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COVID-19 Emergency Funding Information

COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid

Are you experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19? If so, you are eligible to apply for FREE money through grant funds like the CARES Act and the CRRSAA.

 

Emergency Funding Applications - Open through May 14 at 11:59 pm

Emergency grants through HEERF II funds are available to qualifying students. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).

HEERF provides one-time funding to institutions to provide emergency relief grants to students who incur emergency expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as health care, mental health care, childcare, and any component of your cost attendance. In 2020, this grant was known as the CARES Act Funding.

HEERF II grants do not have to be repaid and will not affect eligibility for aid for fall 2021 or spring 2022. Applications can be filed through WebAdvisor in the Financial Aid section.

 

Eligibility

Students are eligible if:

  • Your home college (MVC, NC, RCC) received an official 2020-2021 FAFSA or CA Dream Application as of April 1, 2021
  • You are enrolled for spring 2021 term as of April 15, 2021

 

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Login to your Student Portal (WebAdvisor)
  • Step 2: Go to the Financial Aid Menu to find the HEERF II application
  • Step 3: Complete the Application
  • Step 4: Click Acknowledgement Statement
  • Step 5: Submit

Upon successful submission, you will receive notification on the screen and via email. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure that their applications are considered while funds are still available.

For questions, contact the Moreno Valley College financial aid office at studentfinancialservices@mvc.edu.

 

Grant Awards (through January 10)

MVC CARES Act Grant Awards
Available Funding $1,840,922
Total # of Applications to Date 2268
Spring/Summer 2020: Total Award Amount
($500 per student)
$760,000
Fall 2020: Total Award Amount
($500 per student)
$643,500
Total Awards through Fall 2020 $1,403,500
Remaining Funds $437,422
Applications and Eligible Students by Term
Spring 2020: Total Eligible Students 4181
Spring/Summer 2020: Applications 2092
Spring/Summer 2020: Total # of Awards 1520
Fall 2020: Total Eligible Students 1287

 

Grant Distribution Information

A RCCD task force in consultation with student representatives determined how CARE Act funds will be distributed based on Department of Education eligibility criteria and need. The application – along with a scoring rubric (see below) – will guide the task force in determining awards. Only students who submit an application and demonstrate a COVID-19 related need will be eligible for monies. Funds are limited.

 

Funding Scoring Rubric

Student applications are evaluated based on two point-based rubrics, with a maximum total of 22 points.

Based on Student Records

Based on Student Records* (Category Total Points Possible: 9)

  • Pell Eligible (2 points)
  • California Promise Program Eligible (1 point)
  • EOPS (1 point)
  • Foster Youth (1 point)
  • Veteran (1 point)
  • Documented Disability (1 point)
  • CalWORKs (1 point)
  • First Generation (1 point)

*This information is currently being compiled by the District IE Team and IT using Spring 2020 data

Based on Application Answers

Based on Application Answers (Category Total Points Possible: 13)

  • Reduction in work hours due to COVID 19
    • Student (1 point)
    • Family Member(s) (1 point)
  • Laid off due to COVID-19
    • Student (1 point)
    • Family Member(s) (1 point)
  • Food Insecurity / Hunger (1 point)
  • Housing Insecurity / Homelessness (1 point)
  • Food Cost (1 point)
  • Housing Cost (1 point)
  • Technology Expenses (1 point)
  • Health Care/Medical Expenses (1 point)
  • Child Care Expenses (1 point)
  • Transportation Expenses (1 point)
  • Other (1 point)

 

How RCCD Uses the Funds

CARES Act

The Riverside Community College District and its colleges have signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. More information about the grants to students can be accessed on our COVID-19 Funding Resources page.

 

Quarterly Reports

In addition to receiving funding for direct aid to students through the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, RCCD and its three colleges received funding from the U.S. Department of Education through CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, and 18004(a)(2), Support for Minority Serving Institutions, including Hispanic Serving Institutions. The Department of Education requires that each college post a Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report. Please follow the links below to MVC's Quarterly CARES Report - Sections 1 and 2 - September 30, 2020. For more information, please contact the RCCD Grants Office.