HEERF III

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III


AS OF JANUARY 24, 2022, ALL FUNDS FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND III (HEERF III) GRANT HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED.

APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WILL BE RETAINED SHALL ADDITIONAL FUNDING BECOME AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE.

Owens Community College, through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), has been awarded $8,441,591 million in The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) to provide emergency funds to college students to ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 national emergency. 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 III, an eligible student may receive funds through both the Auto Award process and the Grant Application process. Auto awards were calculated for students enrolled for Fall 2021 term on August 30, 2021. The Fall 2021 auto funds and the application have been closed as of Friday, December 17, 2021. The Spring 2022 application will be available Monday, January 3, 2022. An auto award will be calculated for Spring 2022 term on Monday, January 31, 2022.

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

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Fall 2021 funds have been exhausted.

Spring 2022
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) amounts are based on students with actual credit hours for Spring 2022 greater than zero, has a confirmed identity on file, and a regular student, not non-matriculating for Spring 2022.  As of January 31, 2022, students with enrolled Spring 2022 credit hours will receive an auto award. Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) amounts were based on expected family contribution as determined by the 2021-2022 FAFSA to prioritize students demonstrating exceptional financial need.

This award will automatically be applied to your student account on Monday, January 31, 2022. You will receive a refund based on the refund preference you 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.

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

Fall 2021 funds have been exhausted.

This process will be available in your Ozone account starting Monday, January 3, 2022.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

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 $1,500. A student is only eligible to make one request for a HEERF III grant for Spring 2022 based on the current federal funding and until funds are exhausted.

To check if you have an automatic award starting Monday, January 31, OR to apply for the HEERF III grant as of Monday, January 3, log in to your Ozone account.

*The Financial Aid Summary card can be found when you click on Discover to search all available cards.

FAQs

What kinds of expenses are allowable for the HEERF III?

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

How will I know if my HEERF III application was approved?

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

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

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

Will the HEERF III reduce my financial aid awards?

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

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III?

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

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

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

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

How were the automatic award amounts determined for HEERF III?

How will my HEERF III refund be reflected on my student account?

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

Would the HEERF III funding reduce my financial aid awards?

Do I have to repay the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) grant?