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COVID -19 Relief Funding (CARES, CRRSSA, HEERF)

Fall 2021 Update:

NCC has COVID relief funding available to all current students this fall to assist with any balances due after financial aid is credited towards your bill and emergency expenses.  

Additional time is now being provided for all students to satisfy their Fall 2021 tuition and fees without being dropped from your classes until COVID relief funds may be awarded. For students who have already paid their bill, funding is also available for educational related expenses like books, transportation, childcare etc.

Students may now apply for assistance for Fall 2021 balances (including Winter courses) now via this link.

Application for Spring 2022 will open January 4, 2022 to provide assistance for balances owed as well as educational related expenses.

Awarding of Funds

Impact of the COVID crisis this spring at NCC has been substantial, effecting the college on every front including faculty and staff members. But no group has felt the brunt more than students who have had to manage major challenges to their personal and academic lives.

To help students who have been impacted financially, the college is distributing emergency government grant funding through the federal CARES Act. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding for institutions to award emergency financial aid grants to students who have been impacted by the COVID crisis. Students are provided the flexibility to spend grant dollars as they deem appropriate. The funds were specifically provided to help students with COVID-19 related challenges which may include items such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

The CARES Act requires all colleges and universities participating in the program to provide access to the following information.

  • Northampton Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the CARES Act Certification and Agreement. This document is an assurance that NCC has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • The total amount of funds that NCC will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $3.01 million.

Round 1 Details

  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter) is $1,889,300.
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 5,402.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 3,186.
  • NCC’s method of evaluating eligibility was based on the student being Title IV eligible and being an enrolled student as of March 13, 2020. (Students enrolled in programs that can only be completed online are ineligible.) A valid survey response indicating COVID-related expenses was required for payment.
  • Eligible NCC students, full and part time, will receive cash grants of varying amounts. Pell-eligible full time students will receive the largest grants ($700), followed by those students who are part time Pell-eligible ($600), full-time non Pell-eligible ($500) and part-time, non Pell-eligible ($400).

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Eligible students received the following email to make them aware of CARES Act grants available to them:

Subject line: You are eligible for money through the Cares Act

Dear NCC student,

According to our records, you are eligible to receive a federal Cares Act grant through Northampton Community College. These grant funds were made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress. We at NCC have already reviewed your qualifications and determined that you are eligible to receive a grant, pending final verification.

To obtain your grant, please access a quick survey and answer several brief questions about how the COVID pandemic has impacted your college learning experience. It’s important you take action soon to receive your grant funding by clicking this link and completing this short survey: https://tinyurl.com/NCC-CARES-Act-Survey

Deadline to register is May 17. If you have any questions, contact the Northampton Community College Financial Aid Office at financialaid@northampton.edu.

Mike Sparrow
Dean of Enrollment Management and Retention

Round 2 Details

Round 2 was distributed to all non survey responders from Round 1 as well as eligible students enrolled in summer 2020 who indicated they have a COVID-19 related expense.

  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter) is $2,198,900 (cumulative after the close of round 2).
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 5,663 (cumulative after the close of round 2).
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 3,721.
  • NCC’s method of evaluating eligibility was based on the student being Title IV eligible and being an enrolled student as of March 13, 2020 or now enrolled in summer 2020 classes on 5/28/2020. (Students enrolled in programs that can only be completed online are ineligible.) A valid survey response indicating COVID-related expenses was required for payment.
  • Eligible NCC students, full and part time, will receive cash grants of varying amounts. Pell-eligible full time students will receive the largest grants ($700), followed by those students who are part time Pell-eligible ($600), full-time non Pell-eligible ($500) and part-time, non Pell-eligible ($400).

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Eligible students received one of the following email to make them aware of CARES Act grants available to them:

E-mail for Spring Follow-up Recipients

Dear NCC Student,

We are sorry we missed you the first round of CARES Act Funding! We want to reach out to give you another opportunity to access these funds. These grant funds were made available to Northampton Community College through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress. We at NCC have already reviewed your qualifications and determined that you are eligible to receive a grant, pending final verification.

To obtain your grant, please access a quick survey and answer several brief questions about how COVID pandemic has impacted your college learning experience. It’s important you take action soon to receive your grant funding by clicking this link and completing this short survey CARES Act survey. 

Deadline to register is June 12, 2020. If you have any questions, contact the Northampton Community College Financial Aid Office at financialaid@northampton.edu.
Mike Sparrow
Dean of Enrollment Management and Retention

E-mail for New Round of Summer Eligible Students
Dear NCC Students,

According to our records, you are eligible to receive a federal Cares Act grant through Northampton Community College. These grant funds were made available to Northampton Community College through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress. We at NCC have already reviewed your qualifications and determined that you are eligible to receive a grant, pending final verification.

To obtain your grant, please access a quick survey and answer several brief questions about how COVID pandemic has impacted your college learning experience. It’s important you take action soon to receive your grant funding by clicking this link and completing this short survey CARES ACT SURVEY.

