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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Public Reporting (HEERF)

Payment Allocation and Reporting

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the institution. Please direct all questions to CARES@tcatcrossville.edu.

HEERF I
Total Students Potentially Eligible: 285
Total Money Available: $249,955.00 
Total Amount Paid: $248,655.52 
Total Number of Students Paid: 285

HEERF II
Total Students Potentially Eligible: 325
Total Money Available: $249,955.00 
Total Amount Paid: $233,665.11 
Total Number of Students Paid: 325


Table is initially published no later than 30 days after the institution receives HEERF funds and is updated every quarter.

HEERF Quarterly Report

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under HEERF (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2), and (a)(3).

October 10, 2021

The College disbursed emergency student assistance provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).

HEERF I—CARES

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions is meant to assist students with unmet expenses as a result of COVID-19. Funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as:

  • course materials
  • technology
  • food
  • housing
  • health care
  • childcare
  • or other cost of attendance related item

Students exclusively enrolled in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 were not originally eligible. In accordance with the HEERF Certification and Agreement signed and returned to the USDOE, the institution will 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.

Payment Methodology

Our institution determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to impacts of COVID-19 related events. Following Secretary of Education DeVos’s guidance, Pell eligible students received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain non-Pell eligible students were also considered eligible for funding.

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • An individual must have been a student as of March 13, 2020
  • Students must have been enrolled in at least one on-ground course as of March 13, 2020
  • Students must have been Title IV eligible unless during a period of time in which USDOE guidance did not require Title IV eligibility for awarding.
  • Per USDOE guidance, eligible students must meet citizenship requirements.
  • Students cannot be enrolled as dual enrollment, non-degree seeking, or transient.
Disbursement Process

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on if the student has an e-refund profile set up with the college. A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution.

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the college.

Email Communications

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HEERF II — CRRSAA

Funds awarded under section 314(a) of the CRRSAA must be reserved to provide students with financial aid grants, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.

If an institution obtains a student’s written (or electronic), affirmative consent, an institution is permitted to apply these grants directly to the student’s institutional account; however, students must be informed that they retain the option to receive a direct disbursement of the financial aid grant and that an institution may not require that the grant be applied to the student’s account.

Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants to be identified as having exceptional need. In addition, the CRRSAA explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.

Payment Methodology

Our institution determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to impacts of COVID-19 related events. Following USDOE’s guidance, Pell eligible students received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain non-Pell eligible students were also considered eligible for funding.

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • An individual must have been enrolled at some point during the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Students did not have to be title IV eligible. However, per USDOE guidance, eligible students had to meet citizenship requirements.
  • Students cannot be enrolled as dual enrollment, non-degree seeking, or transient.
Disbursement Process

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on if the student has an e-refund profile set up with the college.

A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution, unless the student provided authorization for application to account balances.

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the college.

Email Communications

View sample email template sent to students