Financial Aid at Iowa Central
COVID-19 Emergency Grant

COVID-19 Emergency Grant

Iowa Central received a limited amount of Higher Education Emergency Relief funding granted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding provides cash grants to students to be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The grants can be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Iowa Central Community College signed and returned the certification and agreement form and the institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

The institution received a total of $1,526,599.00 of student funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) on 4/20/2020.

Of the above funds, a total of $719,045.00 has been awarded to 615 students in the first 30 days (5/19/2020) of the funds being available to the institution.

  • As of 7/3/2020, a total of $976,710 has been awarded to 799 students.
  • As of 8/17/2020, a total of $1,034,210 has been awarded to 839 students.
  • As of 10/7/2020, a total of $1,517,990 has been awarded to 1,549 students.
  • As of 10/30/2020, a total of $1,526,599 has been awarded to 1,214 students. This quarterly posting is the final report that covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds.

The estimated total number of students at Iowa Central eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore may be potentially eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant is 2,127.

Students must apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant by completing the electronic application available on the Iowa Central homepage. The application informs students that funds can be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Students must certify they have a financial need related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, indicate what their financial need is, explain how COVID-19 has impacted them and why they need the funds; and the dollar amount needed. Students are informed they must complete a FAFSA. This is the only practicable way for Iowa Central to determine students meet the criteria to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA of 1965. Students are informed the funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

A committee reviews applications regularly. A maximum award amount of $2,000 has been established for full-time students and is prorated based on enrollment status. Students may be awarded their requested amount or up to the maximum amount.

Students were notified of the COVID-19 Emergency Grant application by email. Students who are approved for the grant receive an email notifying them of the approval and instructions on how to view their grant on TritonPass. Students who are not approved receive an email notifying them of the denial and the reason the grant was not approved.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSA) which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, provides funds to institutions of higher education. Half of Iowa Central’s allocation of funds will be awarded directly to students in the form of emergency grants.
These emergency grants are to be used to assist with 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.

Funds are awarded to students who:

  • Are enrolled in a degree seeking program during the 2021 Spring term
  • Are US citizens or eligible noncitizens
  • Have completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA with a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number

Awards are prioritized to students with the highest need. Iowa Central has determined students who are Pell eligible based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA (EFC of $0-$5,711) have the highest need. Award amounts are pro-rated based on the student’s enrollment status.
Grants will be awarded as followed:

EFC $0-$5711 (highest need students)  
12 or more credits $800.00
9-11 credits $600.00
6-8 credits $400.00
5 or less credits $200.00
   
EFC Greater than $5711  
12 or more credits $500.00
9-11 credits $375.00
6-8 credits $250.00
5 or less credits $125.00

An email will be sent to the student’s Iowa Central email address upon being awarded an emergency grant. Emergency grant funds will be refunded directly to students, however students will have the option to opt in to allow Iowa Central to apply the emergency grant funds directly to current outstanding charges at Iowa Central. Students may opt in on WebAdvisor or by clicking the direct link in the email they receive. Refunds are issued every Friday for funds that disburse as of the previous Monday.

Students may sign up for direct deposit of student refunds online in WebAdvisor. Students who do not sign up for direct deposit will receive a refund check. Checks are available for off campus students to pick up between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the Business Office. Checks are mailed at 2:00 PM. Checks are mailed to students living on campus at 8:00 AM.

This is a one-time grant that does not need to be repaid and will not impact a student’s financial aid in any way.

HEERF II Summer Awards


Funds are awarded to students who:

  • Are enrolled in a degree seeking program during the 2021 Summer Term
  • Are US citizens or eligible noncitizens
  • Have completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA with a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number

Awards are prioritized to students with the highest need. Iowa Central has determined students who are Pell eligible based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA (EFC of $0-$5,711) have the highest need. Award amounts are pro-rated based on the student’s enrollment status.

Grants will be awarded as followed:

EFC $0-$5711 $350.00
5712-5987 $165.00
5788-9999 $164.00
Greater than 10,000 $160.00

An email will be sent to the student’s Iowa Central email address upon being awarded an emergency grant. Emergency grant funds will be refunded directly to students. Refunds are issued every Friday for funds that disburse as of the previous Monday.

Students who did not sign up for direct deposit will receive a refund check. Checks are available for off campus students to pick up between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the Business Office. Checks are mailed at 2:00 PM. Checks are mailed to students living on campus at 8:00 AM.

This is a one-time grant that does not need to be repaid and will not impact a student’s financial aid in any way.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) authorized by the American Rescue Plan which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides funds to institutions of higher education. Half of Iowa Central’s allocation of funds will be awarded directly to students in the form of emergency grants.
These emergency grants are to be used to assist with 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.
Funds are awarded to students who:

  • Are enrolled in a degree seeking program during the 2021 Fall Term
  • Are US citizens, eligible noncitizens or eligible residents
  • Have completed a 2021-2022 FAFSA with a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number
  • Eligible Non-FAFSA filers who are enrolled in an Eligible Program for the 2021 Fall Term

Awards are prioritized to students with the highest need. Iowa Central has determined students who are Pell eligible based on the 2021-2022 FAFSA (EFC of $0-$5,846) have the highest need. Award amounts are pro-rated based on the student’s enrollment status.

Grants will be awarded as followed:

EFC $0-$5846 (highest need students)  
12 or more credits $2000.00
9-11 credits $1000.00
6-8 credits $500.00
5 or less credits $250.00
   
EFC Greater than $5846 or no EFC  
12 or more credits $1000.00
9-11 credits $800.00
6-8 credits $250.00
5 or less credits $125.00

An email will be sent to the student’s Iowa Central email address upon being awarded an emergency grant. Emergency grant funds will be refunded directly to students; however, students will have the option to opt in to allow Iowa Central to apply the emergency grant funds directly to current outstanding charges at Iowa Central. Students may opt in on WebAdvisor or by clicking the direct link in the email they receive. This is a one-time election and it cannot be changed. ┬áRefunds are issued every Friday for funds that disburse as of the previous Monday.

Students may sign up for direct deposit of student refunds online in WebAdvisor. Students who do not sign up for direct deposit will receive a refund check. Checks are available for off campus students to pick up between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the Business Office. Checks are mailed at 2:00 PM. Checks are mailed to students living on campus at 8:00 AM.

This is a one-time grant that does not need to be repaid and will not impact a student’s financial aid in any way.

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