HEERF II

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II


ALL FUNDS FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND II (HEERF II) GRANT HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED.

Owens Community College, through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), has been awarded $1.9 million in The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) to provide emergency funds to college students to assist with expenses related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Allowable expenses include costs for attending college and emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as an outstanding institutional balance, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. In prioritizing students with exceptional need and to support the greatest number of students possible, students have two possible paths to receive funds.

For the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, an eligible student may receive funds through both the Auto Award process and the Grant Application process.  If an eligible student did not receive an Auto Award, they may request funds through the Grant Application process.

The first path is a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) Auto Award.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) amounts are based on students with actual credit hours for Spring 2021 greater than zero, a citizen or eligible non-citizen, has a confirmed identity on file, a regular student, not non-matriculating for Spring 2021, and an expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA to prioritize students demonstrating exceptional financial need.

As of March 30, 2021, students must have a completed 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, met eligibility criteria, and are considered to be a student who has the greatest financial need.

This award will automatically be applied to a student’s account on Friday, April 2, 2021.  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 at the  Student Accounts website. If assistance is needed with setting up your refund preference, please contact the Student Service Center at (567) 661-2387.

The second path is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) Grant Application.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

A student must be a regular student at Owens and are not currently enrolled in high school or lower.

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 $500. A student is only eligible to make one request for a HEERF II grant for Spring 2021 based on the current federal funding. HEERF II grant applications will be processed within five business days.

FAQs

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II?

How will my refund be reflected on my student account?

How were the automatic award amounts determined for HEERF II?

Who is eligible for a Higher Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) Grant?

How will the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) be sent to me?

Who should I contact if I have questions about the HEERF II?

What is the different between the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) grant and the Student Emergency Assistance Fund?

When will I receive the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) grant?

What is the processing time of a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) grant application?

Do I have to report the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) grant on my income tax return?

Can my HEERF II approved grant amount OR automatic award pay an existing balance I owe the college?

What kinds of expenses are allowable for the HEERF II?

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Is there a maximum amount of funding that a student can apply for, using the HEERF II grant request process?

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Will the HEERF II reduce my financial aid awards?

The first path is a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) Auto Award. Who Is Eligible?