2021 Summer Semester Block Grants for Eligible Students

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, PL 117-2 (ARP) was signed into law. ARP appropriated approximately $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated to colleges and universities to assist students with emergency grants in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Under ARP, PCC received an allocation of $1,111,495 to be awarded directly to students in the form of emergency grants to assist with expenses associated with COVID-19, including (but not limited to) food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.

There is no application needed for 2021 Summer Semester ARP HEERF III Block Emergency Grant.  Eligible students will automatically receive a block grant based on the following criteria and will be notified of their eligibility through their PCC student email accounts.  ARP HEERF III Emergency Grant eligibility is based on:

  • Curriculum Enrollment Status
  • Continuing Education students enrolled/attended 96 hours or more
  • No FAFSA required

To ensure that funding is awarded to those students with the highest need, ARP HEERF III Emergency Grant amounts for the 2021 summer semester will be prioritized and vary depending on the individual student’s EFC as determined by the 20-21 FAFSA and enrollment status as follows:

EFCFull-Time
12 hours or more
Three-Quarter-Time
9-11 Hours
Half-Time
6-8 Hours
Less-Than-Half-Time
1-5 Hours
0$900$675$450$225
1-5711$700$525$350$175
5712-8500$500$375$250$125
>8500 or No FAFSA$300$225$150$75

CE students enrolled/attended 96 or more hours will receive $300.

ARP HEERF III Emergency Grants are NOT considered to be financial aid or a loan.  Students will NOT be required to repay these funds.  Receipt of an emergency grant will have no effect on future financial aid eligibility.

ARP HEERF III Emergency Grant checks for eligible students will go into the mail on Friday, October 1, 2021.

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CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

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.

Under CRRSA, PCC received an allocation of $284,793 to be awarded directly to students in the form of emergency grants to assist with expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including (but not limited to) food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare. There is no application for the HEERF II Emergency Grant. Students enrolled Spring 2021 in a Curriculum program or Continuing Education program that is 96 hours or more are eligible for the grants.

Funds will automatically be applied to student’s account and an Emergency Relief refund check will be mailed directly to students. Award amounts will be prioritized by student’s demonstrated need.

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CARES Act

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

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