Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has signed and returned to the Department Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) program which provides Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

SWCC received $1,480,699 to award to students under the CRRSAA and ARPA programs.

As of September 30, 2021, SWCC has awarded and disbursed a total of $1,312,534 (CRRSAA: $293,694; ARPA: $1,018,840) of emergency financial aid grants to students.

SWCC determined that 726 students were eligible under the CRRSAA grant and 1,532 students were eligible under the ARPA grant.

SWCC has awarded emergency financial aid grants to 726 students under the CRRSAA grant and 337 students under the ARPA grant. A total of 825 unduplicated students have been awarded.

SWCC awarded CRRSAA funds to students who were enrolled during the Spring 2021 semester in credit courses. Students were given the opportunity to apply their emergency financial aid grant to their outstanding account balance or receive a direct payment. SWCC awarded all eligible students $300. An additional award of up to $315 was disbursed to Pell-eligible students. The additional amount was calculated with the basis of federal Pell grant eligibility as one of the factors in an effort to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need.

SWCC awarded ARPA funds to students who were enrolled anytime between the date of the national emergency (March 13, 2020) through the end of the Summer 2021 term. These students received an email directing them to an online application where they could choose an amount ranging from $1,000-$5,000 to cover costs incurred due to the coronavirus. SWCC awarded all eligible students half of the amount they requested ranging from $500-$2,500. An additional award of up to $2,500 was disbursed to Pell-eligible students. The additional amount was calculated with the basis of federal Pell grant eligibility as one of the factors in an effort to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need.