Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Emergency Grants
The federal HEERF Act includes funds for students to help with immediate needs related to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
Moorpark College has been allocated over $33,897,149 in Funding and has certified with the U.S. Department of Education that $14,424,801* will go directly to students. An additional $1,971,294 was allocated to Moorpark College as a developing Hispanic Serving Institution (DHSI) for additional student support expenses. Moorpark College will also contribute a portion of the institutional and minority serving allocations towards direct student aid.
When enrolling at Moorpark College, we encourage all students to fill out the FAFSA, CADAA, CCPG and HEERF Grant request. Students need to be enrolled with a minimum of 6 units, and those in need will qualify first for $1000. Please monitor your school email account for this important information.
Thousands of students will be eligible to receive a grant. We have awarded 8942 students so far and anticipate approximately 8,900 students will receive funding.
Students will be awarded grants as long as funds remain available.
Funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible in order to provide students with the support they need to continue their educational pursuits. Once invited & processed, students are notified by email at the my.vcccd.edu email account. Please monitor your school email account for this important information.
Plan for Distribution
- 15% of funds* will be distributed to students enrolled Summer 2020
- 85% of funds* will be distributed to eligible students enrolled half time or more Fall 2020, Spring 2021, & Summer 2021.
- Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 students with exceptionally high need (Pell Grant recipients and others with exceptionally high need) will receive priority.
- You must be enrolled in at least 6 units. Those in need will qualify first. Students who have the greatest financial need will be considered for emergency grant funds first.
$14,419,301 has been disbursed. This funding has helped 8942 students.
$13,000 has been distributed in HSI Cares Funding. This funding has helped 9 students.
Q1 Report of Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the HEERF Act Emergency Grant?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
Who is eligible for the HEERF Act Emergency Grant?
Students determined to be eligible by the Moorpark College Financial Aid Office will receive an emailed invitation to apply.
How Do I Apply for a HEERF Act Emergency Grant?
If you are eligible, you will receive an email with information from the Financial Aid Office.
What is the HEERF Act Emergency Grant for?
HEERF Act Emergency Grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
How much is the HEERF Emergency Grant?
At Moorpark College, the Emergency Grants are $1000 each. The Emergency Grant program has specified funding. Students will be awarded grants as long as funds remain available.
Will the HEERF Emergency Grant affect my financial aid eligibility?
No, the HEERF Emergency Grant does not affect any financial aid. It is a one-time grant that does not need to be repaid.
Are recipients required to report these funds as gross income for taxes?
No, this grant should not be included as part of your gross income for tax reporting purposes. This is because emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act qualify as disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.
When will HEERF Act Emergency Grant Funds be available?
Funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible in order to provide students with the support they need to continue their educational pursuits. Those students who have the greatest financial need and are enrolled will be considered for emergency grant funds first.
How will HEERF Emergency Grant Funds be disbursed?
Disbursements will be sent through Bank Mobile. If you have not set up your disbursement method with Bank Mobile, your disbursement may be delayed. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 378-1462 if you need assistance selecting your disbursement method with Bank Mobile. Given the high-profile nature of this funding, students should be aware and vigilant against attempts to gain access to their student account through phishing.
If I have other questions, what should I do?
Contact the Financial Aid Office at Moorpark College by email at MCFA@vcccd.edu or call (805)378-1462.