The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund HEERF II Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund HEERF II Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund HEERF II Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

The Monongalia County Technical Education Center was eligible to participate in the two programs below based on the approval of the grant applications for the CRRSAA completed in April 2021.

Program: Student Portion
CRRSAA Action Section: Section 314(a)(1)
Eligibility:  Public and Nonprofit Title IV participating

Program: Institutional Portion
CRRSAA Action Section: Section 314(a)(1)
Eligibility: Public and Nonprofit Title IV participating institutions 
 

CRRSAA ACT SECTION 314(a)(1): HEERF II Student Aid Portion

What is the HEERF II Student Aid portion of the CARES Act?

Under CRRSAA, financial aid grants are made to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.  The Secretary does not consider these individual financial aid grants to constitute Federal financial aid under Title IV of the HEA.

Who is eligible for the Student Aid portion?

The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants.  However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell Grants in order to receive this financial aid grant.

The Monongalia County Technical Education Center distributed CRRSAA HEERF II student aid funding to all students who were active as of March 1, 2021.  Grant funds were disbursed evenly among 50 students enrolled in Title IV eligible programs during second semester 2021.

 

1. The Monongalia County Technical Education Center signed and returned to the Department of

Education, the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution would

distribute $46,841.00 of the funds received under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

2. The Monongalia County Technical Education Center has since received an additional $177,409.00 in CARES Act funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. These additional funds will be distributed to our students over two separate occurrences. Half will be distributed in November of 2021 and the remaining April of 2022.

3. As of September 30, 2021, The Monongalia County Technical Education Center has disbursed a total of $46,841.00 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students

4.  Grant funds were disbursed evenly among 50 students enrolled in Title IV eligible programs during second semester 2021 (May 20, 2021). An estimate of 50 students will be eligible for the distribution of grant funds for the 2021-2022 school year.

6. The Monongalia County Technical Education Center chose to disburse funds to all students enrolled in Pell-eligible programs who were enrolled continuously as of March 1, 2021. We selected to distribute funds evenly among all students.

7.  Following is the correspondence provided to students who were recipients of the funds:

 

May 20, 2021

Dear Student,

The 2020-2021 academic year has been like no other in our history. You have endured obstacles this

year that students in past years could not imagine. With Covid-19, the federal government issued

stimulus checks; the federal government also allotted monies to schools for institutional needs as well

as student needs.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) of 2021 provided funds

for students. MTEC recently requested these funds in order to offset some of the hardships endured by

students during the 2020-2021 academic year. These funds can be used for any “emergency costs that

arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or

child care.”

The CRRSAA states that adult students must be enrolled in Title IV (Pell eligible) programs to be eligible

for the funds. Students are not required to be Pell eligible to receive these funds.

The funds received by MTEC are being divided equally among all adult students who were enrolled

during second semester in Pell-eligible programs. The Title IV programs include Practical Nurse, Pre-PN/Medical Assistant, Surgical Technology and HVAC Technician.

You are receiving the check today to be used as needed for reimbursement of costs you incurred during

the school year. Please take the time to cash the check in a timely manner as the funds cannot remain

in the school’s account.

Best wishes to you.

The Monongalia County Technical Education Center

 

November 15, 2021 

Dear Students,

Students enrolled during the 2021-2022 academic year have experienced unique challenges brought on by the global pandemic.  With Covid-19, the federal government issued stimulus checks; the federal government also allotted monies to schools for institutional needs as well as student needs. 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) of 2021 provided funds for students.  MTEC requested these funds in order to offset some of the hardships endured by students during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years.  These funds can be used for any “emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.” 

The CRRSAA states that adult students must be enrolled in Title IV (Pell eligible) programs to be eligible for the funds.  Students are not required to be Pell eligible to receive these funds. 

The funds received by MTEC are being divided equally among all adult students who were enrolled in Pell-eligible programs as of October 15, 2021.  The Title IV programs include Practical Nurse, Pre-PN/Medical Assistant, Surgical Technology, and HVAC Technician.   

You are receiving the check today to be used as needed for reimbursement of costs you incurred during the school year.  Please take the time to cash the check in a timely manner as the funds cannot remain in the school’s account. 

Best wishes to you. 

The Monongalia County Technical Education Center 

Greg Dausch 

Principal/Director 

 

 

CRRSAA:  Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) info:

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/crrsaa.html 

 

Related Documents 

01290400_HEERF_Q32021_101021

 

 





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