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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grants

HEERF I (CARES Act), HEERF II (CRRSAA), and HEERF III (ARPA) Funding
Students: Request Emergency Financial Assistance

We are distributing federal funds to students to help cover emergency costs related to the coronavirus pandemic. The money can be used for food, housing, health care, child care, tuition, or other school-related fees and expenses. Apply for emergency assistance

Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the U.S. Department of Education provides funding to colleges and universities to ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montgomery College has received HEERF grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). The College anticipates receiving additional funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

See details and reports on our HEERF grants below. 

HEERF I: CARES Act Reporting

Montgomery College’s CARES Act HEERF grant is $10,995,749 with an additional $44,677 in grant funding as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) was signed into law on March 27, 2020, to provide emergency assistance and economic stabilization funds to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part of the CARES Act (Section 18004) provides approximately $14 billion in U.S. Department of Education funding for colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” In accepting HEERF grants, institutions of higher education are required to sign a certification and agreement affirming that at least fifty percent of the funds will be provided as emergency student financial aid grants, while the remaining fifty percent may be used by the institution to cover certain expenses related to the change in instruction due to the coronavirus.

The information about Montgomery College’s CARES Act HEERF I grant is as follows:

  • Award Number: P425E202618
  • Certification and agreement signed: April 19, 2020
  • Federal funding period: April 24, 2020 to April 23, 2021
  • Purpose: To provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare).
  • This initiative was 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF I grant.
  • The Department of Education requires that HEERF grantees post their reports on the use of funds on their websites. Montgomery College will post its reports as PDF documents.
  • Award Number: P425F203423
  • Certification and agreement signed: May 19, 2020
  • Federal Funding Period: May 21, 2020 to May 20, 2021
  • Purpose: To cover eligible costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
  • This initiative was 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF I grant.
  • The Department of Education requires that HEERF grantees post their reports on the use of funds on their websites. Montgomery College will post its reports as PDF documents.

In addition to the Student Aid and Institutional Portion HEERF grants, the U.S. Department of Education allocated supplemental HEERF grants for institutions of higher education that are one of the following: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), or Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Montgomery College is a Minority Serving Institution, and therefore has received an additional grant as follows:

  • Award Number: P425L200469
  • Certification and agreement signed: June 2, 2020
  • Federal funding period: June 10, 2020 to June 9, 2021
  • Purpose: To defray expenses incurred as a result of a transition distance education and/or for student emergency assistance grants.
  • This initiative was 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF I grant.
  • The Department of Education requires that HEERF grantees post their reports on the use of funds on their websites. Montgomery College will post its reports as PDF documents.

For additional information about CARES Act HEERF grants, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s websitenew window.

Reports for the CARES Act HEERF Grants

Student Assistance

Institutional and MSI

HEERF II: CRRSAA Reporting

Montgomery College's CRRSAA HEERF II grant is $23,080,761, with an additional $85,134 in grant funding as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

The HEERF II is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020. The CRRSAA provides $81.88 billion in support for education, including $22.7 billion to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus” through the HEERF grants.

The information about Montgomery College’s CRRSAA HEERF II grant is as follows:

  • Award Number: P425E202618 - 20A
  • Federal funding period: April 24, 2020 to April 23, 2021
  • Purpose: Financial aid grants for students may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
  • Students will need to submit an application for the CRRSAA HEERF II emergency grant.
  • It is anticipated that this initiative will be 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF II grant.
  • HEERF II reporting information will be updated once the U.S. Department of Education has provided guidance.
  • Award Number: P425F203423 - 20A
  • Federal Funding Period: May 21, 2020 to May 20, 2021
  • Purpose: Defraying expenses associated with coronavirus; carrying out student support activities authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), that address needs related to coronavirus; and/or making additional financial aid grants to students.
  • It is anticipated that this initiative will be 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF II grant.
  • HEERF II reporting information will be updated once the U.S. Department of Education has provided guidance.

In addition to the Student Aid and Institutional Portion HEERF grants, the U.S. Department of Education allocated supplemental HEERF grants for institutions of higher education that are one of the following: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), or Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Montgomery College is a Minority Serving Institution, and therefore has received an additional grant as follows:

  • Award Number: P425L200469 - 20B
  • Federal funding period: June 10, 2020 to June 9, 2021
  • Purpose: To address needs directly related to the coronavirus.
  • It is anticipated that this initiative will be 100 percent funded by the Department of Education’s HEERF grant.
  • HEERF II reporting information will be updated once the U.S. Department of Education has provided guidance.

CRRSAA Reports

Reports will be posted here when they are available. 

For additional information about CRRSAA HEERF II grants, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s websitenew window.

HEERF III: ARPA

Montgomery College anticipates receiving an additional HEERF grant through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). 

Montgomery College anticipates receiving an additional HEERF grant through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a third coronavirus relief bill signed into law on March 11, 2021. The ARPA provides $1.9 trillion in federal stimulus funding, including approximately $39.6 billion for higher education. The College will update this webpage once the U.S. Department of Education provides notification of our HEERF III award. 

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