The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law No: 116-136) was passed by Congress and signed by the President in March, 2020, as the country began to deal with the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The CARES Act includes multiple pots of federal funding to limit or defray the impact of COVID-19. The CARES Act Reporting application was created by the California Department of Education to gather required data for purposes of state and federal report on CARES Act and other COVID-19 related funds.
College of the Siskiyous
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Student Aid Portion Quarterly Report
Quarter 1 (1/1/22 -3/31/22)
1. An acknowledgement that a completed C&A was returned, and the assurance that funds were provided as emergency grants to students.
College of the Siskiyous signed and returned a Certification & Agreement with the Department of Education to accept allocated funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Public Law 117-2. The ARP established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds help eligible College of the Siskiyous students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation.
2. Federal Emergency Aid Grant Reporting-total amount received from HEERF I, II & III
3. The total amount of funds disbursed to students from all HEERF grants for the quarter & estimated number of students eligible for the quarter.
As of March 31, 2022, College of the Siskiyous has received a total of $2,513,692 in student funds. The estimated total number of students potentially eligible to be considered to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants in Quarter 1 was 1270. As of March 31, 2022, a total of $1,199,260 in HEERF funds have been disbursed to 2,980 students.
4. Cumulative total and quarter total number of students who have received grants
Total of funds disbursed through supplemental support programs
During Quarter 1 (1/1/22-3/31/22) College of the Siskiyous created supplemental support programs that students could access in addition to the HEERF III grant funds. Below is a total of these funds disbursed to date:
5. Federal Emergency Grant Criteria and Eligibility
College of the Siskiyous made Federal HEERF III funds available through an online Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Application. The following groups of students are eligible to receive HEERF III funds:
Students must have completed the online HEERF III application to be considered for an award. Unlike previous HEERF funding, College of the Siskiyous made the decision to award all eligible students who apply a grant in the amount of $2000. Once applications have been reviewed and approved they are awarded to student accounts by a member of our CARES Act committee. The funds are then disbursed by our Business Office via BankMobile. Students who do not have access to BankMobile receive funds by check. Initially, students were only eligible to receive HEERF III funds one time, but based on significant need communicated from students who were originally awarded funds, our CARES Act committee made the decision to allow students to apply for a second round of funding.
6. Guidance Provided to students concerning HEERF Emergency Grants
College of the Siskiyous CARES Act Grant Application for Students
We know this is a challenging time for students and want to commend you for your continued resilience! We are here for you!
Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, College of the Siskiyous is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The purpose of the funds is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
College of the Siskiyous will be using an online application to assist us in determining eligible students to receive funding from the CARES Act funds allotted.
If you are a College of the Siskiyous student eligible for financial aid and/or eligible to complete a FAFSA and the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted your personal financial situation, you can apply to receive up to $2000.
If you have any questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information was also relayed to students via our COS Connect texting service with a link to the online application at various times throughout the year.