Federal CARES Act Emergency Grants

January 28, 2021

The federal government has passed a second HEERF stimulus bill that includes additional emergency grants for students. SBCC expects to receive this money (approximately $2.8 million) in late February. In the interim, the CARES Committee will develop an application for students (similar to the one used in the last 2 rounds of funding) and send announcements regarding due dates via SBCC Pipeline accounts and social media.

Stay Safe,

The CARES Committee

Report and Disclosure

 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students -
Santa Barbara City College
Quarterly Report and Disclosure
October 30, 2020

Santa Barbara City College acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 17, 2020, and gives the assurance that SBCC has used all money of the funds drawn-down to date under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Grants to students. 

  1. The total amount of funds SBCC awarded was $2,883,174 from the U.S. Department of Education. 
  2. A supplemental amount of CARES Emergency Financial Aid Grants in the amount of $387,524 was awarded in recognition of its status as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).
  3. The First Round of awarding is described below. 
  4. A second round of awarding was made after the California Community College Chancellor's Office successfully challenged the US Department of Education's interpretation of an eligible student.  Using the original 2500 applications, an approximately 600 additional students received $1,000 CARES Emergency Grants using the following criteria:  A degree-seeking student (i.e.  Associate, Certificate or Transfer, hybrid or face-to-face program) and enrolled at least half-time (6+ units). 
  5. The total number of student grants disbursed to date is $2,000,000.
  6. A new CARES Application closed on Friday, October 23, 2020.  Applicants will be selected and funds released by mid-November 2020.
  7. There is approximately $1,200,000 remaining to be awarded.
  8. The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by SBCC to all students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants was sent via College email, published on the College website, and  announced on the SBCC Pipeline Student Portal as well as social media.  Copies of correspondence (available in English and Spanish) is available on the SBCC Public Information website. 

 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
Emergency Financial Institutional Grants -
Santa Barbara City College
Quarterly Report and Disclosure
October 30, 2020

Please link to HEERF Reporting Emergency Financial Institutional Grants for disclosure on how SBCC utilized the institutional portion of the CARES Act for higher education institutions.

 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students -
Santa Barbara City College
30-Day Report and Disclosure
June 15, 2020

Santa Barbara City College acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 17, 2020, and gives the assurance that SBCC has used all money of the funds drawn-down to date under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Grants to students. 

  1. The total amount of funds SBCC was awarded was $2,883,174 from the U.S. Department of Education. 
  2. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 12, 2020, is $1,979,500.
  3. SBCC created an application (in English and Spanish) to determine eligibility for these emergency funds. Just over 2500 students applied for the funds.  All applicants who met eligibility requirements to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act was approximately 1,400. 
  4. These 1,400 students received a CARES Emergency Grant of $1,000 each on 5/15/2020.
  5. The methods used to determine which students received CARES Act Emergency Grants were as follows -
    • A degree-seeking student (i.e.  Associate, Certificate or Transfer, hybrid or face-to-face program).
    • Eligible for funding under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. 
    • Maximum total award per student is $1,000 (based on estimate of one month's living expenses).
    • Enrolled at least half-time (6+ units).
    • While there was prioritization built into the application, none was needed due to the size of the applicant pool.  
  1. The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by SBCC to all students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants was sent via College email, published on the College website, and was announced on the SBCC Pipeline Student Portal as well as social media.  Copies of correspondence (available in English and Spanish) is available on the SBCC Public Information website. 
  2. Remaining CARES Act Emergency Grants will be made available in Fall 2020.  No further action will take place during summer enrollment.