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CARES Act HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grants Public Disclosures

This webpage is designed to disclose various CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Emergency Financial Aid Grant facts and data required in TCC's CARES Act Certification and Agreement.

Overview and Reporting Requirements

Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorized the Secretary of Education (Secretary) to allocate formula grant funds to Tarrant County College (TCC) in the amount of $21,984,486. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires TCC to use no less than fifty percent of the funds received ($10,992,243) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of TCC campus operations due to coronavirus.

In April 2020, TCC executed a CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Certification and Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) that provides assurance that TCC intends to make Emergency Financial Aid Grants available to students and directs TCC to submit a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the HEERF.

Allocation and Award Data

  • TCC will receive $10,992,243 (50% of the total allocation) from the DOE pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • As of July 7, 2020, TCC has distributed $9,421,384 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 13,566 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act for both award categories listed in the next section of this webpage.
  • TCC estimates as of May 8, 2020, that 45,904 students are eligible to participate in programs 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) of the CARES Act.

Categories/Methods

TCC has established two categories of students eligible to receive CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Category 1: Fixed Grant

  • Eligible students receive a fixed emergency grant in the amount of $600.
  • Eligibility criteria:
    • All Title IV eligible students with a completed FAFSA and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than or equal to $8,577.
    • Students are required to be enrolled in Spring 2020 semester course(s) at the time of the award.
  • Students enrolled exclusively in TCC Connect, TCC's virtual campus, distance learning courses are ineligible to receive these fixed grants (because there was no disruption in campus operations and exclusively online students were excluded from the original allocation formula).
  • Fixed Grants in the amount of $600 were awarded to category 1 students due to the following.
    • TCC determined these students to be its most financially needy students.
    • All eligible students experienced a COVID-19 campus operations disruption when TCC moved all face-to-face classes to online learning classes.
    • TCC's existing Eliminating Barriers emergency aid program, consultation with other institutions and research on current technology costs revealed that $600 was an appropriate amount to award to these eligible students.
  • As of July 7, 2020, TCC has distributed $6,805,800 in category 1 Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 11,343 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • TCC provided the following instructions, directions, or guidance to students concerning the category 1 Emergency Financial Aid Grants:
    • An email to all students who received a fixed $600 HEERF Emergency Grant to explain the grant and notification of the student's selection.

Category 2: Online Request Grant

  • Students will complete an online request form to document which semester they experience a disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 and the amount of the expense they paid.
    • Students will be required to briefly explain the nature of the expense and disruption.
  • Eligible students can qualify for $250, $400, $500, $750 or $1,000 grants, based on the actual expense incurred and reported by the student on the request form.
  • Students will be limited one request form.
  • As of July 7, 2020, TCC has distributed $2,615,584 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 5,009 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act for category 2.
  • TCC provided the following instructions, directions, or guidance to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants for category 2:
    • TCC published an emergency financial aid grants webpage to our website (tccd.edu) that provides students and the public with information on how to request an emergency grant, who is eligible to request an emergency grant, a request form and what paid expenses are eligible for emergency grant funding.
    • TCC also emailed all potentially eligible Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 enrolled students with direct links to both TCC's HEERF Emergency Grant webpage and request form.
    • Information about HEERF emergency grants was published on TCC's social media sites and in the announcements banner of TCC's main webpage.

Updated July 07, 2020