In alignment with the federal CRRSA Act and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Rock Valley College will continue to provide emergency assistance to students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic since the spring 2020 semester. Funding is intended to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Covid-19. All awards must adhere to federal statutory and regulatory requirements
The Financial Aid Office, in collaboration with Rock Valley College campus officials, have determined those students eligible to receive emergency assistance in conjunction with guidance as indicated by the Department of Education. Please contact the Rock Valley College Financial Aid office for questions regarding emergency relief fund availability.
Rock Valley College has agreed to the terms and conditions outlined within Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) through an agreement with the Department of Education. Rock Valley College received a total of $1,645,203 in HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grants to assist the student population. Understanding the financial challenges and barriers students are facing during the pandemic, Rock Valley College is committed to providing financial aid assistance to students through utilization of these funds.
In May 2021, Rock Valley College identified 1673 eligible students with exceptional need and will work to provide assistance to students via a grant disbursements tier system ranging from $300 to $800. The total amount distributed to these students to date is $596,500 via the HEERF II allocation. Thus far, Rock Valley College has provided a total of $2,241,703 in student fund emergency assistance; of which $1,645,203 was from the CARES (HEERF I) allocation. The college will continue to utilize these allocated relief funds to assist students in accordance to the guidelines as determined by the Department of Education and Rock Valley College fund administrators.
The availability of these funds is communicated to all enrolled Rock Valley College students via emails and other means of communication.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The Department of Education has made federal emergency relief funds available to students who have been impacted by and incurred emergency costs due to the pandemic.
Students who are or were enrolled in an institution of higher education during the COVID-19 national emergency are eligible for emergency financial aid grants (in accordance to eligibility guidelines as deemed by the Department of Education and administered by the Rock Valley College Financial Aid Office).
Student eligibility requirements to qualify for the federal emergency relief funds include:
Yes. Updated guidance issued by the Department of Education indicates these students are now eligible for federal emergency relief funds.
Yes. Updated guidance issued by the Department of Education indicates these students are now eligible for federal emergency relief funds. However, institutions must ensure that funds go to students who have exceptional need. The Department of Education encourages institutions to prioritize domestic students in allocating this funding.
Eligible students that meet the initial criteria will receive the emergency grants automatically and are not required to take any additional action. Emergency grants will be automatically disbursed to students through the Financial Aid Office. An application process may be made available to students that do not meet the initial criteria or are in need of additional funds.
CRRSAA eligible students will receive a notification from the Rock Valley College Financial Aid Office with regard to their award status.
No. Money from federal emergency relief funds is not considered financial assistance in accordance to Department of Education regulations. As such, these funds will not impact your eligibility for regular financial aid (e.g., grants, scholarships, loans). In addition, this funding is not counted as income in calculating a family’s FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
No, money received through this fund is a grant and does not need to be repaid.
Students with exceptional need, defined as eligible for a Pell grant will be prioritized. Rock Valley College is providing students with awards that range between $300 and $800. Students may only receive funding once per semester.
Emergency grant funds will be disbursed as a paper check, sent to the address Rock Valley College has on file for the student. Emergency fund disbursement periods within the semester will be determined by the Financial Aid Office. For specific questions regarding your emergency grant disbursement, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Yes, students can deposit their check and use those funds to pay an outstanding balance on their account.
No. Receipt of these funds does not indicate the recipient has satisfied their financial obligations for any debts incurred. Please check your current account balance to determine what you may still owe.
The intent of the emergency grant award is to provide financial assistance to keep students enrolled and involved in school throughout the pandemic. Emergency grants can be used for costs related to attending Rock Valley College or for emergency costs due to the pandemic, such as tuition, housing, food, health care, mental health care, or childcare. Students can decide how to use their emergency grant within these specific categories.
For additional questions regarding the pandemic and available financial assistance, please contact the Rock Valley College Financial Aid Office at RVC-FIA@rockvalleycollege.edu or call 815-921-4150.