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CRRSAA Student Aid Award Notice

You may be eligible to receive a relief grant funded by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). These new laws give the U.S. Department of Education (Department) funds to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the HEERF, known as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The college also received funding for institutional purposes. A portion of this funding will be used to provide additional financial aid to students.

Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA and ARPA require 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 in order to qualify for a grant. In addition, the CRRSAA and ARPA explicitly provide that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.

The funds are to be used to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Patrick & Henry Community College received $3,597,258 for the student portion of this fund. Financial aid grants for students 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 child care.

If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), has qualified under the REV program, or eligible for FANTIC, then the student is likely eligible, depending upon income level. Students who have not filed a FAFSA, are not qualified under the REV program, or ineligible for FANTIC, also may receive emergency financial aid grants. Those students will be required to complete an online application by April 14, 2023. We are distributing funds in accordance with guidance from the United State Department of Education to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled during Spring 2023 term
  • Have demonstrated exceptional need:
    • Students who qualify for FANTIC
    • Financial aid recipients who are enrolled in 6+ financial aid eligible credits as a dependent with an EFC less than $14,408 or an independent with an EFC less than $19,818.

The following students are not eligible to receive a grant award:

  • Dual Enrollment students
  • Third-party payers such as employers

$713,849 of student financial aid will be paid to eligible students enrolled during fall semester as soon as practicable after April 14, 2023.

The college has queried the Student Information System (SIS) to determine student eligibility through the Primary EFC portion of those students who completed a FAFSA. For those who did not complete a FAFSA, they will be required to complete an application and eligibility for grants will be manually determined.

Approximately 1005 students will be eligible as of last count. Eligibility of those who do not have a FAFSA on file is still be assessed. The final number of eligible students will not be known until after April 14, 2023.

The amounts received will depend upon the number of eligible students.

Nelnet/TMS is processing the payments. They will be processed in the same manner as other student refunds. There are currently two refund methods: 1) ACH direct deposit for students who have bank accounts setup to receive them or 2) paper checks will be sent to the rest.

No. This grant is not includible in your gross income, you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant including the tuition and fees deduction, the American Opportunity Credit, or the Lifetime Learning Credit. For more information, see:

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