CRRSAA Emergency Funds (HEERF II)
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 Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.
In Spring 2021, Shasta College was allocated $1,836,637 for emergency financial aid grants to students and $7,278,633 for institutional support funds under the HEERF II CRRSAA allocation.
Federal regulations require quarterly reporting for both student emergency and institutional funds. Please view Federal Reports for reports related to CRRSAA HEERF II funds.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
The below "Frequently Asked Questions for Students” is intended for Shasta College students.
As of 4/25/21, all allocated CRRSAA emergency financial aid grants for students have been awarded.
Yes, the Shasta College Foundation has a Survive and Thrive emergency student grant application. Students can apply for up to $250 once per semester.
Per federal guidance for the HEERF II CRRSAA student emergency funds, students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, were prioritized 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.
The eligibility criteria was set as:
- Students who had completed a financial aid file (i.e., submitted a 2020-21 FAFSA or CADAA and had submitted all verification documentation);
- Students who were enrolled in at least 6 units at the time the CRRSAA award was put on their 2020-21 Financial Aid Award Letter; and
- Students will had at least a $5,000 unmet financial need (unmet financial need is calculating by subtracting a student’s EFC and total financial aid award from the student’s Cost of Attendance)
Yes. The first HEERF I (CARES Act) stipulated that students had to be enrolled in at least one in-person course during Spring 2020, prior to March 13, 2020 (the date the pandemic was declared a national emergency). However, the HEERF II (CRRSAA) funds does not have the same requirement.
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.
However, in a recent webinar sponsored by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, representatives from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center indicated that tax credits and stimulus checks don’t count in public charge because they are not on-going sources of income maintenance.
No, the Shasta College Financial Aid Office used existing data from 2020-21 financial aid applications to determine eligibility.
An initial award of $371.25 per student was disbursed to 2,456 students on February 26, 2021. An additional award of $413.25 per student was disbursed on April 30, 2021 to 2,238 of the original group that was still enrolled in at least six units (at the time of awarding).
It appears as “COVD2 COVID CRRSAA Funding.”
The initial amount was disbursed on 2/26/21, with an additional award on 4/30/21.
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
Unfortunately, the CRRSAA funds designated for student emergency grants have all been awarded to students. We strongly encourage students to complete their 2020-21 financial aid file as soon as possible as other types of aid, such as federal Pell grant, is still available. If you need assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Office at the information below. You can also make an appointment with one of our Student Success Facilitators for a phone or zoom appointment online.