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Coronavirus Relief Funding

Due to the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government enacted two sets of legislation that provided relief funds to institutions of higher education. In 2019-2020, the first relief funding came through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, also known as the CARES Act: HEERF. More recently, in 2021, the Federal Government has provided funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), also called the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act).

CRRSA Funding

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), also called the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act)

John Tyler Community College was allocated approximately $8,515,588 through the CRRSA Act. This includes:

  • Approximately $1,724,392 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (Section 314- Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund II).
  • Approximately $6,446,593 for Emergency Institutional Grants (Section 314-Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund II).
  • Approximately $344,603 for Emergency MSI &SIP Grants (Section 314-Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund II).

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Information is forthcoming.

Higher Education Emergency Financial Aid Grants

John Tyler Community received CRRSA Act funds in the amount of $1,724,392.00* to provide Higher Education Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students** under Section 314 (a)(1) of the CRRSA Act. A student may receive this grant if:

  • The student applied and was eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs as determined by the 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $17,000 or less
  • The student was actively enrolled, on-campus half-time (6 credits) or greater for spring 2021 semester.
  • Additionally, courses must be required for completion of declared degree or certificate program meeting Financial Aid Course Audit (FACA) requirements

Recipients are encouraged to use the funds in a manner that will support continuing their education in an online learning environment. This may include obtaining a device such as tablet or laptop, obtaining internet access or data plans, obtaining course materials, or other needs that will allow students to continue pursuing a higher education credential. Other needs may include food, housing, health care, childcare or other expenses.

*$1,718,052.00 of initial allocation will be disbursed in the amount of $934.00 per student. There were approximately 1,846 students meeting the above criteria.

 **Approximately 2,103 students at John Tyler Community College are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the High Education Act of 1965.

Frequently Asked Questions- Higher Education Emergency Financial Aid Grants

What are CRRSA Act Funds?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERFII) provided an additional $22.7 billion to colleges and universities nationwide for emergency financial aid to be distributed to enrolled students who are Title IV eligible and have expenses related to campus disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is eligible?

The CRRSA Act Emergency Aid Fund provides emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. If you enrolled in at least six financial aid eligible credits for the spring 2021 semester and if you filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $17,000 or less, you are eligible for HEERF II emergency grant funding.

How will I know if I am receiving a CARES Act emergency grant?

A message will be posted to eligible recipients' MyTyler student center.

How will I receive the funds?

The funds will be released to eligible recipients based on their selected refund preference in the TMS–Tyler refund portal. Direct deposit is the quickest method to receive CRRSA Act funds . If not already selected, eligible recipients may select direct deposit for their refund preference on the JTCC Refund Portal and click Register. Otherwise, the funds will be released to recipients by paper check. Eligible recipients should make sure their mailing address is updated in MyTyler.

What are the tax implications for students receiving a CRRSA Act emergency grant?

The IRS has provided a page of FAQs relating to CRRSA Act emergency grants and the tax implications for students.

What if I have other questions?

Contact the 24-Hour Student Support Center at 1-855-874-6684 or mysupport.jtcc.edu.

CARES Act Funding

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

John Tyler Community College was allocated approximately $4,461,164 through the CARES Act. This includes:

  • Approximately $1,724,392 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (Section 18004-Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund).
  • Approximately $1,724,392 for Emergency Institutional Grants (Section 18004-Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund).
  • Approximately $173,039 for Emergency MSI &SIP Grants (Section 18004-Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund).
  • Approximately $343,764 for Facility Cleaning/PPE (Section 5001-Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)).
  • Approximately $288,736 for Transition Employees to Telework (Section 5001-Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)).
  • Approximately $54,364 for Financial Aid (VSFAP) (Section 18002- Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund).
  • Approximately $152,477 for Last Dollar Aid Displaced Workers (Section 18002- Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund).

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting, September 30, 2020

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting, December 31, 2020

Higher Education Emergency Financial Aid Grants

John Tyler Community College received CARES Act funds in the amount of $1,724,392.00* to provide Higher Education Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students** under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act. A student may receive this grant if:

  • The student applied and was eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs as determined by the 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $20,000 or less
  • The student was actively enrolled, on-campus half-time (6 credits) or greater for spring 2020 semester as of the National Emergency Declaration on March 13, 2020. 
  • Additionally, courses must be required for completion of declared degree or certificate program meeting Financial Aid Course Audit (FACA) requirements 

Recipients are encouraged to use the funds in a manner that will support continuing their education in an online learning environment. This may include obtaining a device such as tablet or laptop, obtaining internet access or data plans, obtaining course materials, or other needs that will allow students to continue pursuing a higher education credential. Other needs may include food, housing, health care, childcare or other expenses. 

*$1,718052.00 of initial allocation will be disbursed in the amount of $915.00 per student. There were approximately 1,876 students meeting the above criteria.

**Approximately 2,047 students at John Tyler Community College are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the High Education Act of 1965.

Frequently Asked Questions – Higher Education Emergency Financial Aid Grants

What are CARES Act Funds? 

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges and universities nationwide for emergency financial aid to be distributed to enroll students who are Title IV eligible and have expenses related to campus disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that CARES Act Emergency Aid Funds are separate from Tyler’s Emergency Fund grants.

Who is eligible? 

The CARES Act Emergency Aid Fund provides emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. If you were enrolled in at least six financial-aid eligible credits on March 13, 2020, that were not exclusively online prior to March 13, 2020 and if you filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 20,000 or less, you are eligible for CARES Act emergency grant funding.  

How will I know if I am receiving a CARES Act emergency grant? 

A message will be posted to eligible recipients' MyTyler student center.

How will I receive the funds? 

The funds will be released to eligible recipients based on their selected refund preference in the TMS–Tyler refund portal. Direct deposit is the quickest method to receive CARES Act funds. If not already selected, eligible recipients may select direct deposit for their refund preference on the JTCC Refund Portal and click Register. Otherwise, the funds will be released to recipients by paper check. Eligible recipients should make sure their mailing address is updated in MyTyler. 

What are the tax implications for students receiving a CARES Act emergency grant?

The IRS has provided a page of FAQs relating to CARES Act emergency grants and the tax implications for students.

What if I have other questions? 

Contact the 24-Hour Student Support Center at 1-855-874-6684 or mysupport.jtcc.edu.

 

 

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