HEERF Student Financial Aid Grant III: COVID Relief Grant III
As part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2 signed on March 11, 2021, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) provides colleges with funds to award grants for their students.
The COVID Relief Grant III can be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, healthcare, or childcare. You do not have to pay back funds you receive from COVID Relief Grant III.
Note: COVID Relief Grant III are direct refunds to students. You must still pay your tuition by required deadlines with other financial aid, personal resources, or after receiving this direct grant. COVID Relief Grants III may not be available until after payment deadlines.
How much am I able to receive from COVID Relief Grant III?
You may receive $1,500 per semester / quarter.
Am I eligible to apply for COVID Relief Grant III?
You are eligible if:
- You demonstrate exceptional financial need,
- Enroll for the Fall semester/quarter and/or the Spring semester/quarter
CEE courses for personal enrichment, College for Kids, and Senior Education are not eligible courses.
How do I apply for COVID Relief Grant III?
Option 1 (Preferred)
Most students should apply by submitting one of the following:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): For U.S. Citizens and eligible non-citizens
- Texas Application for State Aid (TASFA): For non-citizens and those who are undocumented (local residents of Texas for TCC tuition purposes)
If your expected family contribution (EFC) is less than $8,501, you will qualify for $1,500 per semester. EFC is determined when you submit your FAFSA or TASFA.
Note: You do not need to be eligible for financial aid to qualify. You only need to submit your FAFSA/TASFA and enroll in classes.
If you're an international, undocumented, dual credit, continuing education, non-credit or credit student who has not applied for financial aid or does not have an EFC of less than $8,501, you must submit a COVID Relief Grant III Form.
On the form, you will need to show exceptional financial need due to COVID-19.
How do I receive my COVID Relief Grant III?
COVID Relief Grant III disbursements will be issued approximately one week before the start of the class for which the grant is awarded, or within approximately one week of receiving the award notice, whichever is later.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am undocumented and/or a DACA student. Am I eligible for the COVID Relief Grant III?
Do I have to be a full-time student to be eligible?
No. You just need to be enrolled at TCC.
I'm enrolled at TCC and another college/university. Can I request the COVID Relief Grant III from both schools?
You can receive a COVID Relief Grant III from TCC. You will need to contact your other school to see if you qualify for their HEERF III grant program.
How will I know if I was awarded the COVID Relief Grant III?
You will receive an email to your my.tccd.edu email account. Your financial aid information in MyTCCTrack will also be updated with the COVID Relief Grant III.
I have a balance on my TCC tuition account. If I'm awarded this grant, will the balance be deducted?
No. The entire amount of the grant will be disbursed to you through your refund preferences at BankMobile.
What if I'm unable to set up an account through BankMobile?
You will need to contact the Business Services Office for help.
More About the HEERF III Student Financial Aid Grant
TCC's HEERF III grant allocation is $44.5 million. One hundred percent of this allocation is used to fund TCC's HEERF grant program.
Student Financial Aid Services is available to assist you if you still have questions about the COVID Relief Grant III.
Contact Student Financial Aid Services via:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 817-515-4243
Updated August 03, 2021