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 first dispersement of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I), San Bernardino Valley College was 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 those funds, or $3,366,282, were used to provide direct Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  With the second allocation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II), SBVC was provided an additional $3,366,282 to be distributed directly to students.

Eligibility

To be eligible for automatic HEERF student aid grants 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.

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 Determination Methods

Grant amounts for eligible students at Valley have ranged between $150 and $1,500 with initial awards (3,336 students) 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

The second disbursement (2,321 students) of additional HEERF I student aid was in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Less than half-time: $150
  • Half-time: $150
  • More than half-time but less than full-time: $200
  • Full-time: $300

Awards granted (2,891 students) during Spring 2021 under HEERF II were based on the enrollment criteria below:

  • Less than half-time: $500
  • Half-time: $800
  • More than half-time but less than full-time: $1,200
  • Full-time: $1,500

Disbursement

As of April 30, 2021, a total of $6,721,170 has been distributed directly to eligible SBVC students in the form of Direct Student Emergency Aid under HEA Title IV.

 

Quarterly Reports

CARES report Q51

CARES report Q52