Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This provision provides two sources of assistance for colleges and universities: 1) Emergency funds to be distributed directly to students and 2) Funds to support college operations impacted by COVID-19. The information provided on this web site complies with CARES – HEERF public information requirements.
COCC was awarded $3,183,671 in CARES Act – HEERF funding, with a minimum of 50% of these funds directed towards student aid; the remainder of funds is available for additional student aid or to support institutional operations impacted by COVID-19. To access these funds, COCC signed a Certification and Agreement attesting to the College’s commitment to use the funds for the intended purpose.
The College intends to distribute aid to students in two groups:
- Spring Term: HEERF funding will go to all certificate- and degree-seeking students who completed the FAFSA, met Title IV eligibility and demonstrated mid- to high-levels of financial need on May 15, 2020. Students dually enrolled with OSU, who have not declared COCC as their financial aid home institution, were excluded because these students will be considered for funds through OSU. Awards will range from $525 to $1,025 per student. While about 2,000 students qualified for some type of federal student aid, 1,565 spring term students meet COCC criteria for distributing CARES Act – HEERF funds.
Specific details regarding COCC’s spring term distribution formula are:
Number of Students: Spring
|1||Expected Family Contribution $0 - 5,576, with unmet need, greater than 5 credits||$1,025||1,099|
|2||Expected Family Contribution $5,577 - 10,000, with unmet need, greater than 5 credits||$725||200|
|3||Expected Family Contribution $0 - 5,576, no unmet need, greater than 5 credits||$525||115|
|4||Expected Family Contribution $5,577 - 10,000, no unmet need, greater than 5 credits||$525||25|
|5||Expected Family Contribution $10,000 - 15,000, with or without unmet, need greater than 5 credits||$525||126|
- Summer Term: COCC recognizes that some students in its Automotive, Aviation, Health Information Management, and Manufacturing programs were unable to attend spring term due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Therefore, the College will hold some funds so that students participating in these programs during summer term also receive the HEERF emergency funds. Students will only receive the funds if they did not receive emergency aid in spring term. COCC estimates that approximately 125 students will receive these funds. Summer term allocations will depend on the number of actual students enrolled as of the third week of summer term; updated information will be provided at that time.
Students were sent the following information regarding CARES Act – HEERF funding, noting that the information was sent to the student’s COCC email address prior to distribution of funds:
I am excited to share some great news with you. Congress recently passed legislation providing financial support for colleges and universities – and more specifically, their students – who were impacted by COVID-19. The criteria for receiving the award is very specific and I am pleased to share that you are eligible for $xxx in this emergency funding. The funds will be distributed this week regardless of any balance you may owe the college. Funds will be sent based on the refund preferences in your Bobcat Web account, noting that some banks may take longer to process than others. Specific details are provided on the COCC CARES – HEERF website.
In addition to federal emergency funds, COCC provides students with additional emergency fund resources that can help with general assistance or funding specific to food, books, transportation and more:
- COCC Student Emergency Fund: Open to all certificate- and degree-seeking students who completed (or will complete) the FAFSA or ORSAA. Not available at this time.
- Pathways to Opportunity: Open to all students.
- SNAP Training & Education Program (STEP): Geared for students receiving SNAP benefits.
Please contact the COCC Financial Aid Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.383.7260 with any questions.
Wishing you and your family a healthy and safe spring term,
Vice President of Student Affairs
Central Oregon Community College