Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

If you are currently enrolled at ECC, you may be eligible for COVID relief funds. Please contact Financial Aid at financialaid@elgin.edu.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund: HEERF II, III

  • The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act);
  • The American Rescue Plan (ARP Act)

The information below is provided in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s HEERF Reporting requirements. The information in this report was compiled as of October 1, 2021, and will be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30) thereafter.

The following are the required HEERF disclosures:

  1. An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. Elgin Community College acknowledges that it signed and returned the federal certification and agreement to receive CRRSAA funding agreed to use no less than the required amount(s) under the CRRSA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    Elgin Community College acknowledges that it signed and returned the federal certification and agreement to receive CRRSAA funding agreed to use no less than the required amount(s) under the CRRSA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the department pursuant to the institution’s certification and agreement for emergency financial aid grants to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    Elgin Community College received $11,408,650.50 from the U.S. Department of Education for emergency financial aid grants to be distributed to students in the form of CRRSA Act funds and ARP Act funds.

  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission.

    As of October 1, 2021, Elgin Community College has distributed $3,405,016.00 directly to students, in accordance with the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs. In addition, $2,414,000.00 was distributed directly to students from the CARES program. A total of 5,819,016.00 has been distributed to students.

  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    Elgin Community College has approximately 7,000 students who may be eligible in the fall, 2021 semester.

    The CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs provide emergency financial aid grants to address the financial need of students due to the disruption of campus operations and the related expenses they incurred. Therefore, the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs limited the eligibility of emergency grants to students who were actively participating in courses and programs on or after March 13, 2020.

    Within the total population, institutions were instructed to determine eligibility criteria for distribution of the grant and encouraged to prioritize students with the greatest need.

  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    As of October 1, 2021, 4,119 students received CRRSAA and ARP funds. A total of 2,515 students received CARES Act funds.

  6. The method used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    Any individual who is or was enrolled on or after the date the national emergency was declared for COVID-19 may qualify for assistance under the HEERF programs.

    Degree-seeking, Non-degree seeking, credit, non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students are eligible.

    Students exclusively enrolled in distance education may receive these funds.

    Refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers, similar undocumented students, and international students qualify for HEERF student grants.

    Students must be enrolled in the fall 2021 term to be eligible for a fall award.

    Certification received from the student.

Student Type by SemesterAmount
Degree-Seeking, Credit Students: Full-Time (12 or more credits) Enrollment $1,000.00
Degree-Seeking, Credit Students: Less than Full-Time Enrollment (Less than 12 credits) $600.00
Student that are non-degree seeking, non-credit, dual-enrolled, and continuing education students $300.00
  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    Students may contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office at 847-214-7360 or send an email to ARPAct@elgin.edu if they have questions regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, including CARES Act funds, CRRSA Act Funds and/or ARP Act Funds.

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