Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has signed and returned the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act certification and agreement form and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50 percent of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

SWCC has $293,694 available for the HEERF student portion.

We estimate that 606 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.

As of May 22, 2020, no emergency financial aid grants have been awarded. We are planning to disburse our first round of grants on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

SWCC feels that those students most impacted by the disruption of campus operations are those students enrolled in face-to-face courses on March 13, 2020 and housing students. Since SWCC already issued credit adjustments and café cash refunds to housing students, that leaves students enrolled in face-to-face courses.

  1. SWCC will award $45 for each credit hour of face-to-face courses a Title IV eligible student with a FAFSA on file was enrolled in on March 13, 2020.
  2. The remaining amount after the distribution in #1 above will be available for students eligible for Title IV and with a FAFSA on file who complete the CARES Act emergency financial aid grant application. Applications will go through a reasonableness review approval process to ensure compliance with the CARES Act and awards will be distributed as they are approved. The application will be available online soon.

Since students must be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 in order to receive any CARES Act emergency financial aid grant, we will only award those students deemed eligible with a FAFSA on file in the above scenarios. The maximum award will be $3,097 per student per term.

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants was strictly informative that the check was a CARES Act emergency financial aid grant. If students have an amount due to SWCC an account statement was included in the envelope with instructions on how to pay their bill.

Update: We just became aware of the United States Department of Ed reversing the requirement of Title IV eligibility to receive CARES Act grants. Please watch for updates as we gain a better understanding and update our application and process to reflect changes needed to follow their guidance.

SWCC CARES ACT APPLICATION - Sorry, the CARES ACT APPLICATION is no longer available.