Coronavirus Response and Relief Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
CRRSA Student Aid
On December 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), 2021. This new law gives the U.S. Department of Education approximately $22.7 billion to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Similar to the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020, the CRRSA Act includes funding for grant aid to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which can be used for any component of the student’s costs of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSA Act requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.
Eligibility and Requirements
- Satisfactorily attending spring 2021 in an approved degree or credential.
- US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Have a high school credential.
- Pell recipient enrolled in 12 semester credit hours or more.
- Be in good Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standing.
- Financial need that arise due to coronavirus and impacted the student’s costs of attendance or emergency costs such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
While the federal government has stated that a student does not need to be “pell-eligible” to receive CRRSA funds, it is a requirement by the 1996 Welfare reform law that the recipients may not be international students or DACA.
How do I apply?
Due to inclement weather over the past week, notification to eligible students has been moved from February 12, 2021 to February 25, 2021. Eligible students will be notified to their Navarro email with a link to the application. Applications will be reviewed weekly based on the order they are received. Federal funds are limited and awards will be based on funding available.
How much will I receive?
We are committed to assisting all eligible students that may have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to the greatest extent possible with the CRRSA Act funds available. You should request funds based on your actual financial need for expenses due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, childcare, and tuition. The actual amount each student will receive is based on need, the number of applications received and the funds available. Grant aid does not require repayment will not interfere with current financial aid.
How will I receive this money?
Grant aid will be distributed to the refund option you selected on BankMobile. For more information, visit refundselection.com.
Do I need to repay for any money received through this fund?
No, you will not need to repay any money received through this fund.
Can I apply for funding more than once?
You can only apply once a semester for CARES and CRRSA Act funds.
Does this funding affect my other financial aid?
No. This is a special grant to help you continue your education despite the impact of the coronavirus, and it will not have any impact on other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.
What if I applied for the CARES Act - Round Three?
The third round of the CARES Act Emergency Aid closed on January 16, 2021 at 12 pm (Noon). This round will provide financial aid grants to qualified students who satisfactorily attending spring 2021. Federal funds are limited and awards will be based on the number of qualified applicants, total amounts requested, and funding available. Priority will be given to students who are enrolled in 15 semester credit hours or more. All students who applied for this round will be notified by e-mail no later than Friday, February 12, 2021. Grant aid will be distributed to the refund option you selected on BankMobile. For more information, visit refundselection.com.
Round Three Timeline:
|Application Opens||Monday, November 2, 2020|
|Application Deadline||12:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, January 16, 2021|
|Notification of Awards||by Friday, February 12, 2021|
|Disbursement of Grants||by Friday, February 19, 2021|
If you missed the deadline and need additional support, please visit Bulldog Life. Navarro College's Bulldog Life student success services includes opportunities to grow personally as you pursue your educational goals at Navarro College. Opportunities include workshops to learn more about your personal gifts and skills, travel opportunities, and our culture of caring through efforts to support you mentally, spiritually, and physically. In addition, Bulldog Life provides resources and personal support to launch you into your dream job, university, and/or career with Bulldog Pride! Learn even more by visiting the Bulldog Life website. This program is available to all students of Navarro College through intentional initiatives that support student success outcomes.
For all other questions regarding Navarro College CARES Act Emergency Aid, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CARES Act REPORTING
Posted: January 10, 2021
Many students are experiencing unexpected expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to distribute emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by COVID- 19, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. As stated in the Certification and Agreement of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid, the following information must appear to the public 30 days after April 22, 2020, when Navarro College received its allocation under 18004(a)(1), and update this information 45 days after that:
- On April 14, 2020, Navarro College signed and returned to the Department of Education
the Certification and Agreement that the institution intends to use, no less than
50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- Navarro College received $2,050,823 from the Department of Education under the institution's
Certificate and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
- As of December 31, 2020, Navarro College distributed $1,069,811 in Emergency Financial
Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a) of the CARES Act.
- A total of 855 students at Navarro College are eligible to participate in programs under Section
484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and eligible to receive Emergency
Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. This is the number of students whom the institution has received an Institutional
Student Information Record (ISIR), plus the number of students who completed a Navarro
College CARES Act Emergency Aid online application.
- Navarro College distributed 870 emergency financial aid grants under Section 18004(a)(1)
of the CARES Act to 691 students.
- To determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants, Navarro College
established the following criteria:
- Satisfactory attending at spring 2021 in an approved degree or credential in at least one face-to-face course.
- U.S. citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen, and have a social security number,
- Registered for the selective service (if male),
- Earned a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in approved homeschool setting,
- Not owe any financial aid or have defaulted on any financial aid loan, or not have been involved in any fraudulent receipt, distribution, or overpayment of financial aid funds,
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations,
- Be in good Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standing,
- Financial Need based on expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care)
- Submit a free application for Financial Student Aid.
- Complete the Navarro College Emergency Aid Grant online application.
- Awards are based on the number of applications, total amounts requested, emergency aid available for each round, and priority of funds are given to students currently enrolled and/or the degree to completion.
Quarterly Public Reporting Requirement for (a) (1) Student Aid Portion
- Student Aid Portion - Posted Date: January 10, 2021
- Student Aid Portion - Posted Date: October 10, 2020
- CARES Act Emergency Aid - Round Three (Spring 2021)
- CARES Act Emergency Aid - Round Two (Fall 2020)
- CARES Act Emergency Aid - Round One (Summer 2020)
CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Quarterly Report