Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I, II, & III)
Eastern Gateway Community College is grateful to have the opportunity to deliver additional financial support to qualifying students during the challenging times we face because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Since early 2020, the U.S. Government has passed several pieces of legislation granting this funding, all of which fall under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF I, II, & III) bills. Legislation includes: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, HEERF I), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA, HEERF II), and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP, HEERF III).
In conjunction with the receipt of funding from the Acts mentioned above, and in compliance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, EGCC provides the below report which documents cumulative fund usage of the student portion of HEERF funds during Quarter 4 of 2021 (October 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021). Note that the institutional usage of HEERF funding during this period is published in the corresponding PDF file, linked on the right-hand side of this page, and titled, “HEERF Institutional Quarterly Report – 2021 Q4.”
HEERF I, II, & III Student Funding – 2021 Q4 Report (October 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021)
In accordance with the May 13, 2021 Federal Register, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public:
(1) EGCC acknowledges that we have signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and assure that we will use no less than the required amounts designated under the CARES Act, CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
(2) EGCC has or will receive a total of $12,012,223 through the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP (a)(1) HEERF Funds to be utilized as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
(3) To date, EGCC has awarded $871,483 under the CARES, CRRSAA, and/or ARP (a)(1) program(s).
(4) To date, EGCC estimates that 33,109 current or prior students may be eligible to receive funding under the CARES, CRRSAA, and/or ARP (a)(1) program(s).
(5) To date, 1,162 students have received funding under the CARES, CRRSAA, and/or ARP (a)(1) program(s), and EGCC expects to exhaust the remainder of the funding by the completion of the Spring 2022 Semester.
(6) EGCC has awarded CARES, CRRSAA, and/or ARP Student funding as emergency cash grant to students who met the eligibility requirements for CARES Act aid but did not receive a grant through the CARES Act student portion of funding.
Current eligibility criteria is as follows:
a. Preference given to those residing in EGCC’s Ohio service district (Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning, or Trumbull counties), however all potentially eligible students will be considered.
b. Must have completed a 2020-2021 and/or a 2021-2022 FAFSA, submitted all supplemental documentation as required by ED, and be eligible to receive Title IV Federal Aid.
c. Meet all enrollment requirements and have attended, or currently be attending at least one course during the applicable National Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The amount each qualifying student has received to date is $750, however, this amount will be reevaluated and may be adjusted for the next round of funding to be disbursed in the Spring of 2022.
(7) As of 1/1/2022, EGCC is considering Department of Education regulations that govern the permissible usages of the student portion of HEERF funding, as subsequent guidance has expanded potential eligibility criteria. Given the amount of funding that remains, EGCC seeks to distribute the funding as fairly and equitably as possible, while also assisting the highest number of students that is feasible before funds are exhausted.
In January or February of 2022, additional information will be posted to this page, and our Frequently Asked Questions will be updated with information pertaining to eligibility for the past Fall 2021 and current Spring 2022 semesters. In conjunction with these updates, all students will receive email communication regarding potential eligibility, and instructions for next steps, if applicable. Also, students with an Expected Family Contribution greater than zero (0) on their 2021-2022 FAFSA, will receive email communication regarding the Professional Judgment process that may be applicable should any significant life events have occurred resulting in a potential change of eligibility for Federal Student Aid.
All subsequent instructions and/or supplemental forms will also be posted to this page.