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CRRSAA (HEERF II) Information

June 11, 2021 Update

The ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to create enormous challenges for educational institutions throughout the country. Effectively responding to the Coronavirus threat and keeping staff and students safe while preserving the learning environment imposes additional costs to both institutions and students.

On January 14, 2021, YCST received $350,014 under Section 134(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), Pub. L. No. 116-260 (December 27, 2020). Under Section 314(d)(5), institutions must use at least the same amount of funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to students as was required under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion. York County School of Technology has received a total of $973,704 in combined CRRSAA and ARP funding allocations.

As a result, the Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology has been allocated $311,846 in emergency student aid from the American Rescue Plan. This aid will be awarded as Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III grants. HEERF III provides emergency funding to educational institutions to assist students in need during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Adult & Continuing Education Center has established the ARP-HEERF III Emergency Relief Fund to distribute grants to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (i.e., food, housing and utilities, health insurance including mental health care, transportation, or childcare) or for emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus.

  • Funds may be used for costs incurred on or after March 13, 2020.
  • Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arrive due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental health), or child care.
  • The ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive federal Pell grants, and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.
  • Students must be enrolled during the Spring 2021 term in an academic/technical program approved to participate in Title IV programs.

Additionally, as with the CRRSAA, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need when awarding HEERF III grants, such as students who receive Pell grants. The York County School of Technology has defined exceptional need for the purpose of these funds based on two populations:

  • First – Federal Pell Grant-eligible students
  • Second – All other students may be determined to have exceptional need based on the nature of their emergency student aid application.

During the first quarter of 2021 (1/1/21-3/31/21), the Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology distributed the second round of Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) Grant funds. In this second distribution of emergency grant funds, which occurred in April 2021, 131 Adult Education students received an average of

$900 in federal grant funds. These distributions are needs based, so students received between $650 to

$1,150 based upon their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in addition to financial needs as noted on the CRRSAA application.

The School used the schedule below for distribution of funds, based on each student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as a result of their FAFSA. The School selected this tiered approach to provide more substantial award amounts to students and families who are most in need, while also providing emergency grants to those students with higher EFCs.

EFC: $0

$ 1,150

52 recipients

EFC: $1 - $5711

$ 900

23 recipients

EFC: $5712 +

$ 650

55 recipients


Disbursement Summary - CRRSAA HEERF II/ARP HEERF III

Postsecondary Student Awards: 131

Total Award Dollars Distributed $116,900 CARES ACT HEERF 1: $8,346 CRRSAA HEERF II: $108,554

ARP HEERF III: $0

Average Award per Student: $900

Remaining Student Emergency Financial Grant Funds: CARES ACT HEERF I: $0

CRRSAA HEERF II: $5.958

ARP HEERF III: $311,846

This is the final quarterly posting for CARES Act/HEERF I - All HEERF I Student Portion Funds are expended and no additional quarterly reporting is required.

York County School of Technology anticipates disbursement of remaining CRRSAA HEERF II Student Emergency Financial Grant funds and ARP HEERF III Student Emergency Financial Grant funds during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Communication with Students: All students enrolled in Title IV-eligible programs received a CRRSAA Funding Letter as well as a CRRSAA Student Emergency Financial Grant Application (attachment.)



April 21, 2021 Update


CRRSAA Student Emergency Funds Distributed

The Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology distributed the second round of Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) Grant funds in April 2021. In this second distribution of emergency grant funds, 131 Adult Education students received an average of $900 in federal grant funds. These distributions are needs based so students received between $650 to $1,150 based upon their household income, household size, and additional needs as noted.

The terms of the grant restrict funding to ADULT STUDENTS ONLY in Title IV-eligible programs including Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Dental Assistant, HVAC, Mechatronics, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Practical Nursing, and Welding Technology.  

Summary Data

Postsecondary Student Awards: 131

Total Award Dollars Distributed $116,900

CARES ACT HEERF 1:  $8,346

CRRSAA HEERF II:  $108,554

Average Award per Student: $900


March 4, 2021

Dear Student,

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this challenging time.

The ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to create enormous challenges for educational institutions throughout the country. Effectively responding to the coronavirus threat and keeping staff and students safe while preserving the learning environment imposes additional costs to both institutions and students.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was enacted by Congress on December 27, 2020. As a result, the Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology has been allocated $102,596 in emergency student aid. This aid will be awarded as Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II grants. HEERF II provides emergency funding to educational institutions to assist students in need during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, this funding was known as the CARES Act Funding.

The Adult & Continuing Education Center has established the HEERF II CRRSAA Emergency Relief Fund to distribute grants to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (i.e., food, housing and utilities, health insurance including mental health care, transportation, or childcare) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

  • Funds may be used for costs incurred on or after December 27, 2020.
  • Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arrive due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental health), or child care.
  • Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSSA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive federal Pell grants, and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.
  • Students must be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen.
  • Students must be enrolled in an academic/technical program approved to participate in Title IV programs.

Students who are enrolled in the Spring 2021 term and meet the following criteria may be considered for these funds:

  • Enrolled in an academic/technical program approved to participate in Title IV programs.
  • Have a 20-21 FAFSA or 21-22 FAFSA on file with York County School of Technology indicating they meet the citizenship requirements.

Additionally, unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSSA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need when awarding HEERF II grants, such as students who receive Pell grants. The York County School of Technology has defined exceptional need for the purpose of these funds based on two populations:

  • FirstFederal Pell Grant-eligible students
  • SecondAll other Title IV eligible students may be determined to have exceptional need based on the nature of their emergency student aid application.

In order to process CRRSSA funding assistance for students, we ask that all students complete the attached application and return it to the school no later than March 31, 2021. Only active students who are currently enrolled in an academic program approved to participate in Title IV programs during the Spring 2021 term and are in good standing will be eligible to receive a grant. Once we have received your application, our financial staff will begin processing funds for eligible students. You may return the completed application via email or US mail to the addresses below:

Mail:      York County School of Technology
             Adult
Education 2179 S. Queen St.
            
York, PA 17402

Email:    dhumer@ytech.edu

Please let us know if you have any questions.

The Adult & Continuing Education Center Team