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CARES Act

WHAT IS THE CARES ACT STUDENT EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANT?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides emergency funding to higher education. A portion of these funds have been set aside for students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These emergency grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including childcare, food, healthcare/medical, housing, technology, and course materials.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVID-19 STUDENT EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND GRANT?

Per the Department of Education, only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in these programs include but not limited to US citizenship or eligible noncitizenship; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma or equivalency. Students must meet Title IV eligibility requirements in order to receive HEERF emergency funds. PCC must verify that the student is Title IV eligible before funds can be disbursed.

Eligibility Requirements

The CARES Act emergency assistance fund application is open to students at PCC who were attending classes on or after March 13, 2020. To be eligible for a grant, students must meet ALL of the following qualifications:
* Enrolled at PCC in a 16-week and/or 2nd 8-week course(s) in the spring of 2020 on or after March 13, 2020

* Enrolled in the spring 2020 term in a Financial Aid Eligible Program

* Not originally enrolled in completely online courses for spring 2020

* Completed 2019-2020 FAFSA listing PCC school code 009646

We encourage all students, regardless of Financial Aid status, to apply and submit a FAFSA. Eligibility for a Pell grant is not required in determining eligibility for a CARES Act grant. If you think you may meet the CARES Act grant eligibility criteria, please complete the FAFSA.

The following students are not eligible to receive funding under the CARES Act:
* Career and College Promise (high school) Students
* PECIL Early College High School Students
* International and Undocumented Students (including DACA)
* Online Students (students who were enrolled exclusively in online classes as of March 13)
* Students who are not maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress  (SAP)
* Students who have unsatisfied overpayments and/or loan default status on previous Federal Student Aid
* Students who have been convicted of a drug-related offense while receiving Financial Aid

APPLY TODAY FOR THE COVID-19 STUDENT EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND GRANT

Eligible students will receive an email link to the application via their PCC student email address. Any follow-up communication about your application will be sent to your PCC student email address, as well. Funds will be issued via check. Please login into WebAdvisor and view My Profile to make sure we have your accurate mailing address on file. If you need to update your address, you may do so through WebAdvisor Doc e Fill – (Forms) by completing the Change of Student Information Form. The college will make every effort to distribute funds on a weekly basis.

QUESTIONS?

Please follow-up with the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions:
Person County Campus – (336) 599-1181, ext. 4004
Caswell County Campus – (336) 694-8046

 

Student Aid Reports

 * 10/10/20 HEERF Report

* 7/16/20 HEERF Report

 * 6/3/20 HEERF Report