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Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Student Information

The U.S. Department of Education released guidance for the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) on May 14, 2021. The Act includes a portion of funding specifically dedicated to students for emergency financial aid grants (similar to the CARES Act). The amount of funding that students may receive is being determined, and the College anticipates that funds will be distributed to eligible students during the summer. HACC students will receive additional updates via email.

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, has been awarded $23.4 million in federal stimulus grants to directly support our students to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020:

  • $4.5 million of funding is from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
  • $18.9 million is from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP)

It was estimated that more than 22,700 students would receive funds. Depending on student eligibility, individual disbursements ranged between $625 and $1,615. The CRRSAA/ARP allocations began on Aug. 9. As of Sept. 1, the College completed the disbursement of CRRSAA/ARP funds to 22,625 students. The final number is lower than estimated due to various factors, including but not limited to enrollment criteria, class attendance and deceased students.

Sufficient guidance to distribute these funds was received in mid-May 2021. Students were informed of the status of student distributions via several weekly emails from Dr. Ski, including:



Student Eligibility

After thorough review of grant guidelines, HACC determined the following student eligibility:

  • Students who enrolled in any credit courses at HACC since the fall 2020 semester are eligible, including:
    • Students enrolled in a credit credential-seeking program
    • Students enrolled in select noncredit credential-seeking programs
    • Dual enrollment and College in the High School students
  • Student are not eligible if they are:
    • Guest students
    • Students utilizing the 65+ program
    • Students auditing classes
    • Students taking courses for personal enrichment
    • Students enrolled in contract training from the Office of Workforce Development and Continuing Education
    • HACC employees
  • Eligible students with the greatest need who enrolled in any credit courses at HACC since March 13, 2020, will receive a higher allocation of funds. These students met one of the following criteria:

 

Timeline and Method of Distribution

As previously communicated to students, the funds will be distributed to students this summer.

HACC will use our current Financial Aid refund process via BankMobile. Eligible students will receive one disbursement.

Because more than 22,000 students will receive disbursements, the funds will be distributed in batches. Disbursements of funds to students will begin the week of Aug. 9 and continue for the next several weeks.
 

Frequently-Ask Questions

Why did HACC wait to disburse CRRSAA funds to students?
HACC has been intentionally judicious in the process of allocating funds to students. The guidance from the federal government continued to evolve through May 2021 - even after the funds were distributed to the College. Therefore, it was important that we gathered all relevant guidance before proceeding.

Once sufficient guidance was provided, HACC convened a task force to thoroughly review the guidance for both grants and determine the most equitable and efficient way to distribute the funds to more than 22,000 eligible students.
 

Did HACC earn interest on the funds after they were received?
The College does not receive all of the grant funding at one time. It is received as it is spent by the College. The College does not earn interest on these grants.
 

What resources are available to help me use these funds wisely?

How did you inform students of the status of distributing these funds?
Information on the status of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding was included in the following weekly emails from HACC’s president:

 

CARES Act Student Information

In March 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help those who have experienced disruptions due to COVID-19. HACC has been allotted approximately $4.5 million through the CARES Act to be used as emergency financial aid grants. The monies are to provide grants directly to students for expenses including course materials and technology, food, housing, health care and child care.

Please see the reports below for detailed information about the CARES Act funds.

Please check this webpage for updates about the CARES Act. In addition, if you have questions about the CARES Act, please email financialaid@hacc.edu or submit a question through our online coronavirus response form.

Please learn more about HACC Foundation HOPE Grants.

Thank you.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Student Aid Report

Acknowledgement and Certification of Funds This is to acknowledge that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement on April 29, 2020, and that the institution has committed to spending no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.


Total Funding
HACC received a total of $9,556,460 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC during the spring 2020 semester.

HACC received a total of $22,198,474 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC.

HACC received a total of $36,343,264 from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Of this amount, at least $18,791,914 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC.
 

Funds Distributed to Date
HACC began disbursing CARES funding to eligible students on June 18, 2020. After significant research, HACC decided the best course of action was to distribute the student portion of funding, totaling $4,552,891, via a 50/50 split.

  • To date, $2,209,788 has been distributed equally to eligible students.
    • $237 has been awarded to each eligible student
    • 9,620 students have been awarded
  • To date, $2,225,938 has been distributed to eligible students utilizing the Pell- eligible Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) index.
    • Eligible students must have an EFC of 5576 or below.
    • $362 has been awarded to each eligible student in addition to the $237 distributed in the first split.
    • 6,301 students have been awarded

To date, no CRRSAA funds have been distributed.

To date, no ARP funds have been distributed.


