CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

St. Clair County Community College acknowledges that the institution has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution 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 the institution has received from the department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $954,739.

The college has made periodic public reports of the amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Those reports are summarized here:

Reporting dateTotal amount distributed
through report date –
2019-20 academic year
Total amount distributed
through report date –
2020-21 academic year
Total amount
distributed through
report date
May 21, 2020$561,086$561,086
Jun. 29, 2020$627,386$627,386
Jul. 30, 2020$668,941$668,941
Aug. 19, 2020$689,691$689,691
Sep. 29, 2020$689,691$204,350$894,041
Oct. 28, 2020$689,691$239,800$929,491
Nov. 19, 2020$689,691$264,050$953,741
Jan. 8, 2021$689,691$265,048$954,739

NOTE: As of January 8, 2021, the CARES Emergency Student Award Grant total of $954,739 has been fully expended.

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 1692.

The college has made periodic public reports of the number of students who have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Those reports are summarized here:

Reporting dateTotal number of students
who received EFA Grants
through report date –
2019-20 academic year
Total number of students
who received EFA Grants

through report date –
2020-21 academic year
Total number of students
who received EFA Grants through
report date
May 21, 2020578578
Jun. 29, 2020629629
Jul. 30, 2020642642
Aug. 19, 2020656656
Sep. 29, 2020656207863
Oct. 28, 2020656235891
Nov. 19, 2020656254910
Jan. 8, 2021656256912

The method used by St. Clair County Community College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was as follows:

  1. Students were directed to apply for Emergency Funds using a form on the College website.
  2. Students used the application to specify the categories of need and related extra expenses they had incurred due to the Coronavirus Pandemic disruption to their education.
  3. The college reviewed applications to determine if the student met eligibility requirements per the Department of Education guidelines.
  4. If a student met eligibility criteria, their award amount was determined on an individual basis considering need categories and amounts requested.
  5. Student awards could not exceed the maximum Pell grant amount for 2019-2020.
  6. Students who met eligibility requirements were notified of their award amounts.
  7. Students who did not meet eligibility requirements were notified that they did not qualify for an award.
  8. Student awards were processed and sent to students using the same college refunding methods as Title IV refunds.

Students were notified by their SC4 student email of their CARES Act awards and were able to view details on the SC4 Portal

Contact the SC4 Financial Aid Office for more information and questions.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

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