COVID-19 - CRRSA Act

IMPORTANT NOTICE

REGARDING CRRSA ACT EMERGENCY GRANTS

 

To All Students,

At TTUHSC El Paso, we are dedicated to supporting our students’ success and understand there are times when students experience difficulties that disrupt their academic and personal lives. If you have experienced a significant change of circumstances, increases in expenses or decrease in income during this time, we would like you to know that TTUHSC El Paso has CRRSA Act emergency grants available for emergency relief. These CRRSA Act Emergency Relief Grants are intended for unexpected or unforeseen expenses as a result of campus disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic that could delay progress toward degree completion.

TTUHSC El Paso will make block emergency grants based on the following criteria to all 
eligible Spring 2021 enrolled students:

Awards are based on the following criteria:

EFC = 0                                              $300
EFC >0 and EFC <= 5600                  $275
EFC > 5600 and EFC <= 10,000        $200
EFC > 10,000 and EFC <= 30,000     $175
EFC > 30,000 or No FAFSA               $150 

Any remaining funds will be available to apply for through the institutional CARES application.

If you are in need of assistance beyond the block grant amount, please visit HSC CARES Act Emergency Grant App starting March 15, follow the instructions and submit. This application 
is specifically intended to provide CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants to assist students with the completion of the Spring 2021 semester.

The appropriate application(s) must be submitted by March 31, 2021.

Please contact us if you have further questions about this process. Please email us at elp.financialaid@ttuhsc.edu or leave a message at 915-215-4370. Either Ron Williams or Araceli Moreno will return your email or call within 48 hours.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS

All CRRSA Act Emergency Funds have been allocated to students who attended Spring 2021 and continuing students who are attending Summer 2021. No further funding is available at this time.

 

TTUHSC El Paso has received federal funding from the CRRSA Act, which provides assistance for student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Students can request funds in these categories:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course Materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare expenses
  • Other Expenses (Expenses that do not fit any of the above)

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for CRRSA Act funding if you are a degree-seeking student enrolled in at least one face-to-face course during the 2020 spring semester.

International, dual credit, non-U.S.-citizen, non-degree-seeking students, and students enrolled
exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CRRSA Act funding.

How do I apply?

All CRRSA Act funds have been exhausted at this time.

FAQs

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on December 27, 2020. This new law gives the U.S.Department of Education (Department) approximately $22.7 billion to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the HEERF II. The CRRSAA requires that an institution receiving funding under section 314(a)(1) provide the “same amount” in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original CARES Act Student Aid Portion award.

What is the HEERF II (CRRSAA) Emergency Grant?

Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Unlike the CARES Act, the HEERF II (CRRSAA) requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants.
TTUHSC El Paso will distribute at the minimum $211,288 in emergency grants for eligible students experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional Institutional funding will be added to the student emergency grant fund if needed to ensure all eligible students are able to receive emergency funds. These are one-time grants from the federal government and do not require any repayment. The HEERF II (CRRSAA) emergency grant provides temporary, short-term, emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing an unforeseen hardship that could adversely affect their educational success. The main criteria for a grant are the demonstration of a genuine need as reflected in a low expected family contribution (EFC)

Awards are based on the following criteria:

EFC = 0                                            $300
EFC >0 and EFC <= 5600                $275
EFC > 5600 and EFC <= 10,000      $200
EFC > 10,000 and EFC <= 30,000   $175
EFC > 30,000 or No FAFSA             $150 

Any remaining fund will be available to apply for through the institutional CARES application.

We are committed to assisting all eligible students that may have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to the greatest extent possible with the CRRSA Act funds available. You should request funds based on your actual financial need for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care, for the time period of the emergency. At this time, funds are limited, and grants are available up to $300

Emergency grants will be processed through accounts payable.

If you have direct deposit set up an ACH will be sent directly to your bank account on file.

If you don’t have direct deposit set up, you will receive a check by mail.

You will be notify by email tell you CARES act funds have been awarded to you regards of the actual disbursement type. 

No, you will not need to repay any money received through this fund

No. This is an emergency grant to help you manage unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus, and it will not have any impact on other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

Any CRRSA Act funding awarded to you will be paid to you directly, and it will not cover any outstanding balances owed to TTUHSC El Paso. Any outstanding balance owed to TTUHSC El Paso will remain the responsibility of the student.

Current guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department states that these emergency grant are non-taxable.

 

CRRSA Act Reporting and Disclosure.

PR#:  P425E204318-20A
Report #1  (Quarter Ending March 30, 2021)

The total amount of funds TTUHSC El Paso received on February 19, 2021, from the U.S. 
Department ofEducation for distribution for emergency grants to students is $211,288. 

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 314(a)(1)of the CRRSA Act as of March 31, is $211,050.

The estimated total number of students at TTUHSC El Paso eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and meet the eligibility to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act is 754.

The total number of unduplicated students, as of March 31, who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Block Grant under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act is 754. There were 754 grants awarded for a total of $193,725

The methods used to determine which and how much students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows –

Block grants were awarded to all eligible students based on the following criteria:

EFC = 0                                               $300
EFC >0 and EFC <= 5600                   $275
EFC > 5600 and EFC <= 10,000         $200
EFC > 10,000 and EFC <= 30,000      $175
EFC > 30,000 or No FAFSA                $150

CRRSA Act Emergency grants application was opened up on March 15.  All remaining funds after block grants were made  available for students to apply for a maximum of $300.  As of March 31,  64 emergency grants were awarded through the CARES Act Emergency grant application for a total of $17,325.

The announcement and instructions to students were provided in an email announcement from the Student Wellness Office and through a web page created solely for the purpose of the CRRSA Act: https://ttuhscep.edu/studentservices/Financial-Aid/covid-19-crrsa-act.asp

CRRSA Act Reporting and Disclosure.

PR#: P425E204318-20A
Report #2 (Quarter Ending June 30, 2021)

The total amount of funds TTUHSC El Paso received on February 19, 2021 from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution for emergency grants to students is $211,288.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 314(a)(1)of the CRRSA Act as of June 30th  , is $211,050.

The estimated total number of students at TTUHSC El Paso eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and meet the eligibility to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act is 754.

The total number of unduplicated students, as of June 30th , who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Block Grant under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act is 754. There were 754 grants awarded for a total of $193,725

The methods used to determine which and how much students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows –

Block grants were awarded to all eligible students based on the following criteria:

EFC = 0                                                     $300

EFC >0 and EFC <= 5600                         $275

EFC > 5600 and EFC <= 10,000               $200

EFC > 10,000 and EFC <= 30,000            $175

EFC > 30,000 or No FAFSA                        $150

CRRSA Act Emergency grants application was opened up on March 15th. All remaining funds after block grants were made available for students to apply for a maximum of $300. As of March 31st, 64 emergency grants were awarded through the CARES Act Emergency grant application for a total of $17,325.

The announcement and instructions to students were provided in an e-mail announcement from the Student Wellness Office and through a webpage created solely for the purpose of the CRRSA Act: https://ttuhscep.edu/studentservices/Financial-Aid/covid19-cares-act.aspx

HEERF 2021 1st Quarter Report 

HEERF 2021 2nd Quarter Report

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COVID-19 - CRRSA ACT