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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF)

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released guidance related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions to assist students with unmet expenses as a result of COVID-19. Funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as:

  • course materials
  • technology
  • food
  • housing
  • health care
  • childcare
  • or other costs of attendance related item

Furthermore, USDOE guidelines required emergency grants only be distributed to students who are eligible to participate in federal Title IV aid programs. Students exclusively enrolled in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible.

In accordance with the HEERF Certification and Agreement signed and returned to the USDOE, the institution will 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. Our institution determined funds would be allocated to the largest number of students possible due to impacts of COVID-19 related events. Following Secretary of Education DeVos’s guidance, Pell eligible students received priority funding. However, based on our institution’s determined criteria, certain non-Pell eligible students were also considered eligible for funding. Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on the method the student has setup with the college. A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student’s current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution.

The institution began making HEERF payments to eligible students mid-May 2020.

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Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from the institution. Please direct all questions to CARES@tcatcrossville.edu.

HEERF Payment Allocation Information

Total Students Potentially Eligible: 285
Total Money Available: $249,955
Total Amount Paid: $223,009.14 
Total Number of Students Paid: 285

Table is initially published no later than 30 days after the institution receives HEERF funds and is updated every 45 days.