Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

HCC has received funding from three federal grants to provide relief to qualified students and for allowable institutional expenditures from the effects of the Coronavirus. All three rounds are known as the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).  Collectively, these three grants are known as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The HEERF grants fund aid to students, cover certain institutional expenditures, and provide additional funding for HCC as it qualifies as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). HCC is required under the grants to follow federally prescribed procedures and report on the fund expenditures that are disbursed under each section of the Act, which are tracked separately by HCC. Hillsborough Community College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form and has used, or intends to use, no less than the required amount of funds received to provide HEERF grants to students.

HEERF I (CARES Act)

CARES Act funds have been fully spent. This is HCC's final quarterly posting and it covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for HEERF I (CARES Act).

Acknowledgment

Hillsborough Community College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form and has used, or intends to use, no less than the required amount of funds received to provide HEERF grants to students.

The total amount of funds that HCC will receive or has received from ED

$8,131,134.00

The total amount of HEERF grants distributed to HCC students 

$8,131,134.00

The estimated total number of students at HCC that are eligible to receive HEERF grants 

19,342 Students

The total number of HCC students who have received an HEERF grant

14,187 Students

The methods used by HCC to determine which students receive HEERF grants and how much they would receive 

All eligible Title IV students received $300.00 and other eligible students were sent an application to apply for $500.00. Amounts varied on a case-by-case basis for applicants with exceptional hardships.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by HCC to students concerning the HEERF grants

Students were sent the below guidance upon awarding:

You have been awarded CARES Act Funds for the upcoming semester. These funds will be sent to you after drop/add for the semester. You may view these funds now on your updated Financial Aid Award Letter available on WebAdvisor via MyHCC. In order to be eligible to receive the CARES Act Funds, you must be enrolled in classes, and in a degree seeking program for the Fall 2020 semester. You must also have a completed 2020/2021 FAFSA on file and be eligible to receive Title IV funds. If you haven't received a refund previously and need to set up your refund preference, you may use your personal code from BankMobile (arrived in a green envelope and via email) to select how you want your financial aid refund delivered. Can't find your code? Get one instantly by visiting www.refundselection.com and clicking "Need A Code". Additional information regarding the refund selection process can be found on the BankMobile website. For any additional questions regarding your refund, please contact acctsreceivable@hccfl.edu.

HEERF II (CRRSAA)

CRRSAA funds have been fully spent. This is the institution’s final quarterly posting and it covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for HEERF II (CRRSAA).

Acknowledgment

Hillsborough Community College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form and has used, or intends to use, no less than the required amount of funds received to provide HEERF grants to students.

The total amount of funds that HCC will receive or has received from ED

$8,410,091.84

The total amount of HEERF grants distributed to HCC students 

$8,410,091.84

The estimated total number of students at HCC that are eligible to receive HEERF grants 

23,352 Students

The total number of HCC students who have received an HEERF grant

15,831 Students

The methods used by HCC to determine which students receive HEERF grants and how much they would receive 

All Pell recipients were awarded between $300.00 and $1,000.00. All other eligible students received an application for either tuition assistance or emergency grants. Awards ranged from $500 to $1,000.00.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by HCC to students concerning the HEERF grants

Students were sent the below guidance upon awarding:

You have been awarded CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021) Funds for the current 2021 semester. These funds will be sent to you within 14 days of disbursement. You may view these funds now on your updated Financial Aid Award Letter available on WebAdvisor via MyHCC. If you haven't received a refund previously and need to set up your refund preference, you may use your personal code from BankMobile (arrived in a green envelope and via email) to select how you want your financial aid refund delivered. Can't find your code? Get one instantly by visiting www.refundselection.com and clicking "Need A Code". Additional information regarding the refund selection process can be found on the BankMobile website. For any additional questions regarding your refund, please contact acctsreceivable@hccfl.edu.

HEERF III (American Rescue Plan)

Acknowledgment

Hillsborough Community College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form and has used, or intends to use, no less than the required amount of funds received to provide HEERF grants to students.

The total amount of funds that HCC will receive or has received from ED

$31,375,426.00

The total amount of HEERF grants distributed to HCC students 

$9,170,750

The estimated total number of students at HCC that are eligible to receive HEERF grants 

17,316

The total number of HCC students who have received an HEERF grant

9,421 Students

The methods used by HCC to determine which students receive HEERF grants and how much they would receive 

  • Enrolled students eligible for the Federal PELL grant will be awarded $1000 on October 1, 2021.  
  • Enrolled degree seeking students will receive an application to apply for $750 in emergency assistance beginning October 15, 2021 via Hawkmail. 

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by HCC to students concerning the HEERF grants

You have been awarded ARP (American Rescue Plan) Funds for the current Fall 2021 semester. Emergency Funds can be used to assist with any component of cost of attendance. Components of cost of attendance include: food, housing, utilities, technology, health care (including mental health care), child care, books, and supplies. You may view these funds now on "My Awards" via MyHCC.

Emergency assistance funds will be sent to you within 14 days of disbursement.

If you haven't received a refund previously and need to set up your refund preference, you may use your personal code from BankMobile (arrived in a green envelope and via email) to select how you want your financial aid refund delivered. Can't find your code? Get one instantly by visiting www.refundselection.com and clicking "Need A Code". Additional information regarding the refund selection process can be found on the BankMobile website. For any additional questions regarding your refund, please contact acctsreceivable@hccfl.edu.

Institutional and MSI Expenditures

Institutional Expenditures

The institutional portion of the funding under the three grants are as follows:

CARES          $8,131,133

CRRSA          $26,780,907

ARP               $29,326,494

The grants are specific as to the costs that can be reimbursed, including, generally, any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship (collectively referred to as “Recipients Institutional Costs”).  HCC anticipates using the majority of the funds provided under this portion of the Act to retrofit/improve classrooms to enhance online learning, upgrading distance learning technology and other contactless systems, upgrading air handling units at campuses to increase air quality, contact tracing to reduce the spread of coronavirus, personal protective equipment and social distancing measures, certain labor costs, and other expenditures properly classified under the grants.

MSI Expenditures

Additionally, HCC was approved for supplementary funding as a federally recognized Minority Serving Institution (MSI) as follows:

CARES  $1,033,009

CRRSA  $1,908,606

ARP        $3,216,875

To be eligible for the MSI funds, institutions must be designated as eligible in FY 2020 for Title III and Title V programs, have an enrollment of undergraduate students that is at least 25% Hispanic, 50% of degree students are receiving need-based assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act or have a substantial number of enrolled students receiving Pell Grants and have low educational and general expenditures.  HCC anticipates using the majority of these funds to backfill lost revenue due to enrollment declines and for indirect costs.

Reporting

The CARES Act requires that institutions that have received eligibility for funding report Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(a)(2) (for Institutional and MSI expenditures) on federally required form OMB Control Number 1840-0489 on a calendar quarterly basis no later than 30 days after the end of the quarter.  Links to those quarterly reports are provided below: