CARES ACT/HEERF I, II Announcement & Acknowledgement
On April 9, 2020, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the U.S. Department of Education was making immediately available to all Title IV postsecondary institutions approximately 6.2 billion dollars for students impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and authorized in Sec. 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The purpose of this funding is to provide grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare).
On April 11, 2020 Contra Costa Medical Career College (CCMCC) signed and returned the required Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education acknowledging our intent to use no less than 50% of the funds received of the CARES Act funds to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
CCMCC has received $103,090 for the purpose of disbursing Emergency Grants to our students. With awards of $610 based on the selection criteria as established by the U.S. Department of Education.
Reporting as of July 9, 2020
As stated above Contra Costa Medical Career College was allocated $103,090 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
As of June 1, 2020, CCMCC processed 169 awards and funds were disbursed to each student in the amount of $610.
Student selection was based on Pell Grant and Title IV eligibility using the following criteria:
- Must have been required to move to an online classroom environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of March 13, 2020, or;
- Externship was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Must be U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
- Must have a valid Social Security Number
- Must have a High School Diploma or Equivalent
- Males must be registered for Selective Service
- Must be enrolled in a Title IV Eligible Program (Medical Assisting with Phlebotomy, Sterile Processing or Surgical Technology)
All eligible students who qualified for CARES funding were notified via email notification.
Notification of the CARES Act funding was posted at ccmcc.edu under the General Information heading on May 28, 2020
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) authorized
the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II which provides emergency funding to
college/universities to assist students in need during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, this
funding was known as the CARES Act Funding (HEERF I).
CCMCC has received HEERF II funding and will be distributing grants ranging from $308.42-
$750.00 to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (e.g., food,
housing and utilities, health insurance, including mental health care, transportation, or child care)
or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
Per guidance from the federal government, these grants will be distributed to our students
with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) or by completing an application.
All eligible students who qualified for HEERF II funding will be notified via email notification.
Eligibility and Awarding
Eligible students must meet the following requirements:
• Must have been an enrolled active student, or on LOA due to the pandemic on February
• Must be a U.S. citizen.
• Must demonstrate need, which is measured by the 2020-2021 FAFSA and/or the
Grants will be awarded in the following manner:
• $750 awarded to Pell Grant eligible full-time students ($600 half-time)
• $650 awarded to full-time students ($500 half-time) that have an Expected Family
Contribution (EFC) outside the Pell Grant parameters, but still received Financial Aid.
• $400 awarded to all eligible active students in a non-Title IV program and enrolled in 71
or more Quarter Credit Hours
• $350 awarded to all eligible active students in a non-Title IV program and enrolled inbetween 36 and 70 Quarter Credit Hours
• $308.42 awarded to all eligible active students in a non-Title IV program and enrolled inbetween 1 and 35 Quarter Credit Hour
Click here to view the HEERF II Update 4/16/2021
Click here to view the HEERF II Update 4/20/2021
Click here to view the HEERF II Update 5/3/2021
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE HEERF II UPDATE 1/10/22