Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), previously known as CARES Act/Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted with campus classes/operations going online and who are facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 health crisis. HEERF funds may help pay for any part of your college cost to attend and emergency costs due to the coronavirus such as textbooks, course materials, food, housing/rent, technology (such as laptop, printer, webcam, WI-FI, software, etc.), healthcare, childcare, etc.

Fall 2021 applications are now closed

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Set up a BankMobile account. Cascadia has partnered with BankMobile Disbursements to process aid refunds. Students who are awarded are required to create a profile online and select a refund preference with BankMobile to receive awards.
  3. After application closes, funds will begin to be added to your award and you can view this on the ctcLink Self Service Portal. In ctcLink, the HEERF awarding appears as CARES I, CARES II, or CARES III.

 

Eligibility

All Cascadia students currently enrolled who meet the following criteria, may be eligible:

  • Must be enrolled in classes in the quarter for which you are requesting HEERF 
  • Must have expenses or needs related to the COVID-19 health crisis

Funding is limited and the college cannot guarantee that every student who is eligible will receive funding. Cascadia College prioritizes students with exceptional financial need, when processing application request.

 

About HEERF

CARES Act

  • Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act (CARES)
  • Signed into law March 2020
  • The CARES Act allotted money to provide economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. From the CARES Act, funding was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF.

CRRSAA

  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
  • Signed into law December 2020
  • The CRRSAA authorized money in support for education, in addition to the money provided by the CARES Act. To ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic, CRRSAA made available to higher education institutions fundings as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, or HEERF II.

ARP or HEERF III

  • American Rescue Plan (ARP)
  • Signed into law March 2021
  • The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, or HEERF III, is authorized by the American Rescue Plan and provides funding in support to institutions of higher education to serve and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

FAQs

How will I receive HEERF funding if approved?

The HEERF funding will be dispersed via BankMobile. Our school delivers your refund with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution powered by BMTX, Inc. View our contract online.

If I did not complete a FAFSA or WAFSA, could I still qualify?

Yes. The HEERF funding does NOT require you to complete the FAFSA or WAFSA.

Is there a deadline to apply for the HEERF funding?

Yes. The last day to submit your summer application is Monday, July 19th. The last day to submit your fall application is Tuesday, October 12th.

In the past I did not qualify for Financial Aid because of too much income, would that mean I won’t qualify for HEERF funding too?

No. This funding for COVID related emergencies is not based on income. We understand that students have incurred additional expenses related to COVID-19 regardless of income. If you meet the eligibility requirements above and submit the application before it closes, your application will be considered for funds.

Does this impact my Financial Aid?

No. The COVID-19 related emergency funds do not impact your financial aid or the maximum amount of award a student can receive.

If you have any questions about HEERF that was not addressed, please email finaid@cascadia.edu or visit Student Services Virtual Assistance to Drop-in Zoom with Financial Aid.

 

 

Quarterly Public Reporting

The following reports are provided as part of the college’s agreement with the Department of Education. As of October 1, 2020, reports will be provided no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30) for the term of the agreement.

The following reports are provided as part of the college’s agreement with the Department of Education. As of October 1, 2020, reports will be provided no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30) for the term of the agreement.

Student Aid Portion

9/30/2021

  • CARES Funds
    • Total Funds Received: $578,115
    • Total Funds Dispersed: $578,115
    • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: 1182
    • Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding: 274
  • CRRSAA Funds
    • Total Funds Received: $578,115
    • Total Funds Dispersed: $238,000
    • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: 347
    • Total Number of Students Who Have Received CRRSAA Funding: 119
  • HEERF III Funds
    • Total Funds Received: $1,870,941
    • Total Funds Dispersed: $0
    • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: N/A
    • Total Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF III Funding: N/A

6/30/2021

  • CARES Funds
    • Total Funds Received: $578,115
    • Total Funds Dispersed: $578,115
    • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: 988
    • Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding: 274
  • CRRSAA Funds
    • Total Funds Received: $578,115
    • Total Funds Dispersed: $230,385
    • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: 347
    • Total Number of Students Who Have Received CRRSAA Funding: 116
  • HEERF III Funds
    • Total Funds Received: $1,870,941
    • Total Funds Dispersed: $0
    • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: N/A
    • Total Number of Students Who Have Received HEERF III Funding: N/A
  • Cascadia College signed the Department of Education Agreement for the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students, and received approval on January 17, 2021.
  • CRRSAA funds were offered to Title IV and Washington State eligible financial aid students to apply using an application process.
  • Instruction/Directions/Guidance provided to students:
    • Cascadia wants to keep you enrolled in your classes. If you have an emergency expense due to the disruption of classes/campus operations due to COVID-19, please fill out the application below. These are grants designed to cover a variety of expenses as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).
    • Disbursement Methods: Grant funds awarded will be sent to BankMobile and will be disbursed to you via the refund preference you selected and have on file or sent by paper check from Cascadia College if you are unable to receive funds through BankMobile.
    • Affidavit of Truth Statement and Release of Information: By submitting this application, I am acknowledging the information provided on this form is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and true. I acknowledge that I have a financial need as it relates to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. I understand that by applying for the CARES Act/CRRSAA/HEERF III Emergency Funding, I authorize program staff to evaluate records or data pertinent to my application from other campus offices. I understand that all information will be protected as confidential. I understand that I am not eligible to receive funds until the application process is complete.

3/31/2021

  • Total Funds Received: $578,115
  • Total Funds Dispersed: $523,500
  • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: 641
  • Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding: 260

12/31/2020

  • Total Funds Received: $578,115
  • Total Funds Dispersed: $521,500
  • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: 507
  • Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding: 214

9/30/2020

  • Total Funds Received: $578,115
  • Total Funds Dispersed: $271,500
  • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: 340
  • Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding: 136

7/28/2020

  • Total Funds Received: $578,115
  • Total Funds Dispersed: $271,500
  • Estimated Number of Eligible Students: 340
  • Total Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funding: 136

5/22/2020

  • Cascadia College signed the Department of Education CARES Act Certification and Agreement on April 10, 2020 and returned/submitted the form to the Department on April 11, 2020.
  • Cascadia College received $578,115.00 in CARES (HEERF) Funds to provide to students via emergency grants.
  • Cascadia College will make funds available to students as soon as funds can disburse from our new system, known as ctcLink, which the college began implementing May 11, 2020. Due to changing guidance from the Department of Education, to meet the requirements of the guidance provided, the application process for students to request the CARES funds was unable to be completed before our system was shut down in preparation for conversion.
  • Students who eligible for Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Federal Financial Aid) are eligible to apply for CARES Act funding. During spring quarter 2020, there are approximately 300 students eligible to receive the CARES Act funds.
  • At this time, no funds have been distributed to students. Those students who are eligible to apply for funding will receive the application beginning on Monday, June 1st and students will be notified of their awards the following week.
  • Students eligible to receive Title IV funds were identified and provided the opportunity to submit an application to request funds if they have expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
  • Students who are currently receiving financial aid and have questions about receiving CARES emergency funding, should contact Cascadia Student Financial Services at finaid@cascadia.edu

Institutional Funds