Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Information

Columbia Gorge Community College Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Information

Columbia Gorge Community College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education on April 17, 2020 the Certification and Agreement to receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) grants to distribute to students who have incurred expenses due to the disruption of campus operations. The college received those funds on April 28, 2020, and as directed by Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act the Department, will distribute at least 50% of the funds directly to eligible students.

The college received $1,208,120 under Section 18004(a)(1) Student portion of HEERF I, II, and III Act to be distributed directly to eligible students.

Quartely report ending June 30, 2020, the college distributed $60,556 in HEERF I grants to 178 eligible students

Quarterly report ending September 30, 2020, the college distributed $28,209 in HEERF I grants to 62 eligible students.

Quarterly report ending December 31, 2020, the college distributed $56,600 in HEERF I grants to 195 eligible students.

Quarterly report ending March 31, 2021, the college distributed $43,000 in HEERF I grants to 182 eligible students.

Quarterly report ending June 30, 2021, the college distributed $69,238 in HEERF II grants to 175 eligible students.

Quarterly report ending September 30, 2021, the college distributed $33,949 in HEERF II grants to 25 eligible students.

Quarterly report ending December 31th, 2021, the college distributed $11,213 in HEERF II grants to 10 eligible students.

Quarterly report ending March 31, 2022, the college distributed $37,088 in HEERF II and $46,391 in HEERF III grants to 53 eligible students.

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CRRSA Act

In March 2021, guidance from the Department of Education allowed institutions to to use their CARES Act Student funding to provide financial aid grants in the same way they are allowed to use their supplemental Student Aid Portion funds under the CRRSAA. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants. In addition, the CRRSAA explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.

In addition, institutions may not (1) condition the receipt of financial aid grants to students on continued or future enrollment in the institution, (2) use the financial aid grants to satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance, unless it has obtained the student’s written (or electronic), affirmative consent, or (3) require such consent as a condition of receipt of or eligibility for the financial aid grant.

CARES Act

Per guidance from the CARES Act, round one of the HEERF funding, the college sent texts and emails to potentially eligible students, informing them of the availability of the grants and the process by which to apply for them. The college determined students’ eligibility for the grants using a web form on which students indicated the kind(s) of eligible expenses they incurred. Students chose one or more of three expense categories: utilities (such as increased water and/or electricity bills), goods (such as increased cleaning, cooking, an/or educational supplies), and Internet/Wifi (and/or other technological access costs). The college initially determined individual grant amounts based on average local prices for the indicated expenses for two months: $125 for utilities, $125 for goods, and $100 for Internet/Wifi.  Those amounts were increased to $188, $187, and $150, respectively for summer term.  Due to the possibility and confirmation of CGCC remaining closed to in person classes Winter term caused the college to have to stretch the funds.  In Fall term, the amount for each category was reduced to $100 to ensure that the college had enough funding to meet the needs for an increased population of students over Fall, Winter and potentially Spring terms in 20-21.

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The college provided the following instructions, directions, and guidance to students regarding applying for the funds: 

FALL TERM 2021 Application

SPRING TERM 2021 Application

WINTER TERM 2021 Application

FALL TERM 2020 Application

SPRING TERM 2020 Application

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Quarterly CARES Act Reporting for October 30, 2020

Quarterly CARES Act Reporting for December 31, 2020

Quarterly CARES Act Reporting for March 31, 2021

Quarterly HEERF Reporting for June 30, 2021

Quarterly HEERF Reporting for September 30, 2021

Quarterly HEERF Reporting for December 31, 2021

Quarterly HEERF Reporting for March 31, 2022

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Frequently Asked Questions

HEERF I CARES Act FAQ's

HEERF II CRRSA Act FAQ's

HEERF III ARP Act FAQ's