Student Eligibility
Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, HACC originally estimated that 9,601 students would be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 1804(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

HACC distributed the CARES Act funding to Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020.

To date, no CRRSAA funds have been distributed.

To date, no ARP funds have been distributed.
 

Method of Distribution
HACC utilized our current Financial Aid refund process via BankMobile. Students were encouraged to update their BankMobile information and select a refund preference prior to June 15, 2020. To receive the funds in the most expeditious manner, HACC recommended the election of direct deposit via the student’s BankMobile account.

Additionally, students were encouraged to review and update their address on record with HACC via the myHACC portal.


Instructions, Directions and Guidance
On June 11, 2020, HACC notified students via email that CARES Act funding would begin to disburse to eligible students. In this email notification, HACC encouraged students to update their BankMobile information and to be certain a refund option had been selected in order for eligible students to receive these funds. Students were also prompted to check hacc.edu/CARESAct for updated information related to eligibility and disbursement of funding.

General information has been provided to students about HACC’s response to the coronavirus global pandemic at hacc.edu/Coronavirus.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Student Aid Report
April 10, 2021
 

Acknowledgement and Certification of Funds
This is to acknowledge that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement on April 29, 2020, and that the institution has committed to spending no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
 

Total Funding
HACC received a total of $9,556,460 in CARES Act funding. Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC during the spring 2020 semester.

HACC received a total of $22,198,474 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC.

HACC received a total of $36,343,264 from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Of this amount, at least $18,791,914 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC.


Funds Distributed to Date
HACC began disbursing CARES Act funding to eligible students on June 18, 2020. After significant research, HACC decided the best course of action was to distribute the student portion of funding, totaling $4,552,891, via a 50/50 split.

  • To date, $2,210,262 has been distributed equally to eligible students.
    • $237 has been awarded to each eligible student
    • 9,620 students have been awarded
  • To date, $2,225,938 has been distributed to eligible students utilizing the Pell- eligible Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) index.
    • Eligible students must have an EFC of 5576 or below.
    • $362 has been awarded to each eligible student in addition to the $237 distributed in the first split.
    • 6,301 students have been awarded

To date, no CRRSAA funds have been distributed.

To date, no ARP funds have been distributed.
 

Student Eligibility
Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, HACC originally estimated that 9,601 students would be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 1804(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

HACC distributed the CARES Act funding to Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020.


Method of Distribution
HACC utilized our current Financial Aid refund process via BankMobile. Students were encouraged to update their BankMobile information and select a refund preference prior to June 15, 2020. To receive the funds in the most expeditious manner, HACC recommended the election of direct deposit via the student’s BankMobile account.

Additionally, students were encouraged to review and update their address on record with HACC via the myHACC portal.


Instructions, Directions and Guidance
On June 11, 2020, HACC notified students via email that CARES Act funding would begin to disburse to eligible students. In this email notification, HACC encouraged students to update their BankMobile information and to be certain a refund option had been selected in order for eligible students to receive these funds. Students were also prompted to check hacc.edu/CARESAct for updated information related to eligibility and disbursement of funding.

General information has been provided to students about HACC’s response to the coronavirus global pandemic at hacc.edu/Coronavirus.

Revised July 10, 2021

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Student Aid Report
Jan. 10, 2021
 

Acknowledgement and Certification of Funds
This is to acknowledge that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement on April 29, 2020, and that the institution has committed to spending no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
 

Total Funding
HACC received a total of $9,556,4601 in CARES Act funding. Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC during the spring 2020 semester.

HACC received a total of $22,198,474 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC.
 

Funds Distributed to Date
HACC began disbursing CARES Act funding to eligible students on June 18, 2020. After significant research, HACC decided the best course of action was to distribute the student portion of funding, totaling $4,552,891, via a 50/50 split.

  • To date, $2,216,661 has been distributed equally to eligible students.
    • $237 has been awarded to each eligible student
    • 9,620 students have been awarded
  • To date, $2,228,472 has been distributed to eligible students utilizing the Pell- eligible Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) index.
    • Eligible students must have an EFC of 5576 or below.
    • $362 has been awarded to each eligible student in addition to the $237 distributed in the first split.
    • 6,301 students have been awarded

To date, no CRRSAA funds have been distributed.
 

Student Eligibility
Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, HACC originally estimated that 9,601 students would be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 1804(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

HACC distributed the CARES Act funding to Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020.

To date, no CRRSAA funds have been distributed.
 

Method of Distribution
HACC utilized our current Financial Aid refund process via BankMobile. Students were encouraged to update their BankMobile information and select a refund preference prior to June 15, 2020. To receive the funds in the most expeditious manner, HACC recommended the election of direct deposit via the student’s BankMobile account.

