CRRSAA (or CARES Act II)
On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) federal relief package was signed into law. Muskegon Community College was allocated $4,751,064 through CRRSAA and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). At least $1,123,675 of the total funds must be distributed as grants to students.
Similar to the CARES Act, a portion of this funding is intended to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by COVID-19. However, unlike the CARES Act, CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need. The grants may be used for any part 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 childcare.
In accordance with Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA, the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funds for students were distributed through the following process:
At the time of distribution, grants were automatically awarded to students who met the following requirements:
- Enrolled in at least one (1) contact hours for the winter 2021 semester
- Seeking a degree or certificate from MCC
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA below $5,712
And the grant amount for each student was determined by the number of contact hours the student was enrolled in. The grant amounts are outlined below.
|Contact Hours||Grant Amount|
In April and May 2021, MCC distributed an additional $121,375 to 454 qualified students through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The funds were disbursed through a request process in which students identified factors that demonstrated exceptional financial need related to the pandemic. The individual awards ranged between $125 and $500.
The remaining $582,900 in CRRSAA HEERF II funds were added to the $4,247,002 in ARP HEERF III student funds for future disbursement.
The following reporting is in compliance with Section 18004(e) of the CRRSAA HEERF funds, and provides transparency related to the funding and disbursements. Beginning with the June 30, 2021 Institutional Reporting, all HEERF grants were combined under one report and can be found at https://www.muskegoncc.edu/coronavirus/arp-at-mcc/.