All $14,424,801 in student grant funds have been disbursed!
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 needed to be enrolled with a minimum of 6 units, and those in need qualified first for $1000.
Thousands of students received a grant. We were able to award 9006 students a total of $14,424,801.
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 were enrolled in at least 6 units. Those in need will qualified first. Students who had the greatest financial need were considered for emergency grant funds first.
$14,424,801 has been disbursed. This funding helped 9006 students.
$14,380 has been distributed in HSI Cares Funding. This funding has helped 29 students.
Q2 Report of Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2)
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 received an emailed invitation to apply.
How Do I Apply for a HEERF Act Emergency Grant?
Sorry all funds have been disbursed, no funds are available.
What is the HEERF Act Emergency Grant for?
HEERF Act Emergency Grants were 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 were $1000 each. The Emergency Grant program has specified funding. Students were awarded grants as long as funds were available. All funding has been disbursed.
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 were disbursed as quickly as possible in order to provide students with the support they needed to continue their educational pursuits. Those students who had the greatest financial need and were enrolled were considered for emergency grant funds first.
How will HEERF Emergency Grant Funds be disbursed?
Disbursements were sent through Bank Mobile. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 378-1462 if you need assistance about 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.