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COVID-19 response: Access virtual student services and other COVID-19-related College information.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Pima Community College signed and submitted to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 10, 2020, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

As of Wednesday, July 1, 2020, $5,211,525 has been disbursed.

The estimated number of students that may be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 was more than 9,000. As of July 1, 2020, 6,509 students have received funding.

Pima Community College has provided a web page with FAQs for students to learn about these funds and who are eligible to receive the funds.

Pima Community College Granted:

  • Total allocation $9,989,049

    • Calculation used to determine funding allocation was a 75/25 ratio; 75% based on Full-time, Pell eligible students, 25% based on Full-time enrolled students

Utilization Limitations Set by Department of Education:

  • The Secretary does not consider these individual emergency financial aid grants to constitute Federal financial aid under Title IV of the HEA

  • 50% must be reserved to provide students with emergency grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

    • $4,994,525 student emergency funds

    • Emergency money to students

  • Direct disbursements to students

  • Does not count as estimated financial assistance

  • Eligible student expenses include but are not limited to: food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care 

  • OFAS must reconcile and do the reporting to Department of Education every 30 days

Students eligible for HEERF:

  1. U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen 
  2. Social Security number
  3. Registration with Selective Service (if the student is male)
  4. High school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting
  5. FAFSA must be received by Pima Community College

The FAFSA is necessary for validation of criteria 1-4. Upon the student submitting the FAFSA, the application goes through several federal database checks to confirm the validity of the data. Pima Community College, as an open admissions institution, does not collect and validate some of these pieces of information.

Awarding and Disbursing Methodology for Emergency Student Funds:

Student Disbursement Calculation 

Apply funds to students using a tiered award amount based on enrollment level.  

  • Less than half time (1-5 credits) = $400
  • Half time (6-8 credits) = $600
  • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits) = $800
  • Full time (12 credits or more) = $1,000
  • Clock Hour programs = $1,000 (FT Students) 

Priority for awarding these funds:

Pell Grant 

Students who receive Federal Pell Grant will be the first to be evaluated and considered the award.

FAFSA application

Students who PCC has received a FAFSA application and have demonstrated need. These are students who may have not qualify for Pell Grant.

PCC’s Student Emergency Fund application process

Students who have submitted a request and/or indicated having been affected or demonstrated need or disruption as a result of COVID-19.

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