disburse aid to you if you meet all eligibility criteria set by the CARES Act for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant.

How do I report a suspicious email or scam?

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 ivcfinancialaid@ivc.edu.

I (or my parents) have become unemployed during COVID-19 and need more financial aid. How can I request more financial aid?

Contact the Financial Aid Office at ivcfinancialaid@ivc.edu to request an Income Reduction Appeal.

Additionally, please submit the IVC Foundation Emergency Fund Student Application and then email the Financial Aid Office to notify us that you have submitted the application to request additional funds.