COVID-19 Campus Update
HEERF II Emergency Student Grant
CRRSAA Act 2021
Do I have to Apply for HEERF II Grant?
Yes, you must complete a certification form.
What kind of expenses can I use for this grant?
The grant may be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
Will the HEERF II grant impact my financial aid Award?
No. Since HEERF II is not considered "financial aid", it will not impact your current eligibility.
Are HEERF II funds taxable?
No. According to the information currently available, the IRS does not consider HEERF II funds to be taxable income.
Do I have to repay the HEERF II Grant?
No. These are grant funds and do not require repayment.
If I receive the grant and have an outstanding balance, will the funds be applied to those charges?
You may elect to use the money to pay your account. If you do not elect the funds to go to your account, these funds will be sent directly to you regardless of your account standing and will not remain on your student account.
What if I don't want or need the HEERF II Grant?
Most students enrolled in the spring quarter have cost of attendance expenses or may have emergency expenses during the pandemic. If you insist that you cannot use the funding, you should return the unused funds. Contact Michael Vigil, Director of Financial Aid.
What is the awarding model for funds?
The awarding model is based on each student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as a result of their FAFSA. Platt College selected a tiered approach to provide more substantial award amounts to students who are most in need, while also providing emergency grants to students with higher EFCs. It is possible that the amounts in the tier will change depending on how many eligible students complete and sign the self-certification. The tier represents, at a minimum, how much each eligible student can expect.
How DO I prove need for the grant
Complete the online attestation form identifying need. This award will only be granted after a student has submitted an online attestation and met the criteria as set forth by the College.
On December 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (P.L. 116-260) was signed. The law gives the US Department of Education money to distribute to institutions of higher education to serve students who have experienced hardships during the pandemic.
Platt College has received $230,799 in HEERF II funding, which will be distributed directly to eligible students. These funds are meant to help students cover expenses related to attending Platt College (e.g., tuition, housing, meals, transportation costs, health care (including mental health), or child care) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
The US Department of Education has issued guidance on the distribution of the grants to students. In order to qualify for the grant Platt College students must meet the following criteria:
- Have an official 2020-2021 FAFSA on file. For students who have not complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA, they must complete it on or before April 30, 2021.
- Attended Platt College (Aurora, CO) (past the drop/add week) in the March to June 2021 quarter.
- Meet all Federal Financial Aid eligibility guidelines required to be Title IV (federal) aid eligible, even if a student elects not to use financial aid.
- Complete the online attestation form identifying need. This award will only be granted after a student has submitted an online attestation and met the criteria as listed above.
Platt College will award the HEERF II Grants around the third week of May. By accepting HEERF funds, you as the student are acknowledging you will use funds toward your 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.
Correspondence Sent to Students Regarding Grant:
Institutional Reporting Regarding HEERF II
- July 10, 2021 Required Updated (Posted on June 30, 2021)