On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Pub. L. 117-2). The ARP appropriated approximately $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for HEERF to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. Taken together, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Pub. L. 116–136), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260), and the ARP represent HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III, respectively.
Students who are or were enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 are eligible for emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF, regardless of whether they completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or are eligible for Title IV. Tacoma Community College is required to prioritize students with exceptional need.
Emergency financial aid grants may be used by students for any component of their 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 determine how they may use their emergency financial aid grant within the allowable uses.
Tacoma Community College Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding and Reporting
HEERF I, II and III Student Aid
Tacoma Community College acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement, and gives the assurance that Tacoma Community College intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under HEERF I, II, and III emergency relief funds to students.
Tacoma Community College is required to provide regular reporting to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on the use of funds authorized by the CARES Act. Funds received by TCC under the CARES Act were authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020. The information noted below is intended to not only meet the reporting requirements of the CARES Act but also provide information to our college community regarding TCC’s use of the student grant portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
Tacoma Community College has been awarded $10,545,172 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The College has estimated that 6,000 students may be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants from Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding HEERF I, HEERF II and HEERF III, respectively.
Funds distributed to students to date
|Quarter Ended||Amount Distributed||Number of Students Awarded|
|June 30, 2020||$961,610||1,103|
|September 30, 2020||541,113||596|
|December 31, 2020||575,442||661|
|March 31, 2021||10,000||10|
|June 30, 2021||1,507,500||1,568|
|September 30, 2021||179,394||511|
|December 31, 2021||3,166,299||1,745|
|March 31, 2022||988,545||726|
|June 30, 2022||2,783,792||1,833|
|September 30, 2022||4,199||6|
|December 31, 2022||15,780||20|
|March 31, 2023||195,751||517|
|June 30, 2023||54,396||33|
In order to distribute funds quickly, a standard grant of $2,000 was awarded to those students with the greatest financial need.
Automatic disbursements were prioritized as follows:
Tier 1: Homeless students or students at risk of Homelessness
Tier 2: Pell Grant eligible students
Tier 3: Other students who applied for funds
HEERF I, II, III (a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(3) Institutional Portion
Tacoma Community College has been awarded $14,419,089 in HEERF Institutional funding, including $507,006 as part of the Strengthening Institutions program.
- 9-30-20 - CARES I (PDF)
- 12-31-20 - CARES I (PDF)
- 3-30-21 - CARES I (PDF)
- 6-30-21 - CARES I (PDF)
- 3-30-21 - CARES II (PDF)
- 6-30-21 - CARES II (PDF)
- 9-30-21 (PDF)
- 12-31-21 (PDF)
Current CARES Information
Please view this page for the most current information about CARES funding.
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