CRRSAA ACT

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. This fund allows SUNY Corning Community College to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

By drawing down the funds, SUNY CCC acknowledges that the institution has used, or intends to use, 100 percent of the supplemental funds received under Section 314 (a)(1) of the CRRSAA Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The Grant Award Notice was approved on Jan. 19, 2021.

SUNY CCC has received $968,724 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Supplemental Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the CRRSAA Act.
SUNY CCC has distributed the following CRRSAA Act funding to students under Section 314 (a)(1) of the CRRSAA Act.

Eligibility for HEERF II grants is prioritized to degree-seeking students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) within the range for Pell eligibility: 0-5,711.

The Base Grant for eligible full-time students is $790 and the Base Grant for eligible part-time students is $395. The final grant award amounts were determined as follows using a template provided by the State University of New York (SUNY) that takes into consideration a student's status as full or part-time and their EFC range.

Spring 2021

Eligibility

You may be eligible to receive funding if you:

  • Students must have been matriculated and registered in courses as of the census date- February 21, 2021.
  • Must have completed the 2020-2021 FAFSA application as well as all required verification paperwork, if selected for verification.
  • Student must demonstrate exceptional need, with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $0-$5,711. The EFC is the information given on the confirmation page of your FAFSA application.
  • A total of 790 students are eligible for HEERF II student aid funds.
What can the HEERF II Student Aid Funds be used for?

HEERF II student aid funds may be used by students for any component of their 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.

How much funding will I get from HEERF II Student Aid Funds?

The maximum amount awarded will depend on your 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the number of eligible students.  Please note that award amounts will vary based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and will vary from school to school based on the formulas used.  Spring 2021 HEERF II Student Aid Funds is a one-time, non-renewable award. 

Will HEERF II Student Aid Funds affect my other financial aid?

HEERF II Student Aid Funds will not affect other financial aid awarded to you.

How will I receive my HEERF II Student Aid Funds?

The HEERF II Student Aid Funds will be disbursed to the student via Bank Mobile or paper check if a student has not established an account with Bank Mobile at the time of the disbursements.   Students can “opt in” to apply all or a portion of the HEERF II Student Aid funds to their outstanding balance for Spring 2021 or previous balances owed at the college.  Included in the email notification there is a link to the ‘opt in’ form that will need to be completed to have money paid towards your bill.

Do I need to report HEERF II Student Aid Funds on my federal tax return?

HEERF II Student Aid Funds is considered a qualified disaster relief payment under section 139 of the Internal Revenue code, and thus is excluded from income. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions section of the IRS Coronavirus and Economic impact Payments: Resources and Guidance webpage.

Student Communication

Dear Student,

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, funds have been made available through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to award Higher Education Emergency Relief II (HEERF II) emergency grants to students for expenses related to the any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.

SUNY and Corning Community College has deemed you eligible to receive a Higher Education Emergency Relief II (HEERF II) emergency grant in the amount of $XXX. This is not a loan and will not need to be paid back and will not affect your financial aid award amounts for academic year 2021-2022. You must notify the Financial Aid Office (caresact@corning-cc.edu) immediately if you will not incur expenses that meet or exceed the amount of your emergency grant.

You will receive a direct payment of your HEERF II emergency grant by electronic transfer to your account via Bank Mobile.  If you have an outstanding balance at the college, instead of receiving a direct payment, you can apply all or a portion of your emergency grant to your balance at the college.  If you would like to have your emergency grant applied to your outstanding balance, please complete this Opt-In Form within 10 days.  You will need to identify how much of your grant you want applied to your account.  If not complete within 10 days, you will receive the money via the Bank Mobile process.

If you do not know what your account balance is, go to MyCCC: “Student and Financial Aid”, “Student Account”, “Account Detail by Term”.   If you have questions about how much you currently owe, please reach out to the Student Accounts Office at student-accounts@corning-cc.edu.  

We hope that the emergency grant helps you with increased expenses and will assist in decreasing financial stress.  We wish you well in the remaining weeks of the semester.

SUNY CCC

Financial Aid Office Staff

What if my emergency aid funding is not enough?  Can I appeal or request additional funding?

We are not able to accept appeals or requests for additional funding.  However, if your 2020/2021 FAFSA does not accurately reflect your or your family’s current economic situation due to a job loss or change in marital status since 2018, you may submit a Special Circumstance Appeal for your 2020/2021 FAFSA.  

Special Conditions- Dependent Students

Special Conditions- Independent Students

Have Additional Questions? 

Please email caresact@corning-cc.edu