Emergency Funds

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

CCCC has signed and returned the certification and agreement form to receive the allocated portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The institution will use the HEERF funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% ($1,211,050) of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

The Department of Education has provided emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. In these unusual and unprecedented times, we recognize that students may face unexpected challenges in reaching their educational goals and require short-term financial support to achieve success. HEERF funds are intended to provide emergency grants to help students meet urgent, basic needs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare as the result of the coronavirus.

Eligibility Requirements For a Student To Receive HEERF Grant
  • Have incurred expenses for new arrangements that had to be made due to the closure of college facilities--such as expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or childcare.
  • Complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA, if you are attending the 2019-2020 academic year; complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA if you are attending the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be deemed Title IV eligible as defined by Section 484 of the Higher Education Act. Eligibility criteria includes the following:
    • Student is enrolled and accepted for enrollment in a financial aid approved degree or certificate/diploma program.
    • Student has a high school diploma or GED.
    • Student meets satisfactory academic progress, as applicable.
    • Student does not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
    • Student is not in default on a Title IV loan.
    • Student, as part of the financial aid application process, filed a certification that includes a statement of educational purpose and social security number.
    • Student has a verified security number.
    • Student is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible noncitizen.
    • Student returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.
    • Student has not fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
    • Student repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
    • Student registered with Selective Service, as applicable.
    • Student does not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations
  • Not be enrolled exclusively in any of the online CERTIFICATE programs listed below:
    • Library Technical Services, Library Cataloging, Library Programs, Library Public Services, Library Basics, and/or Library Management
    • Health Information Technology-Data Analytics, Health Information Technology-Electronic Health Records, and/or Health Information Technology-Patient Access
  • Complete a HEERF Grant application
Application

HEERF Grant Application. Students must use their CCCC mail account.

Grant Funds Can Be Used For The Following Types Of Needs

This fund intends to provide emergency grants to help students meet urgent, basic needs such as:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare

*Please note these funds can not be used to satisfy an outstanding account balance.*

Awarded Amounts

These funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Eligible students award amount can range from $250 to a maximum of $2,000. Please see below for the awarding methodology.

Student Groups Full Time
(12+)
Three-Quarter Time
(9-11)
Half-Time
(6-8)
Less-than-half-time
(1-5)
Estimated Family Contribution:
$0
$2,000 $1,500 $1,000 $500
Estimated Family Contribution:
$1-$5,576
$1,500 $1,125 $750 $375
Estimated Family Contribution:
$5,577 and higher
$1,000 $750 $500 $250

The highest grant amounts are provided to eligible students who exhibit the highest financial need as determined from their financial aid application (FAFSA). Furthermore, emergency grant award amounts for students who are enrolled less than full time will be prorated accordingly.

For example, students enrolled in 6 credit hours would receive half the amount compared to full-time students.

Disbursement of Funds

The disbursements will follow the methodology of awarded amounts shown in the table above.

Funds will be disbursed on a weekly basis via paper checks mailed to eligible students. The full award will be disbursed to students regardless of whether they owe a balance to the school. All eligible students will have a check sent to the CURRENT address listed on their student account. If a student's address is not currently up to date, the student will need to contact the Registrar's Office directly to update the address on file.

Department of Education Reporting

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant: 2,003

Total number of applications: 970

The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant: 455

The total amount that has been distributed to students to date: $636,875

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency grants: All currently enrolled students received an email notification (Exhibit 1 - PDF)

Contact Information

For questions or inquiries, please email covid19grantfund@cccc.edu.

FAQs
What is the HEERF Grant and where did the funding for the emergency grant come from?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was the creation of 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 coronavirus.

How much HEERF funding did Central Carolina Community College receive?

Central Carolina Community College has been allocated $1.2 million to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are intended to help with academically related expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.

What are the eligibility requirements for the HEERF Grant?
Do I have to complete a FAFSA to receive the HEERF Grant?

Yes, you may complete your FAFSA online.

I have not applied for the 2019-2020 FAFSA. Is it too late?

Students can complete the 2019-20 FAFSA through June 30, 2020. The 2019-20 FAFSA covers the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms.

How do I apply for the HEERF grant?

An application has been created for students who would like to apply for the HEERF grant. Complete the HEERF grant application.

When will I know if my request for HEERF Grant has been approved?

Financial Aid staff will begin the review and approval process the week of May 11th. We anticipate the review and approval of applications may take 3 - 5 business days. You will receive an email notification regarding the application decision and will also be able to see the approved HEERF funding amount by checking your financial aid award via WebAdvisor.

How will I receive the HEERF Grant?

Funds will be paid directly to you via a paper check mailed to your CURRENT address on your WebAdvisor account. To verify your address, you should immediately log in to your WebAdvisor student account to view your CURRENT mailing address. If any changes need to be made, please contact the Registrar's Office directly.

When will I receive my HEERF Grant?

We expect disbursements to begin the week of May 18th.

Will I receive the HEERF grant even if I owe the College money?

Yes. If you are approved to receive the HEERF grant, you will receive the money even if you have a current outstanding balance.

What amount will I receive from the HEERF Grant?

The highest grant amounts are provided to eligible students who exhibit the highest financial need as determined from their financial aid applications. Furthermore, emergency grant award amounts for students who are enrolled less than full time will be prorated accordingly.

Does it matter how many credits I am taking in Spring 2020/Summer 2020?

The HEERF grant will be prorated for students who are not enrolled as a full-time student. Students will be considered full-time if they are currently enrolled in 12 or more credits.

Should I apply for the HEERF Grant?

Yes, if you incurred eligible expenses (food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and/or childcare) related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What if I need more money than the HEERF grant I received?

We understand that many students are experiencing extreme financial distress right now. The HEERF grant is meant to help supplement your financial needs. We know that for many of you, the grant is not enough. If you continue to experience financial distress, please review the Financial Aid website for more emergency grant options and/or visit CCCC Cares website for more information regarding receiving assistance.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

For general questions about your eligibility for HEERF Grant, you can email covid19grantfund@cccc.edu.