Additionally, students were encouraged to review and update their address on record with HACC via the myHACC portal.


Instructions, Directions and Guidance
On June 11, 2020, HACC notified students via email that CARES Act funding would begin to disburse to eligible students. In this email notification, HACC encouraged students to update their BankMobile information and to be certain a refund option had been selected in order for eligible students to receive these funds. Students were also prompted to check hacc.edu/CARESAct for updated information related to eligibility and disbursement of funding.

General information has been provided to students about HACC’s response to the coronavirus global pandemic at hacc.edu/Coronavirus.

Revised July 10, 2021

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Student Aid Report 

Oct. 10, 2020

 

Acknowledgment and Certification of Funds

This is to acknowledge that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement on April 29, 2020, and that the institution has committed to spending no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
 

Total Funding

HACC received a total of $9,105,781 in CARES Act funding. Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC during the spring 2020 semester.
 

Funds Distributed to Date

HACC began disbursing CARES Act funding to eligible students on June 18, 2020. After significant research, HACC decided the best course of action was to distribute the student portion of funding, totaling $4,552,891, via a 50/50 split.

  • To date, $2,259,321 has been distributed equally to eligible students.
    • $237 has been awarded to each eligible student
    • 9,548 students have been awarded
  • To date, $2,260,690 has been distributed to eligible students utilizing the Pell- eligible Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) index.
    • Eligible students must have an EFC of 5576 or below.    
    • $362 has been awarded to each eligible student in addition to the $237 distributed in the first split.
    • 6,249 students have been awarded

 

Student Eligibility

Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, HACC originally estimated that 9,601 students would be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 1804(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

HACC distributed the CARES Act funding to Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020.

 

Method of Distribution

HACC utilized our current Financial Aid refund process via BankMobile. Students were encouraged to update their BankMobile information and select a refund preference prior to June 15, 2020. To receive the funds in the most expeditious manner, HACC recommended the election of direct deposit via the student’s BankMobile account.

Additionally, students were encouraged to review and update their address on record with HACC via the myHACC portal.

 

Instructions, Directions and Guidance

On June 11, 2020, HACC notified students via email that CARES Act funding would begin to disburse to eligible students. In this email notification, HACC encouraged students to update their BankMobile information and to be certain a refund option had been selected in order for eligible students to receive these funds. Students were also prompted to check hacc.edu/CARESAct for updated information related to eligibility and disbursement of funding.

General information has been provided to students about HACC’s response to the coronavirus global pandemic at hacc.edu/Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Student Aid Report
Aug. 26, 2020


Acknowledgement and Certification of Funds
This is to acknowledge that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement on April 29, 2020, and that the institution has committed to spending no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.


Total Funding
HACC received a total of $9,105,781 in CARES Act funding. Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC during the spring 2020 semester.


Funds Distributed to Date
HACC began disbursing CARES Act funding to eligible students on June 18, 2020. After significant research, HACC decided the best course of action was to distribute the student portion of funding, totaling $4,552,891, via a 50/50 split.

  • To date, $2,265,009 has been distributed equally to eligible students.
    • $237 has been awarded to each eligible student
    • 9,558 students have been awarded
  • To date, $2,266,844 has been distributed to eligible students utilizing the Pell- eligible Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) index.
    • Eligible students must have an EFC of 5576 or below.
    • $362 has been awarded to each eligible student in addition to the $237 distributed in the first split.
    • 6,262 students have been awarded


Student Eligibility
Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, HACC originally estimated that 9,601 students would be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

HACC distributed the CARES Act funding to Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020.


Method of Distribution
HACC utilized our current Financial Aid refund process via BankMobile. Students were encouraged to update their BankMobile information and select a refund preference prior to June 15, 2020. To receive the funds in the most expeditious manner, HACC recommended the election of direct deposit via the student’s BankMobile account.

Additionally, students were encouraged to review and update their address on record with HACC via the myHACC portal.


Instructions, Directions and Guidance
On June 11, 2020, HACC notified students via email that CARES Act funding would begin to disburse to eligible students. In this email notification, HACC encouraged students to update their BankMobile information and to be certain a refund option had been selected in order for eligible students to receive these funds. Students were also prompted to check hacc.edu/CARESAct for updated information related to eligibility and disbursement of funding.

General information has been provided to students about HACC’s response to the coronavirus global pandemic at hacc.edu/Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act Student Aid Report
July 12, 2020


Acknowledgement and Certification of Funds
This is to acknowledge that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement on April 29, 2020, and that the institution has committed to spending no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
 

Total Funding
HACC received a total of $9,105,781 in CARES Act funding. Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC during the spring 2020 semester.


