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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

CARES Act Emergency Aid - Important Facts about HEERF 

Certification & Approval

Cerritos College signed and submitted a Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on April 14, 2020 which assures that our college will use no less than 50% of the funds received from the CARES Act (Section 18004(a)(1) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Cerritos College received approval for the following allocations for HEERF student portion:

HEERF I - $6,093,225 on April 24, 2020 

HEERF II - $6,093,225 on February 16, 2021

HEERF III - $23,116,657 on May 12th, 2021

Awarding/Disbursement

Awards

On May 1st, 2020, Cerritos College first awarded $2,751,900 in CARES Act Emergency Grants to 7,329 students for spring 2020.

On September 14, 2020, we awarded $3,882,600 in HEERF Emergency Grants to 5,673 students for fall 2020.

On March 15, 2021, we awarded $4,554,300 in HEERF Emergency Grants to 6,961 students for spring 2021.

On August 27, 2021, we awarded $7,741,000 in HEERF Emergency Grants to 7,547 students for fall 2021. 

Disbursements

We have disbursed the following CARES Act Emergency Grants:

Spring 2020 - $2,354,132 to 6,047 students (HEERF I - student portion)

Summer 2020 - $36,347 to 89 students (HEERF I - student portion)

Fall 2020 - $3,578,671 to 5,164 students (HEERF I - student portion)

Spring 2021 - $4,237,823 to 6,004 students (see breakdown below)

  • $116,774 to 156 students (HEERF I - student portion)
  • $3,732,300 to 5732 students (HEERF I - institutional portion)
  • $50,849 to 116 students (HEERF II - student portion)
  • $337,900 to 514 students (HEERF II - institutional portion)

Summer 2021 - $7,301 to 18 students (HEERF I - student portion)

Fall 2021 - $5,736,641 to 5,433 students (see breakdown below)

  • $4,331,891 to 3,791 students (HEERF II - student portion)
  • $1,404,750 to 1,744 students (HEERF II - student portion)

Total:  $15,950,915 Disbursed as of September 30th, 2021

Method and Instructions

In awarding the HEERF Emergency Aid Grants for spring 2020 and fall 2020, a group of students were selected with a 0 to 5,000 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) based on a tiered enrollment method.  Students who were disqualified for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) were excluded.

For spring 2021, in addition to the group of students selected with a 0 to 5,000 EFC, there was an additional group of those with a 5,001 - 10,000 EFC if they were in 9 or more units.  Students who were disqualified for SAP were excluded.

For fall 2021, students with a 0 - 10,000 EFC calculated by FAFSA and/or CA Dream Act Application were awarded based on a tiered enrollment method.  There are 2 disbursements for fall 2021 and the amounts were increased from prior semesters.  Enrollment fees/debt assistance was also offered from the institutional funding portion to students who met select criteria.  

The amounts distributed were calculated based on the following:

Enrollment Status Amount
Full-time (12 or more units) $500 for spring 2020 and $1,000 for fall 2020 & spring 2021, $3,000 for fall 2021 ($1,500 first disbursement and $1,500 2nd disbursement)
Three-quarter time (9 – 11.5 units) $400 for spring 2020 and $500 for fall 2020 & spring 2021, $2,000 for fall 2021 ($1,000 for first disbursement and $1,000 for second disbursement)
Half-time (6-8.5 units) $300 for spring 2020, fall 2020, & spring 2021, $1,000 for fall 2021 ($500 for first disbursement and $500 for second disbursement)
Less than half-time (3-5.5 units) $200 for spring 2020, fall 2020, & spring 2021, $500 for fall 2021 ($250 for first disbursement and $250 for second disbursement)

In addition, funds have also been distributed using the Cerritos College Emergency Aid application to students as they document their expenses on an individual basis.

Students that were awarded were notified via e-mail and provided with instructions on how to accept their award on MyCerritos portal acknowledging that they incurred expenses related to the disruption of the campus due to COVID-19.

Reports Ending September 30, 2020

Institutional portion - quarterly budget and expenditure report - 9/30/20

Institutional portion - Cumulative budget and expenditure report - 9/30/20

 
Reports Ending December 30, 2020

Institutional portion - quarterly budget and expenditure report - 12/30/20

Institutional portion - cumulative budget and expenditure report - 12/30/20

 
Reports Ending March 31, 2021

Institutional portion - quarterly budget and expenditure report - 03/31/21

Institutional portion - Cumulative budget and expenditure report - 03/31/21

 

Reports Ending June 30, 2021

Institutional portion - quarterly budget and expenditure report - 06/30/21

Institutional portion - Cumulative budget and expenditure report - 06/30/21

STUDENT PORTION - QUARTERLY EXPENDITURE REPORT - 6/30/21

Reports Ending September 30, 2021

Institutional portion - quarterly budget and expenditure report - 9/30/21

Institutional portion - cumulative budget and expenditure report - 9/30/21

STUDENT PORTION - QUARTERLY EXPENDITURE REPORT - 9/30/21

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