Federal COVID Emergency Aid Available to WCC Students
CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSSA (HEERF II) and American Rescue Plan (HEERF III) Emergency Funding
Emergency Aid Grants for Students
The COVID-19 public health crisis has caused a disruption and hardship for many Westchester Community College students. In response to the pressing financial need of students around the country due to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, Congress passed and signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (known as the CARES Act) with provisions for college students and institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (known as HEERF I) on March 27, 2020, with additional aid made available through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA, HEERF II) on December 27, 2020, and the American Rescue Plan (ARP, HEERF III) on March 11, 2021.
Emergency aid grants for students impacted by COVID-19 are available to those with exceptional needs resulting from the disruption of campus operations caused by the pandemic. Eligible expenses include the cost of food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, transportation and/or child-care.
Emergency grants are limited in number and amount due to funding constraints.
Congress has also provided institutional aid through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to WCC through the Cares Act, CRRSAA, and the ARP to meet needs due to the disruption of campus operations from coronavirus. This aid can be used for additional Emergency Financial Aid grants to students, to reimburse the college for campus operations due to the coronavirus disruption, help with remote operations and instruction, lost revenue, and to help implement evidence-based best practices to promote health and safety from the CDC, among other approved uses.
Minority Serving Institution-Hispanic Serving Institution Aid
Another section of the law established the Minority Serving-Hispanic Serving Institutional Portion under Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which also provides financial assistance to colleges to meet needs due to the disruption of campus operations from coronavirus. This can also be used to provide additional Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, reimburse the college for campus operations expenses due to the coronavirus disruption, help with remote operations and instruction, and other eligible needs. WCC requested funds on June 29, 2020 and received an award of $468,715 through the CARES Act (HEERF I) and additional aid of $815,554, for a total of $1,284,269.
CARES Act (HEERF I) Landing Page
CRRSAA (HEERF II) Landing Page
ARP (HEERF III) Landing Page
WCC CARES Act and CRRSAA Student Emergency Aid Eligibility and Distribution Plan
WCC’s Reporting on the CARES Act, CRRSAA and ARP HEERF Grants