Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Initially known as Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act fund, the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and provides funding to address higher education challenges created by the COVID‐19 pandemic. There have been three rounds of this funding and SJCC has been granted funding in each round.
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
- School Acknowledgement:
San Jose City College acknowledges that we signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and intend to distribute no less than 50% of the funds received from Section 314 (d)(7) CRRSAA (a)(1) and Section 2003 (4) ARP (a)(4) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- Funds Available to Students:
SJCC received $1,137,482 from CRRSAA and $5,068,243 from ARP for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- Funds Distributed to Students:
As of April 5, 2022, $1,137,482 from CRRSAA and $4,497,628 from ARP of Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to SJCC students.
- Eligible Students:
The estimated total number of students eligible to participate in the program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) was 5,000.
- Number of Students Who Received Funding:
As of April 5, 2022, 2917 SJCC students (unduplicated) received emergency grants under Section 314(d)(7) of CRRSAA and/or Section 2003(4) of ARP.
- Method(s) Used to Determine Funding:
SJCC awarded emergency grants to students who received Pell Grant utilizing the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data and a local Emergency Needs Grant Application to determine student eligibility. These grants ranged from $500 to $2,000 per student for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters.
- Instructions/Announcements for Students:
Students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic should submit a 2021-2022 FAFSA or CA Dream Application and select SJCC as the school of attendance. Application for the Emergency funding will be available shortly after the Spring 2022 census date and will be sent to all SJCC students via email.
For information on the methods used to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive, please reach out to our Financial Aid Office.