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HEERF Student Emergency Funds

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

Congress created several programs within HEERF II - one of which allows Mt. SAC to offer emergency grants to students, requiring that the College prioritize students with exceptional need.  

Through the Mt. SAC Education Emergency Relief Fund Emergency Grant application, students may request a financial aid grant due to an exceptional  need as long as it is related to any component of the following:
  • Any component in your cost of attendance/re-enrollment needs; or
  • For emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
Approval and Awarding Process Details:
  • The HEERF Committee will review the application and if approved, will inform the Financial Aid Office to award and disburse grant funds.
  • Funds will be awarded and disbursed to the student's account on a weekly basis.
  • Student's can view their account on #27 of the "Student Tab", under "Self-Service" links, via the Mt. SAC student portal
  • Refunds are released by the College every Monday and take 5-10 days (on average) to reach the student’s preferred refund preference.