HEERF II: CRRSAA-SAIHE
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act – Supplemental Aid to Institutions of Higher Education (CRRSAA-SAIHE) 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, and was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.
SAIHE are additional funds from the CRRSAA legislation that are specifically for institutions with high percentages of students with Pell Grant. The Department of Education approved these additional funds for Shasta College in August 2021.
In August 2021, Shasta College was allocated $2,843,442 for emergency financial aid grants to students under the HEERF II CRRSAA-SAIHE allocation.
Federal regulations require quarterly reporting for both student emergency and institutional funds. Please view Federal Reports for reports related to CRRSAA-SAIHE HEERF II funds.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
The below "Frequently Asked Questions for Students” is intended for Shasta College students.
Yes, Shasta College is working on making these funds available for students Summer 2022 and Fall 2022. The Financial Aid Office will be releasing more information soon.
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 CRRSAA-SAIHE HEERF II student emergency funds, students with exceptional need are prioritized in awarding financial aid grants to students.
Students who are identified as potentially eligible for the following types of federal and state aid for 2022-2023 are automatically awarded CRRSAA-SAIHE Emergency Student Aid funds:
- Pell grants (even if you are not eligible for the Pell grant due to your SAP or Pell LEU status, but otherwise have an EFC that would make you eligible for Pell)
- CA College Promise Grant (Part A, B, or D)
- Cal Grant B
- Cal Grant recipients who received the Students with Dependents grant
Yes, for Summer 2022, students will need to apply for funds. Starting Fall 2022, students will be automatically awarded and there will be an opportunity for applications after Census.
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 CRRSAA-SAIHE HEERF II funds do 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.
Amounts may vary depending on number of students eligible.
The award will appear on the student’s Financial Aid information (MyShasta Financial Aid – My Awards) as “COV2S – COVID CRRSAA SAIHE Student Emergency Aid.”
It appears as “COV2S – COVID CRRSAA SAIHE Student Emergency Aid.”
If you are receiving these funds, the Financial Aid Office will communicate through email when the disbursement will go out.
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
We would STRONGLY suggest you complete your 2022-2023 financial aid file as soon as possible. Not only would you be able to access CRRSAA-SAIHE Emergency Funds in Summer 2022, you may be able to access additional federal or state financial aid funds.
The CRRSAA-SAIHE legislation specifically requires campuses to pay the emergency funds directly to students, not to pay down existing balances. You may choose to use those funds to pay down your outstanding balance to campus, but that is your choice.