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 an allocation of $6,093,224 on April 24, 2020 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
On May 1st, 2020, Cerritos College first awarded $2,751,900 in CARES Act Emergency Grants to 7,329 students for spring 2020. At that time, we estimated that there were 8,832 total students who were eligible for Title IV aid and eligible to receive the CARES Act Emergency Grants.
On September 14, 2020, we awarded $3,882,600 in CARES Act Emergency Grants to 5,673 students for fall 2020.
On March 15, 2021, we awarded $4,554,300 in CARES Act Emergency Grants to 6,961 students for spring 2021.
We have disbursed the following CARES Act Emergency Grants:
Spring 2020 - $2,355,032 to 6,050 students (HEERF I - student portion)
Summer 2020 - $36,347 to 89 students (HEERF I - student portion)
Fall 2020 - $3,585,971 to 5,163 students (HEERF I - student portion)
Spring 2021 - $3,642,005 to 5,494 students (see breakdown below)
- $112,674 to 152 students (HEERF I - student portion)
- $3,524,900 to 5,330 students (HEERF I - institutional portion)
- $4,431 to 12 students (HEERF II - student portion)
Total: $9,639,355 Disbursed as of March 31st, 2021
Method and Instructions
In awarding the CARES Act Emergency Grant 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. 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.
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|
|Three-quarter time (9 – 11.5 units)||$400 for spring 2020 and $500 for fall 2020 & spring 2021|
|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.
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.