As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Department of Education has made funding available to institutions of higher education to provide direct financial aid relief to students and to offset the costs incurred by colleges and universities as they transition to the fully online learning environments made necessary by COVID-19.

Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), San Bernardino Valley College has been allocated a total of $6,732,563. In compliance with the college’s signed Certification and Agreement with the Department of Education and under Section 18004(a)(1), no less than 50 percent of these funds, or $3,366,282, will be used to provide direct Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Eligibility

At this time, SBVC estimates nearly 3,550 students are eligible to receive automatic emergency aid funding under HEERF. To be eligible and in accordance with Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Have a valid social security number (SSN);
  • Be registered with the selective service (draft), if male;
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED; and
  • Be enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be distributed to international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, or students who were enrolled in online-only degree programs prior to March 13, 2020.

Per guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, Valley College is utilizing FAFSA data on "Unmet Need" (the estimated cost of attendance minus a student's reported access to financial resource, per their FAFSA) to determine eligibility with regard to financial need.

Grant Amounts and Determiniation Methods

Grant amounts for eligible students at Valley will range between $300 and $1,200 with initial awards based on students’ enrollment status as indicated below:

  • Less than half-time: $300
  • Half-time: $600
  • More than half-time but less than full-time: $900
  • Full-time: $1,200

Disbursement

As of June 25, 2020, a total of $2,841,000 has been distributed to 3,336 eligible students under HEA Title IV. A request form is currently under development in order to facilitate the disbursement of the remaining $525,282.