Federal CARES Act Emergency Grants

Report and Disclosure

Summer 2021 FEDERAL HEERF/CARES EMERGENCY GRANTS

August 1, 2021

140 students received a summer 2021 Federal HEERF/CARES Emergency Grant ranging from $500 to $3,000. All recipients have been notified via email.  The total amount disbursed was $282,832.

Awarding for Summer HEERF/CARES Emergency Grants was wrapped into the application for several emergency funds, including the California Disaster Relief Fund, the California Emergency Assistance Grant to Low Income Students and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) funds that we used as emergency relief.

The total amount of summer emergency relief from all these sources (including HEERF/CARES) was approximately $1.5 million to over 950 students.

To be eligible for these funds:

  • You must have applied for this grant to be eligible (see notification regarding application by scrolling below).
  • You must have been currently enrolled at SBCC
  • All applications were carefully considered and all students who met minimum qualifications were awarded emergency grants from these funds. 

Questions can be sent to the SBCC Cares at caresact@sbcc.edu.  Communication should include a student's SBCC K# (preferably in the subject line with your first and last name).  Given the high volume of emails, please understand that an immediate response may not be possible.

 

 

Previous Semester Reports and Disclosures

  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
    Santa Barbara City College

    HEERF Reporting Emergency Financial Institutional Grants requires quarterly reporting on how SBCC utilized the institutional portion of HEERF I, II and III monies. Please click on the link below to access this report.

    Quarterly Report and Disclosure

  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
    Santa Barbara City College

    HEERF Reporting Emergency Financial Institutional Grants requires quarterly reporting on how SBCC utilized the institutional portion of HEERF I, II and III monies. Please click on the link below to access this report.

    Quarterly Report and Disclosure

  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
    Santa Barbara City College

    HEERF Reporting Emergency Financial Institutional Grants requires quarterly reporting on how SBCC utilized the institutional portion of HEERF I, II and III monies. Please click on the link below to access this report.

    Quarterly Report and Disclosure

  • 2560 students received a Spring 2021 Federal HEERF/CARES Emergency Grant ranging from $500 to $1,200. All recipients have been notified via email.  The total amount disbursed was $2,775,100.

    • You must have applied for this grant to be eligible (see notification regarding application by scrolling below).
    • You must be a currently enrolled SBCC student to receive this grant. 
    • All applications were carefully considered and all students who met minimum qualifications were awarded this emergency grant from the federal government. 

    Students can see their award by reviewing your 20-21 financial aid award letter in your SBCC Pipeline account. Students awarded this money will received their disbursement via direct deposit (if they signed up for this option) or by the US Postal Service beginning Friday, March 12 (note this is the day went in the mail, so please allow time for USPS to deliver the check).

    Questions can be sent to the SBCC Cares at caresact@sbcc.edu.  Communication should include a student's SBCC K# (preferably in the subject line with your first and last name).  Given the high volume of emails, please understand that an immediate response may not be possible.

  • 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

  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
    Santa Barbara City College

    HEERF Reporting Emergency Financial Institutional Grants requires a quarterly reporting on how SBCC utilized the institutional portion of HEERF I, II and III monies. Please click on the link below to access this report.

    Quarterly Report and Disclosure

  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting
    Santa Barbara City College

    HEERF Reporting Emergency Financial Institutional Grants requires quarterly reporting on how SBCC utilized the institutional portion of HEERF I, II and III monies. Please click on the link below to access this report.

    Quarterly Report and Disclosure

    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 Aid Grants to Students -
    Santa Barbara City College
    30-Day Report and Disclosure

    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.