Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump, on Dec. 27, 2020, Kilgore College has received $1,954,443 from the student portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). Within this document, KC certifies that it will use 100% of the funds received under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
1) Under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA, Kilgore College received $1,954,443 to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
2) It is estimated that more than 3,300 Kilgore College students may be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, one eligibility criteria to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. As of Jan. 31, 2021, Kilgore College has not yet disbursed any of these funds to students in the form of emergency aid.
3) Kilgore College is in the process of determining the criteria to be used in awarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants and the amounts of such grants. Based upon requirements of the CRRSAA and initial discussions at the College, the following may be included as criteria:
- The student has a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA on file at Kilgore College to document eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and
- The student has financial need, as determined by the estimated family contribution (EFC), and
- The student is enrolled in at least one face-to-face course in the Spring 2021 semester that has a remote learning component due to the COVID-19 pandemic; thus, requiring the student to have internet access in order to participate.
Additional criteria may include considerations such as residential students who have increased meal plan fees due to limited capacities.
Please note that a student doesn’t have to actually receive federal financial aid to be eligible for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. However, priority will be given to those who are documented to be most in need.
4) Students seeking Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CRRSAA who do not have a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA on file at Kilgore College are encouraged to complete one immediately.
5) To provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as expeditiously as possible, Kilgore College is anticipating an automatic disbursement to eligible students with no separate application required. It is further anticipated that this disbursement will be based on the costs to students for high speed, unlimited internet access is a rural area.