Funds Distributed to Date
HACC began disbursing CARES Act funding to eligible students on June 18, 2020. After significant research, HACC decided the best course of action was to distribute the student portion of funding, totaling $4,552,891, via a 50/50 split.

  • To date, $2,268,564 has been distributed equally to eligible students.
    • $237 has been awarded to each eligible student
    • 9,574 students have been awarded
  • To date, $2,271,912 has been distributed to eligible students utilizing the Pell- eligible Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) index.
    • Eligible students must have an EFC of 5576 or below.
    • $362 has been awarded to each eligible student in addition to the $237 distributed in the first split.
    • 6,277 students have been awarded
       

Student Eligibility
Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, HACC originally estimated that 9,601 students would be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

HACC distributed the CARES Act funding to Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020. Method of Distribution HACC utilized our current Financial Aid refund process via BankMobile. Students were encouraged to update their BankMobile information and select a refund preference prior to June 15, 2020. To receive the funds in the most expeditious manner, HACC recommended the election of direct deposit via the student’s BankMobile account.

Additionally, students were encouraged to review and update their address on record with HACC via the myHACC portal.


Instructions, Directions and Guidance
On June 11, 2020, HACC notified students via email that CARES Act funding would begin to disburse to eligible students. In this email notification, HACC encouraged students to update their BankMobile information and to be certain a refund option had been selected in order for eligible students to receive these funds. Students were also prompted to check hacc.edu/CARESAct for updated information related to eligibility and disbursement of funding. General information has been provided to students about HACC’s response to the coronavirus global pandemic at hacc.edu/Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Student Aid Report
June 10, 2020  
 

Acknowledgement and Certification of Funds
This is to acknowledge that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement on April 29, 2020, and that the institution has committed to spending no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
 

Total Funding
HACC will receive a total of $9,105,781 in CARES Act funding. Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC during the spring 2020 semester.  
 

Funds Distributed to Date
HACC will begin disbursing CARES Act funding to eligible students on June 18, 2020.

  • $2,276,445 will be distributed to all Title-IV eligible students
    • Approximate award to each eligible student: $237
    • Approximate number of students: 9,601
  • $2,276,445.50 will be distributed to eligible students utilizing the Pell-eligible Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) index
    • Eligible students must have an EFC of 5576 or below    
    • Approximate award to each eligible student: $362
    • Approximate number of students: 6,293


Student Eligibility
Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, HACC estimates that 9,601 students will be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

HACC will distribute the CARES Act funding to Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled for the spring 2020 semester as of March 13, 2020.


Method of Distribution
HACC will utilize our current financial aid refund process via BankMobile. Students are encouraged to update their BankMobile information and select a refund preference prior to June 15, 2020. To receive the funds in the most expeditious manner, HACC recommends the election of direct deposit via the student’s BankMobile account.

Additionally, students are encouraged to review and update their address on record with HACC via the myHACC portal.


Instructions, Directions and Guidance
On June 11, 2020, HACC will notify students via email that CARES Act funding will begin to disburse to eligible students. In this email, HACC will encourage students to update their BankMobile information and select a refund option to receive these funds. HACC will also advise students to check hacc.edu/CARESAct for updated information related to eligibility and disbursement of funding.

General information has been provided to students about HACC’s response to the global coronavirus pandemic via hacc.edu/Coronavirus

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act Student Aid Report
May 28, 2020
 

Acknowledgement and Certification of Funds
This is to acknowledge that HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement on April 29, 2020, and that the institution has committed to spending no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
 

Total Funding
HACC will receive a total of $9,105,781 in CARES Act funding. Of this amount, at least $4,552,891 will be disbursed directly to students who were enrolled at HACC during the spring 2020 semester.
 

Funds Distributed to Date
As of close of business on May 28, 2020, HACC has not distributed any CARES Act funds to students.


Student Eligibility
Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and Section 484 of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, HACC estimates that 7,901 students will be eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 1800(a)(1) of the CARES Act.


Number of Students Who have Received Funds
As of close of business on May 28, 2020, HACC has not distributed any CARES Act funds to students.


Method of Distribution
As of close of business on May 28, 2020, HACC has not finalized any methods to distribute CARES Act funding to students.


Instructions, Directions and Guidance
As of close of business on May 28, 2020, HACC has not provided any instructions, directions or guidance to students specifically about emergency financial aid grants available through the CARES Act.

General information has been provided to students about HACC’s response to the coronavirus global pandemic at hacc.edu/Coronavirus.

 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Program Information.

Includes expenditure information on the Institutional Portion and Strengthening Institutions Program as part of the CARES Act, CRRSA Act, and ARP Act.

 

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