Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

In late March, 2020 federal legislation was passed to provide economic relief to individuals and organizations dealing with the ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This legislation-titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) established a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for colleges and universities in the United States.

Two additional bills were also enacted to provide supplemental HEERF funds and ensure learning continued for students during the COVID-19 pandemic: HEERF II through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (or CRRSAA) in December 2020 and HEERF III through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in March  2021.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students Anoka Technical College has received funding from each of the HEERF programs to support continued delivery of classes and emergency financial aid grants to students. A description of these HEERF awards and the support available to students can be found by accessing the reports listed below. Note to students: If you need additional financial support, funds are also available through the Anoka Tech Cares grant program. To apply, click on the application link.  

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting for Anoka Technical College

HEERF I, II and III -- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

HEERF I - CARES Act Reporting

HEERF II - CRRSSA  Reporting

HEERF III - ARP  Reporting

HEERF I, II and III -- Institutional and SIP Funds (CARES Act, CRRSAA and ARPA)

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds - Quarter 1,  September 2020

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds - Quarter 2, December 2020

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds- Quarter 3, March 2021

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds Quarter 4, June 2021

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds Quarter 1, September 2021

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds - Quarter Ended 12/31/2021

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds - Quarter Ended 3/31/2022

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds - Quarter Ended 6/30/2022

HEERF Institutional and SIP Funds - Quarter Ended 6/30/2022 - REVISED

HEERF I - CARES Act Reporting (Student Portion)

In late March, 2020 federal legislation was passed to provide economic relief to individuals and organizations dealing with the ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This legislation-titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) established a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for colleges and universities in the United States. The following information is provided by Anoka Technical College in response to the Department of Education's reporting requirements. 

1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or 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.

Anoka Technical College signed and submitted the Certificate and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 14, 2020. Anoka Technical College has used and plans to use at least 50% of the total allocation for student emergency funds.

2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

On April 14, Anoka Tech signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement to receive $554,380 in funding that will be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. 

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter, changed to quarterly reporting beginning on September 30, 2020).

  • $386,876 as of May 21, 2020
  • $416,876 as of July 1, 2020
  • $429,876 as of August 14, 2020
  • $486,676 as of October 29, 2020
  • $499,604 as of December 31, 2020
  • $554,380 as of March 31, 2021

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible 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 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 

For awarding starting in fall term (2020-21 school year), this is calculated by adding the number of enrolled students for whom the institution has received an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) plus the number of students who completed an alternative application form and certified Title IV aid eligibility.

Based on student eligibility as initially defined in item 6, Anoka Tech identified 1,543 students as eligible for funds as part of the original distribution on May 5. 

For the academic year 2020-21, using the calculation listed above, Anoka Tech identified 1,543 enrolled students as eligible for funds.

Based on the expanded use of funds authority under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental ACT (CRRSAA), the pool of eligible students expanded to include all enrolled students except DACA/DREAM Act student and International Students with an FYI VISA status in SEVIS. As of the spring 2021 term, Anoka Tech identified XXXXX eligible students.

5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

1,543 students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants as part of the original distribution on May 5. 

Additional distributions were made to students for emergency grants through application, and:

  • 112 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of July 5, 2020
  • 135 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of August 18, 2020
  • 147 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of October 1, 2020
  • 245 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of December 31, 2020
  • 271 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of March 31, 2021

6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The CARES Act directed that 50% of HEERF money must go toward emergency student financial assistance for expenses related to shifting from in-person to remote instruction. Eligibility requirements for this emergency assistance at the time of Anoka Technical College's initial distribution included enrollment in courses that were:

  • In-person, face-to-face instruction (i.e. "ground-based" in federal terminology)
  • Credit-earning (not an audited course)
  • Semester-based
  • Continued through or started on or after the first Monday of Spring Break

To be eligible, students also could not have dropped, withdrawn, or had a Last Day of Attendance before March 13, 2020. Various restrictions on the use of these funds were established in the CARES Act and through regulatory direction from the federal Department of Education. These restrictions mean that several categories of students cannot receive emergency financial assistance, including:

  • Current high school students (PSEO/Concurrent)
  • Senior citizens who already receive a tuition discount
  • DACA/DREAM Act Students
  • Students with Employer-Paid Tuition (EPT) including tuition waivers
  • Incarcerated students
  • International students with an F1 Visa status in SEVIS

Initial Distribution
Anoka Tech issued emergency student financial assistance payments to eligible students on May 5, 2020 based on the criteria above. All students meeting the above criteria received a $131 CARES Base Award to help defray the cost of moving to remote instruction (e.g. internet and modem costs). All eligible students who received a Federal Pell Grant received an additional $269 CARES Supplemental Award.

