Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding to institutions to distribute emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted and are facing financial challenges. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) provided colleges with guidance that emergency financial aid grants under Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act may only be given to those who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Citrus College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
Citrus College received $7,429,415 in CARES Act funds. Fifty percent of the allocation, $3,714,708 was designated to assist students currently eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The other half of the funding is allocated to institutions to partially offset any allowable costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
As of October 7, 2020, Citrus College has disbursed a total of $3,610,125 in CARES Act funds in the form of emergency financial aid grants to 9,755 eligible students