Deadline to register is June 12, 2020. If you have any questions, contact the Northampton Community College Financial Aid Office at financialaid@northampton.edu.
Mike Sparrow
Dean of Enrollment Management and Retention

Round 3 Details

Round 3 of CAREs funding was targeted towards Title IV eligible students with technology related expenses who were registered as of 7/26/2020 for Fall 2020 classes and Title IV eligible on that date.

  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter) is $2,880,900 (cumulative after the close of round 3).
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 8,786 (cumulative after the close of round 3).
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 5,271 (cumulative after the close of round 3).
  • NCC’s method of evaluating eligibility was based on the student being Title IV eligible and being an enrolled student as of 7/26/2020.

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Eligible students received the following email to make them aware of CARES Act grants available to them:

Good Evening NCC Student,

According to our records, you may be eligible to receive a federal Cares Act Student Technology Grant through Northampton Community College. These grant funds were made available to Northampton Community College through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress. This round of CARES act funding will be used to assist student with technology expenses associated with the Fall 2020 coursework and to continue in the remote learning environment.

To apply for the grant, please access a quick survey and answer several brief questions about how COVID pandemic has impacted your college learning experience and generated any additional technology expenses. It’s important you take action soon to receive your grant funding by clicking this link and completing this short survey CARES ACT SURVEY.

The deadline to complete this survey is 8/4/2020 and funding is limited. If you have any questions, contact the Northampton Community College Financial Aid Office
at financialaid@northampton.edu.

Mike Sparrow
Dean of Enrollment Management and Retention

Payments for Round 3 were made on the basis of expenses incurred by Eligible Students on the survey.

  • Additional technology purchase needed for coursework (i.e. camera, headset,etc) - $100
  • Computer, Tablet, or Device needed to access remote learning - $350
  • Computer, Tablet, or Device needed to access remote learning and additional technology purchase needed for coursework (i.e. camera, headset,etc) - $450
  • Internet Service upgrades or additional expense; - $250
  • Internet Service upgrades or additional expense and Additional technology purchase needed for coursework (i.e. camera, headset,etc); - $350
  • Internet Service upgrades or additional expense and Computer, Tablet, or Device needed to access remote learning; - $500
  • Internet Service upgrades or additional expense and Computer, Tablet, or Device needed to access remote learning and Additional technology purchase needed for coursework (i.e. camera, headset,etc); - $600

As of 9/30/2020, additional payments made on a rolling basis during the Fall 2020 followed the same awarding methodology as round 3 payments and bring cumulative total spent to $2,929,300 with a total of 4,238 unique recipients.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3)

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

Northampton County COVID-19 Relief Funds

NCC also administered $200,000 in scholarships funded by a grant from the federal CARES Act, under the administration of the Commonwealth of PA Dept of Community and Economic Development and the County of Northampton in support of students with COVID related expenses and/or financial need for the Fall 2020 semester.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSSA) Act 

NCC has received federal stimulus funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and will be issuing student grant funding. This grant may be used for emergency expenses  and also can be used to satisfy any bill you may owe the college incurred since the beginning of the National Emergency March 20, 2020.

The total amount of funds that NCC will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $3.01 million.

Round 1 Details:

NCC's prioritized 2485 students enrolled on for spring 2021 as of 1/19/2021 with the highest need as defined by costs incurred (enrollment level + residency status) as well as the lowest expected family contribution on the FAFSA.  Students needed to meet all title IV elgiibility requirements to be included as defined on the FAFSA.

Survey respondents included 1438 students with a total award amount of $1,140,850 (which included spending remaining $129,100 of CAREs funding).

Awards were granted by enrollment level as of 1/19/2021: Full Time:$800, 3/4 time: $500, Half-Time $400, Less than Half-Time $200.  Additional amounts were provided for residency level 2: $250, residency level 3: $500, residency level 6: $300. 

Round 2 Details:

This round was targeted towards students enrolled during COVID with balances due or who had to cease enrollment due to COVID related expenses. As with previous rounds students had to be title IV eligible as defined on the FAFSA.

Valid respondents were provided with the balance owed + $500 for emergency expenses or $700 for emergency expenses if no balance was owed.  

After round 2, the total cumulative $ spent for both rounds was $1,670,930.36

Round 3 Details:

This round was offered to all students registered for summer and now included those not title IV eligible per guidance issued from the US Department of Education issued May 21, 2020.

Valid respondents were provided with the balance owed + $500 for emergency expenses or $700 for emergency expenses if no balance was owed. 

After round 3, the total cumulative $ spent for all three rounds was $2,429,678.36

Ongoing Funds Distribution:

After the distribution of the 1st three rounds, the remaining amount may be applied for as needed via the link at the top and bottom of the website.  Students may indicate an amount requested on the application.

Funding is limited and will prioritized based on any of the following: expenses incurred, finanical need, balances owed, other relief funding recieved and generally capped at $1500 in absence of other directly documented expenses.  Survey responses will be reviewed and processed weekly.

Our cumulative total as of 7/5/2021 for both CARES Funding and CRRSSA funds $ now totals $6,023,116.