Covid HEERF Funds Now Available to Current Students

campusCOVID relief funds now available to all TRCC students

We are happy to announce that our current students are eligible to receive COVID relief funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that was authorized by the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Our system office, CSCU, has allocated some of these funds directly for our students in two ways:

1. For all students enrolled in for-credit programs 

CSCU plans on mailing (or direct-depositing) HEERF payments to all students enrolled in for-credit programs starting this week. Payments are expected to be between $400 and $800, with the higher payments going to students at the “double Pell” EFC level or below. CSCU is planning an additional round of payments like this in December as well. Additional information can be found at https://www.ct.edu/studentsupportprogram

2. For all students enrolled in a for-credit course or non-credit certificate/program 

Starting today, October 18, all enrolled students can apply for “emergency grants” funded with HEERF student dollars. The deadline is Monday, November 15, 2021. CSCU has set up an on-line application form where students can attest that they have an extraordinary need, identify a category for that need, and provide a brief description. This can include debt that is the result of spending for college or the costs of attendance (like transportation, housing, food, child-care, etc.) since March 2020 when the pandemic began, or debt that would have been paid off since March 2000 if not for the pandemic.

$5 million has been allocated for this. A committee has been established to review the applications and payments will be made in December. 

Additional information and links to the on-line application can be found at https://www.ct.edu/studentsupportprogram#grant. Again, the application deadline for these emergency funds is Monday, November, 15, 2021. 

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