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Higher Education Emergency Funds - COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Education Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) – Student Aid is available to provide funds in the form of emergency financial aid grants to students who have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The Spring 2021 COVID-19 Relief Fund (HEERF II) has been created to assist students with covering any component of the student’s cost of attendance (COA); or emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, such as but not limited to tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or child care. Pratt Community College (PCC) is required to prioritize grants to students demonstrating exceptional financial need.
You must meet the following requirements to qualify:

  • At this time students must be U.S. Citizens
  • Currently enrolled in Spring 2021 term, with 3 or more credit hours
  • Have a completed FAFSA for 2020-21 on file.
  • Those with the greatest financial need will receive priority. 

Application Process:
HEERF II Student Emergency Grant Applications will be accepted by completing the “Emergency Assistance Application”. The application is available through our eCentral portal. https://etcentral.prattcc.edu/
When the application is submitted a decision will be made based on available funding and the eligibility criteria.  All eligible applications will be considered and the grants funds will be awarded on a first come, first served bases until the funding is exhausted.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020, created education stabilization funds available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Pratt Community College has received $518,364 in total from the CARES Act and $25,632 HEERF- Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) funds added.

PCC is tasked with distributing at least 50% of these funds ($259,182) directly to students as emergency financial assistance to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations in the wake COVID-19. See below for more information about how much of these funds have been distributed and how many students have received funding.  

PCC students must meet the following eligibility requirements to receive CARES Act funding:

  • Eligible to receive Title IV federal aid and qualified for Federal Pell Grant Funds. This eligibility is evaluated through completion of the 2019-2020 FAFSA. 
  • Enrolled on/after March 13, 2020 for Spring 2020 students. 
  • Enrolled in 12 credit hours or more and had more than 60% of their classes on-campus prior to March 13, 2020.
  • ​Experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. 

The intent of emergency grant assistance is to support students experiencing temporary financial hardship. Funds are limited and not intended to provide ongoing relief.

Institutional Portion of Cares Act Funds

Institutional CARES Act funds in the amount of $259,182 were used to refund room and board charges when the Residence Halls were closed due to COVID-19.

President's Authorization Statement:

At PCC, we acknowledge that we have signed and returned the CARES Act certification and agreement form. We also acknowledge that we are using these funds to provide the mandated amount of 50% of emergency financial aid grants to our students until funds are exhausted.


Dr. Michael Calvert, President


HEERF Quarterly Reporting

Click here for the HEERF Quarterly Report. 

Student Portion of CARES Act Funds


Total # of Students Eligible

Total # of Students Receiving Funding

Total Funding Distributed





 *Pratt Community College acknowledges that as of this date, this figure represents the number of Spring 2020 students who 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.

**Pratt Community College acknowledges that as of this date, the figure indicated represents the number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant. 

***Pratt Community College acknowledge that as of this date, the figure indicated represents the total funding that has been distributed to students as our 30-day reporting date. 
All students eligible for emergency aid were notified by their official PCC email, which included how they would receive the funds and this letter from the Pratt Community College administration.