Most Recent: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), was enacted on December 27, 2020 to help mitigate the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CRRSAA includes a second allocation of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) to provide emergency funding to eligible institutions of higher education.  

The legislation stipulates that a portion of the funds received by institutions of higher education must benefit students directly in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.  

LFCC has $1,328,800 in funds being used to provide student emergency grants.

What is the CRRSAA/HEERF II Student Emergency Grant?

The CCRRSAA/HEERF II Student Emergency Grant is aid in the form of direct payments to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, which may include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Who is eligible for a CRRSAA/HEERF II Student Emergency Grant

Students must meet the following criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System:

  1. Student meets all Title IV eligibility criteria and is enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program as of Spring 2021.
  2. Student was actively enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester as of March 3, 2021, when the process was run.
  3. Student must be enrolled half-time or greater, which means enrolled in at least six financial-aid eligible credits.
  4. Student’s FAFSA information must be below institution specified Expected Family Contribution(EFC) ceiling, which was less than $20,001. 

Based on the criteria above, there were 1,208 eligible students at LFCC that will each receive an emergency grant in the amount of $1,100.

The LFCC Office of Financial Aid uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine student eligibility. If you believe you may be eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed one for 2020-21, please file your application at www.studentaid.gov

Why didn't I receive a CRRSAA/HEERF II Student Emergency Grant?

Per the criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education and VCCS, students must meet Title IV eligibility requirements to receive a CRRSAA/HEERF II Student Emergency Grant. Therefore, international and undocumented students are not eligible.

Non-matriculated students are not eligible. These are students who have not yet been accepted for admission to LFCC or have lost matriculated status by not enrolling in coursework for one term.

The LFCC Office of Financial Aid uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine student eligibility. If you believe you may be eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed one for 2020-21, please file your application at www.studentaid.gov

Is other financial assistance available?

If you are not eligible for the CRRSAA/HEERF II Student Emergency Grant, LFCC may be able to help you identify other sources of aid or scholarships. We know that the income of many families may be in flux or there may be additional expenses due to COVID-19.

Please complete LFCC’s emergency fund online application to request help with your immediate needs and consider filing a Request for Review for other financial aid funds for longer term and future needs.

The LFCC Foundation is still accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-21 academic year. The easy, online application is at www.lfcc.edu/scholarships

When will the CRRSAA/HEERF II Student Emergency Grant be distributed?

LFCC will rapidly start distributing grants to students based on their eligibility.  We anticipate the grants will be disbursed the week of April 1st at the latest. Recipients will be notified via their MyLFCC Message Center.

Do I need to report financial aid or grants on my federal tax return?

Each financial award you receive from the federal government and other sources will have separate and unique tax consequences for your federal tax return. Visit the https://www.irs.gov/IRS website for assistance.

CRRSAA/HEERF II Disclosures, Quarterly Budget & Expenditure Reporting

Coming soon…

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