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
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.
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:
|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
Reports Ending December 30, 2020
Reports Ending March 31, 2021