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Higher Education Emergency Funds - COVID-19

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds have been exhausted. If more funding comes available it will be posted here.

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.

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




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.

May 15, 2020

Pratt Community College Beavers,

I hope that this letter finds you well.  I know that this semester has been anything but normal, but I appreciate the patience and commitment that you have displayed to be able to adjust and work towards completion of your spring classes. 

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that student funds have been made available to Pratt Community College through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act.  This is also referenced as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, (HEERF). Through this act, funding is available to qualified students who have experienced hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After reviewing the eligibility requirements and determining how the funds that were provided to PCC would be allocated, we have based our determination on selection criteria so that we can begin awarding these funds.

Since you are receiving this letter, you have been designated as a qualified recipient of some of these funds.  The first portion of the grant funds were given to those that applied for the funds through their E-Central account. The remaining portion has been divided between those students that were Pell Grant eligible, more than 60% of their classes were on campus prior to March 13th, and enrolled in more than 12 credit hours. Depending on if the Business Office had a Direct Deposit Form on file for you, will determine how you receive the funds. If you did have a Direct Deposit Form, these funds will be in the bank account listed. If it is determined that you did not have one on file, you will receive these funds by check. By accepting this payment, you acknowledge that you have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 during the Spring 2020 semester.  If you do not have expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, please email the Business Office at businessoffice@prattcc.edu or call them at 620-450-2143. I also want you to understand that even though you are receiving this payment, these funds have not been applied to your student account, and you MAY still have a bill with PCC. Please call the business office at 620-450-2143 if you have questions. 

The HEERF payment that you are receiving can be used towards bills or expenses that you have incurred such as technology, healthcare, rent, moving, college expenses or other expenses. 

Any PCC student who has experienced financial hardship this semester is encouraged to apply for emergency assistance. Funds are intended to be used for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 620-450-2247 or by email at finaid@prattcc.edu.

PCC stand’s ready to help you in any way that we can.  You are always a Beaver, and if we can help answer questions regarding this letter, future enrollments, or anything overall, do not hesitate to reach out to us.  We are committed to you and helping you continue your academic journey.  We wish you all the best and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Dr. Michael Calvert