Emergency Grants by Application
After the initial disbursement on May 5, 2020 students were encouraged to apply for funds through the existing Anoka Technical College Emergency Grant Funds application process. Applications are reviewed for HEERF-allowable expenses, and students are confirmed to be Title-IV eligible.    

Additional awards were made through the emergency grant application process.

Initially, student emergency grants of up to $500 were available with the ability to reapply every 30 days for a maximum total of $1,000 per student, as funds were available. [LH1]. Students attending more than one Minnesota State college or university could only receive a CARES Base Award from one school.

Starting for the Spring 2021 term, the maximum emergency grant was $500 with a total of $1,000 per student. Based on the updated criteria, 271 students were able to get emergency grant awards from through the student portion of the funding. Additional students are being funded through the institutional portion which can be found on the institutional funds quarterly report.

If additional financial support is needed, funds are available through the Anoka Technical College Cares grant program. To apply, click on the application link.  

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

There will be future communications going to students about the Anoka Technical College Cares Grant Emergency Funds.  

HEERF II - CRRSSA Reporting (Student Portion)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSSA), was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. This legislation provided supplemental funding to the HEERF I CARES Act awards to colleges and universities in the United States to ensure learning continued for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following information is provided by Anoka Technical College in response to the Department of Education's reporting requirements.

1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Anoka Tech signed and submitted the Certificate and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the HEERF I - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 13, 2020 which included assurances to use at least 50% of the total CARES Act allocation for student emergency funds.

On Feb. 1, 2021, Anoka Tech received notification of  a supplemental HEERF II award through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, but as a recipient of HEERF I - CARES Act funding, was not required to submit a certification agreement for the HEERF II award. Anoka Technical College intends to use the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSSA program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.  

2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSSA program.

Anoka Technical College received $554,380 in funding for emergency financial assistance for students with exceptional need.

Anoka Technical College has also committed to spending $550,000 of the institutional portion of the funding, to provide a total of $1,104,380 in funds for student financial assistance.  

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA and program as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter). 

$53640054,380 as of June 30, 2021 ($554,380 student portion and $0 institutional portion) 
$862,140 as of September 30, 2021 ($549,190 student portion and $312,950 institutional portion) 
$863,400 as of December 31, 2021 ($550,450 student portion and $312,950 institutional portion)

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA program.

Based on the expanded use of funds authority under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental ACT (CRRSAA), the pool of eligible students expanded to include all enrolled students except DACA/DREAM Act student and International Students with an FYI VISA status in SEVIS. As of the spring 2021 term, Anoka Technical College identified 1,463  eligible students. As of June 30, 2021, 449 students are enrolled for the summer 2021 term and may be grant eligible.

5. The total number of students who have received an Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA program.

As part of the original distribution on April 6, 2021:

  • 952 students received Financial Aid Grants funded through the Student portion of CRRSSA funding as of September 30, 2021.

The Institutional portion was also used to make additional distributions to students for emergency grants through application, and:

  • 590  students were awarded emergency grants through application as of June 30, 2021
  • 590 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of September 30, 2021
  • 598 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of December 31, 2021

6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA program.

Anoka Tech will distribute these funds through two awarding methods:

  • Direct payment CRRSA Awards for Pell and State Grant eligible students based on the students 2020-21 FAFSA results
  • Emergency funds by application

Anoka Technical College defined students with exceptional need as having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on their 2020-21 FAFSA that would make them eligible for a Federal Pell Grant or Minnesota State Grant. Pell Grant recipients were identified by the U.S. Department of Education as a priority group for exceptional need. We are also including Minnesota State Grant recipients, as they are students from low- and moderate- income families determined through criteria by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Approval of the spending plan was given both by student leaders and the Minnesota State Chancellor's Office.   

Students who were enrolled for the spring 2021 term and met this qualification were given a direct payment of $400 on Tuesday, April 6.  This direct payment is to cover the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. All payments were sent directly to students by check or direct deposit. For students whose emergency expenses include an unpaid tuition or fees balance, they were given instruction on how to make payment to Normandale.

