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Eligibility and Resources

In December 2020, Congress released the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act through the Consolidated Appropriations which provided additional stimulus funding for institutions of higher education and their students. Due to this new legislation, TCTC is able to provide immediate assistance to individuals and families suffering economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleges and universities are required to use CRRSA Act funds to provide grants to students for expenses related to the disruptions to their education due to COVID-19, including things like tuition, fees, course materials and technology, as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare.

The CRRSA Act anticipated funding was applied to eligible student accounts on Friday, January 8, 2020. The timing and quick action of TCTC employees, to be able to award these funds, shows the caring and responsive nature the college has in supporting its students and the community. We care about our students and the community’s current financial situation and are sensitive to their needs. The use of funds in this way will allow current students to continue their education and incoming students to attend when they otherwise would not be able to afford to continue their education. 

ELIGIBILITY

Tri-County Technical College received CRRSA Act funding, which will be dispersed immediately to eligible students. To be eligible for CRRSA Act grants, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must have been enrolled at Tri-County Technical College during the spring 2021 semester.
  • Students must also be Federal Title IV eligible by meeting the following requirements:
    1. Completed a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with all requirements completed
    2. Have a high school credential
    3. Be enrolled in an eligible program of study

DACA, dual enrollment, transient, non-degree and I-BEST students are not eligible for CRRSA Act grants.

If you are deemed eligible based on the above criteria, the following amount will be received based on the below groupings:

  • If you have demonstrated financial need and are a Federal Pell Grant recipient, you will receive a one-time CRRSA grant of $1,000.
  • If you have demonstrated financial need and are not a Federal Pell Grant recipient, you will receive a one-time CRRSA grant of $625.
  • If you do not have demonstrated financial need and have an EFC below 12,070 (the colleges in county, with parent cost of attendance), you will receive a one-time CRRSA grant of $360.

As with all federal grants, grants and scholarships cannot exceed the term cost of attendance and therefore is subject to a reduction.

OTHER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS

If you are not eligible for CRRSA Act funds or have expenses that exceed what the CRRSA Act can provide, emergency student funds may be available through Tri-County Technical College. Please complete this online request and a Tri-County team member will work with you to identify any available support resources.

BUDGETING ASSISTANCE

Students who receive a CRRSA Act grant are encouraged to save the money to help pay for summer and fall expenses to remain on track academically. However, use of the funds is entirely at the student’s discretion. If you need assistance with budgeting, our Money Management Center is available to help. Click here to schedule an appointment.  

CRRSA and CARES Act Funding FAQs

Public Disclosure and Reporting Requirements for CRSSA Act

Tri-County Technical College, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement previously signed under the CARES Act, will award (at minimum) $2,123,242 of the funds received from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSA Act).

  1. Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, the College received a total of $2,123,242 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. As of February 26, 2021 the college has disbursed a total of $2,373,192 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1).
  3. An estimated 3,515 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, which CRSSA Act follows the initial requirements.
  4. Students must have been enrolled at Tri-County Technical College in the Spring 2021 term and have completed a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with all requirements completed to confirm citizenship.

Instructions and guidance were sent to students on 1/22/2021 about the grant funding and the ability to consent to apply the funds to the Spring 2021 tuition and fees balance.

We have compiled answers to your most frequently asked questions for you here.

Public Disclosure and Reporting Requirements for CARES Act

Tri-County Technical College has signed and returned to the Education Department the Certification and Agreement assuring that we will used at least 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The College will receive a total of $2,123,242 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. As of May 14th 2020 the college as disbursed a total of $2,123,749.88 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1).
  3. An estimated 3,500 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. As of May 14th 2020 2,443 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act at Tri-County Technical College
  5. Students must have been enrolled at Tri-County Technical College on March 13, 2020 (the day the U.S. government declared a national emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, which was also the last day of class prior to the transition to online learning).  Students must also be Federal Title IV eligible by meeting the following requirements:
    • Completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with all requirements completed
    • Have a high school credential
    • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements: GPA of 2.0 or higher; maintain a 67% or higher completion rate; complete your degree/diploma/certificate within 150% of the required program hours of study
    • Be enrolled in an eligible program of study

Instructions and guidance was provided to all students on Wednesday April 23 2020.