The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and directs institutions of higher education to use no less than 50 percent of funds received under Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

In April 2020, Shasta College was allocated $1,836,637 for student emergency grants and $1,836,637 for institutional support funds under the CARES Act Section 18004(s)(1). The college received an additional $182,433 ($91,216 for student emergency grants and $91,217 for institutional funds) in August 2020 under the CARES Act Section 18004(a)(2).

Federal Reporting

Federal regulations require quarterly reporting for both student emergency and institutional funds.

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

The below "Frequently Asked Questions for Students” is intended for Shasta College students.

The following information is from the federal Department of Education website’s FAQ for these funds: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerfstudentfaqs.pdf “Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.”

Due to the federal Department of Education’s requirement that “only students who are or could be eligible” to file a FAFSA and meet the criteria to participate in federal financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), Shasta College focused on the following students:

  • Students who had filed a 2019-20 FAFSA and had fully completed their financial aid file (e.g., completed any required verification documentation).
  • Students whose FAFSA information demonstrated that the student had any amount of financial need for 2019-20.
  • Students enrolled in at least 3 units at the end of the Spring 2020 term.
  • Students who were already registered in fully online classes on/before March 13, 2020 (the date the President declared a national emergency) were not included.

No. According to the federal Department of Education, these funds are not intended for students who were already enrolled in fully online courses/programs. According to federal DOE guidance, students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants.

Current immigration law prohibits non-US Citizens who are currently pursuing (or may want to pursue) an extension of their nonimmigrant stay or change their nonimmigrant status (to US Citizenship) from accepting some forms of public benefits. In some cases, the law also prohibits the spouse of a non-US Citizen (even if the spouse may be a US Citizen themselves) from accepting public benefits. The decision to accept or not accept these funds is yours. For more information about this immigration law, please see: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-cardprocesses-and-procedures/public-charge The Shasta College Financial Aid Office cannot answer questions about immigration law.

No, we are using information from your 2019-20 FAFSA already on file.

Please log into MyShasta, click on “MyFinancialAid” and review your 2019-20 Financial Aid Award letter. The CARES emergency funds will be listed as “COVID CARES Funding” and a dollar amount. (see image on next page)

Make sure you are looking at your 2019-20 award letter. If you don’t see it, call our office at 242-7650.

We anticipate disbursing the funds on Friday, May 29th.

Shasta College partners with BankMobile to disburse financial aid funds (“refunds”). If you have previously received financial aid refunds, you do not need to do anything.

If you have never received a financial aid refund, PLEASE log into BankMobile’s site and set up your preference for how you want to receive your funds. Your choices are:

  • Deposit to an existing account - Your money will arrive 1-2 business days after BankMobile receives the funds from the college.
  • Deposit to a BankMobile Vibe Checking Account - Your money will arrive the same business day BankMobile receives the funds from the college.
  • Check by mail – a check by mail could take up to 21 days. If you choose check by mail, you MUST log into MyShasta to see if we have your current address on file. If we do not, please use MyShasta to update your mailing address. (see image on the next page)

The website to indicate your preference is: RefundSelection.com

  • Enter your BankMobile Personal Code or choose to get an instant personal code
  • Choose your preferred delivery method

While CARES funding was awarded to students who were qualified as of May 6, 2020, we continue to encourage students to complete their 2019-20 financial aid file (and your 2020-21 financial aid file, too!). Completing the FAFSA is the first and necessary step, and completing your financial aid file by submitting any required “verification” documentation is the next step to be considered for many grants and scholarships. You may still be eligible for other aid for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Shasta College Foundation has a Student “Survive and Thrive” fund available. Students can apply for up to $250 in emergency funds. Go to www.shastacollege.edu/foundation and click on the “Student Survive and Thrive Fund” button to access the application.

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