COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Updates : Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) II and III
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II and III (HEERF II and HEERF III) provide funding to institutions of higher education to support college students with direct emergency cash grants in cases where student's lives and educations have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Northcentral Technical College received $741,189 in HEERF II funding and $3,597,609 in HEERF III funding to provide direct relief to help qualifying students impacted by COVID. These emergency assistance grants will be funded 100% with Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding; no College resources will be used.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is HEERF?
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II and III (HEERF II and III) provide funding to institutions of higher education to assist students affected by the coronavirus (COVID) outbreak that have incurred expenses related to the impact of COVID. Eligible emergency expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health care), tuition, or childcare.
Does HEERF emergency assistance funding need to be repaid?
No, HEERF emergency assistance funding is federal grant assistance that does not need to be repaid, and is not subject to federal taxes.
Am I eligible for HEERF funds?
You may be eligible for HEERF funding if you are enrolled in the Fall 2021 term. Students may not apply until their classes are in progress.
Students must be actively enrolled in college-level credit for the semester for which they are requesting assistance. Students uncertain of their enrollment status should contact their Student Success Advisor.
Based on the U.S. Department of Education’s current guidance, NTC is utilizing HEERF funds to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. Funds are limited, and selected students may receive only a portion of their unmet need or emergency costs.
Students whose enrollment is part of continuing education and dual credit coursework or contract training through NTC Workforce Training & Professional Development are excluded and do not qualify.
HEERF Citizenship Requirements
There are currently no citizenship requirements in order to qualify for HEERF funding.
How will HEERF funds be distributed?
The HEERF funds will be distributed to students in a number of ways:
Phase One Block Grants (automatically disbursed with your financial aid)
Pell Grant eligible students will be identified and block grants determined based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the student’s FAFSA. Block grant calculation is determined as a percentage of the spring Pell Grant award or potential Pell amount for students not receiving financial aid but enrolled in a program.
10% of fall 2021 Pell Grant (based on Financial Aid EFC) awarded for eligible students as defined above:
- $325 maximum; $100 minimum
These block grants must be used for emergency costs that arise due to COVID including:
- course materials
- health care (including mental health care)
*The grant may be used to satisfy a student’s outstanding balance provided the student gives written consent.
Receipt of the financial aid grant is not a condition of future enrollment.
Phase Two (application required)
Students who have exceptional need beyond emergency aid received through block grants or eligible students with exceptional need who did not receive a block grant, can apply for Phase Two funding by completing an online application, which can be found in your myNTC account under “Billing & Financial Aid.”
Each application will be assessed on the funding categories listed above and need levels. Awards are based on the requested amount but are capped by category and in total to assist as many students as possible. High need students will be prioritized. Though students are required to affirm that these costs are accurate and related to COVID, NTC reserves the right to deny requests that appear inaccurately high or false.
HEERF emergency assistance funds will be added as a credit to the student’s NTC account, which will be refunded via BankMobile Disbursements.
These emergency funds may also be used to satisfy a student’s outstanding tuition balance provided the student gives consent. To request tuition funding to be directly applied to your NTC account balance, please complete the HEERF Tuition Assistance link.
Will a HEERF award affect my financial aid or scholarships?
No, a HEERF award does not affect your financial aid or scholarships.
I am a Virtual College student. Will I receive a HEERF grant?
The HEERF authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education. Virtual college students may be eligible for funds if meeting eligibility requirements.
How will I receive HEERF Funds?
HEERF emergency assistance funds will be added as a credit to your student account, which will be refunded via BankMobile Disbursements. These emergency funds can also be used to satisfy a student’s outstanding tuition balance provided the student gives consent in the HEERF application request form.
How do I make a BankMobile Disbursements refund selection?
You can make a BankMobile Disbursements refund selection by following the steps below.
- Log in to MyNTC
- Click on Billing and Financial Aid MenuSelect BankMobile Disbursements Sign-On
- Select Make Your Initial Refund Selection
- Select how you want your money delivered