Based on regulatory direction from the federal Department of Education, students who are either on DACA or Dream Act eligible, as well as International students with an F1 VISA status in SEVIS are not eligible for CRRSAA funding. However, they may apply for institutional emergency grant funding through the Anoka Technical College Cares Emergency Grant application.

Concurrent high school students and students enrolled entirely non-credit courses (continuing education) are not eligible for emergency funding.

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. 

For students who were not eligible based on the 2020-21 FAFSA results but have had a change of income, they were encouraged to complete the COVID-19 special circumstance form. This allows consideration for financial aid based on 2020 income/unemployment, rather than the 2018 information entered on the 2020-21 FAFSA. This was one portion of our effort to meet the requirements of the American Rescue Plan requirement that we conduct outreach to students who may have had a change of income.  

HEERF III - ARP Reporting (Student Portion)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following information is provided by Anoka Technical College in response to the Department of Education's reporting requirements.

1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the ARP program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Anoka Technical College signed and submitted the Certificate and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the HEERF I - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 13, 2020 which included assurances to use at least 50% of the total CARES Act allocation for student emergency funds.

Anoka Tech has received notification of  a supplemental HEERF III award through the American Rescue Plan Act, but as a recipient of HEERF I - CARES Act funding, was not required to submit a certification agreement for the HEERF III award. Anoka Technical College intends to use the applicable amount of funds designated under the ARP program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.  

2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the ARP program.

On May 13, 2021, Anoka Tech was notified of a supplemental HEERF III award from the American Rescue Plan Act in the amount of $ $1,934,236 for emergency financial aid grants to students.   

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the ARP program as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).

No HEERF III - EERF ARP funded emergency financial aid grants have been distributed to students as of June 30, 2021.  

4. The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the ARP program.

Based on the expanded use of funds authority under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental ACT (CRRSAA), the pool of eligible students expanded to include all enrolled students except DACA/DREAM Act student and International Students with an FYI VISA status in SEVIS. 

Based on the expanded use of funds authority under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the pool of eligible students has been expanded to include any student who was enrolled on or after March 13, 2020. Anoka Technical College will continue to award to students who are enrolled for the current term. As of October 1, 2021, there are 1,587 students who could be considered eligible.

5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the ARP program.

As part of the original distribution on November 3,2021:
1572 students received a distribution in the amount of $325
614 students received a supplemental distribution in the amount of $625

The student portion was also used to make distributions to student for emergency grants through application, and:

0 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of June 30, 2021
0 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of September 30, 2021
127 students were awarded emergency grants through application as of December 31, 2021

6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the ARP program.

Anoka Technical College prioritized distributing funds to support students with exceptional financial need by allocating funds to student through the following methods. 

ARP Direct Grant Awards Base Award: Degree seeking students enrolled for one or more credits during summer received a $400 grant award to assist with the additional internet and technology expenses incurred for online classes. 
Supplemental Award: Degree seeking students enrolled for at least one credit during summer who either submitted a Dream Act application or a FAFSA that resulted in an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) value at or below $10,000 received an additional $625 grant disbursement. 
ARP Emergency Application Grant Awards: Eligible students can submit an online application to request up to $1,000 (Without documentation)/$2,000 (with documentation) to cover any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Students can also request the funds to go towards an outstanding balance owed to Anoka Technical College for the term. 

Eligible students can request up to $1,00 in an ARP emergency grant award. Student eligibility requirements for a need-based ARP Emergency Grant include: 

  • Enrollment in at least one or more credits at Anoka Technical College in the semester for which the student is requesting the grant. 
  • Need for assistance with expenses related to the impact of COVID-19. 

Students who fall under any one of the following criteria, are not eligible for any ARP Grant Awards:

  • High school students (including PSEO and concurrent enrollment)
  • Employees of MN State using their tuition benefits to pay for their own classes 
  • Students that received the senior citizen discount.

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

All students eligible for the Direct or supplemental Grant award received an email at their Anoka Technical College and personal email address on November 1, 2021, informing them of their eligibility. Students that had not set up their refund preference (direct deposit or check) were given instructions on how to set that up. Students who completed an application for the Emergency Grant funds were notified of their application status through the email address the student provided on their application on the date their application was reviewed. All grant payments were released to students through the refund preference the student set up within their student account. If the student selected direct deposit to another bank account, the grant funds would have been available within approximately 2 business days. Students who opted for paper checks would have received them within 7-10 days of the disbursement date. 

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