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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

CARES Act Emergency Aid - Important Facts about HEERF – 30 Day Fund Report

Certification & Approval

Cerritos College signed and submitted a Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on April 14th, 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 an allocation of $6,093,224 on April 24th, 2020 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.


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

We have estimated that there are 8,832 total students who are eligible for Title IV aid and eligible to receive the CARES Act Emergency Grants.


As of July 10th, we have awarded and disbursed to 6,104 students in the amount of $2,372,364 (spring 2020 and summer 2020).  

Method and Instructions

In awarding the CARES Act Emergency Grant, a group of students was 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.  The amounts distributed were calculated based on the following:

Enrollment Status Amount
Full-time (12 or more units) $500
Three-quarter time (9 – 11.5 units) $400
Half-time (6-8.5 units) $300
Less than half-time (3-5.5 units) $200

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.

Additional distribution of funds will also occur during the upcoming Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.

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.

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Last Update: 7/10/2020