As of June 15, 2020, all funds for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant have been exhausted.
Applications received will be retained shall additional funding become available in the future.
Owens Community College, through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, has been awarded $1.9 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) for students whose lives have been disrupted. Funds can be used for educational expenses related to the disruption of College operations due to coronavirus. These include food, rent or mortgage payment, instructional supplies, technology, health care, utility bill(s), or child/dependent care. Loss of employment is not an allowable expense.
To support the greatest number of students possible while also providing funding to those students who may have the greatest need, students have two possible paths to receive funds. NOTE: As of June 15, 2020, all funds for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant have been exhausted.
The first path is a CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Auto Award.
Who is eligible?
CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) amounts are based on a student’s expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA and the total number of credit hours of enrollment as of March 13.
This award will automatically be applied to a student’s account on Friday, May 22, 2020. The student will receive a refund based on the refund preference they have selected with BankMobile. For information about BankMobile and setting a refund preference, please view the Refunds section of the Student Accounts website >>. If assistance is needed with setting up your refund preference, please contact the Student Service Center at (567) 661-2387. Please note the College will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday, and email and phone support will be available during posted hours starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
The second path is the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant Application.
This process will be available in your Ozone account starting Tuesday, May 26 after 9 a.m.
Who is eligible?
A student must meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid as listed at this webpage >> and have been enrolled in Spring 2020 classes.
Grant amounts will be based on an individual student grant application submission and are subject to availability of funds. The maximum grant request per student is $1500. A student is only eligible to make one request for a CARES Act HEERF grant based on the current federal funding. CARES Act HEERF grant applications will be processed within five business days.
If a student would like to check if they received an automatic award, they may do so starting on the afternoon of Friday, May 22 using their Ozone account >>. If a student would like to apply for the CARES Act HEERF grant, they may do so after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26 using their Ozone account. Follow these steps for both processes after logging into Ozone:
- From the Ozone home page, click on the Financial Info tab
- From the Financial Aid Summary section, click on View Financial Aid Details
- Click on Financial Aid Awards
- Select the Financial Aid Year 2020-2021 and click Submit
- Select the Award Overview Information about the CARES ACT Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund will be listed near the top of the page
For questions, please contact the Student Service Center at (567) 661-2387, or email your Oserve Advocate.
Please note, the College is closed for the Memorial Day Holiday and will be open for phone and email support during regular posted hours on Tuesday, May 26.