What is the CARES Act?
The CARES Act is federal legislation that was passed by the United States Congress in March 2020. It provides financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.
The college has received federal funding to be given to eligible students. Funds can be used for COVID-19-related expenses including technology, food, housing, health care, or child care. This money is not a loan and does not have to be repaid.
Who is eligible?
All SSCC students who attended the Spring 2021 semester or prior, who were impacted by COVID-19 and are eligible to receive federal financial aid (even if you did not actually receive an aid award). If you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you mostly likely are eligible. If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 800-628-7722, Ext. 2610 or email@example.com.
On May 3, 2020 Southern State Community College was granted funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants to students impacted by COVID-19. To receive the grant, enrolled students must complete the CARES Act Emergency Grant Application, and have demonstrated eligibility for federal financial aid.
Southern State Community College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and assures the College will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- View the September 2020 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act, December 2020 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act, March 2021 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act, June 2021 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act, and the June 2021 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES/HEERF Act.
- Southern State Community College received a total of $659,789 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
- As of February 3rd 2021, the College exhausted all funds received for students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund totaling $659,789.
- Southern State Community College estimates that 967 students enrolled in Spring semester 2020 at the College are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 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.
- The College is using an application process to allow students to request funds for their expenses with a maximum allowable grant amount of $1000. The application is processed by the Office of Financial Aid and checks are processed and mailed by the College's business office.
- All eligible students were notified by email on May 4th and text message on May 5th 2020 of the availability of the CARES grants. Messages included what the grant could be used for, who is eligible to apply, and how to apply including a link to the application.
HEERF II/CRRSA Update, July 31, 2021
- Southern State Community College received additional funding of $659,789 (notification: January 2021) from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act).
- The College reopened the CRRSAA emergency grant funding application May 4, 2021 for Summer 2021 semester to allow students to request funds for their expenses with a maximum allowable grant amount of $1,000. The application is processed by the Financial Aid Office and checks were processed and mailed by the College's Business Office.
- Students were able to access the institutional CRRSAA application on the College's website. The emergency grant funds were prioritized for students with exceptional financial need or emergency expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These expenses could include: tuition assistance, food and housing assistance, childcare, healthcare emergencies, technology needs and loss of employment or reduction in income. Students certified their need and eligibility through the application.
- Southern State's institutional CRRSAA application included a specific tuition assistance authorization by the student applicant. Funds requested in excess of tuition assistance were refunded directly to the student. The maximum amount of this award was $1,000.
- The College closed the Summer CRRSAA funding application on August 3, 2021 with an announcement that the application will re-open September 7, 2021 for those students enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester. The application will include all categories of eligible students (credit, non-credit and dual enrollment).
- On July 22, 2021, Southern State notified 304 students by US mail and email that CRRSA funding was available to assist with past due balances from Spring 2020 semester through Summer 2021. These students will also receive $200 emergency grants.
- As of July 31, 2021, $543,693 has been disbursed for emergency grants, tuition assistance and past due student account assistance to 569 students.