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CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERFII and HEERFIII)

May 4, 2022 – As of May 4, 2021, the college has distributed a second round of cash grants from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) totaling $1,920,666 to 2,026 students who were eligible to participate in the program.  For Pell eligible students, disbursements of funds were determined at a $97 per credit hour calculation based upon the number of credit hours the student was enrolled in at the census date, April 13, 2022.  For Non-Pell eligible students, disbursements of funds were determined at a $86 per credit hour calculation based upon the number of credit hours the student was enrolled in at the census date, April 13, 2022.  Funds were disbursed on April 20th.

April 13, 2022Northern Oklahoma College received a third round of stimulus funding of $3,947,651 from American Rescue Plan (ARP) to award as financial aid grants to students and help support our students’ needs and challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These funds are similar to the CARES Act funds and the CRRSAA funds that were distributed by the college last year. The funds will continue to support any component of the students’ cost of attendance or for emergency costs that are arising due to COVID, such as tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health) and child care.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was passed by Congress and signed into law March 11, 2021 to provide economic relief from COVID. The grant funds are from the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III).  The funds were established to prioritize students with the greatest financial need.

Most NOC Students who are enrolled for Spring 2022 as of April 13, 2022 will be eligible for this portion of the ARP funds under the HEERF III.  ARP emergency assistance funding is federal grant assistance that does not need to be repaid.

NOC students will receive an email regarding the ARP Funds. Additional information including date of disbursement will be included in the email. ARP requires institutions to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who are eligible for Federal Pell Grant funds. Pell eligible students will receive $97 per credit hour and Non-pell eligible students will receive $86 per credit hour. 

Under the ARP, a student is now defined as any individual who is enrolled at an eligible institution on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they completed a FAFSA or are eligible for Title IV aid.  The HEERF III student aid grants are available to all students, which now includes international and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students.

Students in the following categories will not be eligible to receive ARP funding:

  • NOC/OSU Gateway Program students billed by OSU

The ARP emergency grant funds will be refunded directly to the students via their Bursar’s accounts without applying the funds to any outstanding balances they may have.  If you have not designated your refund option, please go to MyNOC, then under the Students tab, click Billing. The direct deposit designation is in the middle of the page.  Please have this completed before midnight on April 20.

With questions or for more information about the NOC ARP Funds, please contact the NOC Financial Aid office at financial.aid@noc.edu.

December 9, 2021 – As of December 9, 2021, the college has distributed cash grants totaling $2,040,890 to 2,218 students who ere eligible to participate in the program.  For Pell eligible students, disbursement of funds were determined at a $90.00 per credit hour calculation based upon the number of credit hours the student was enrolled in at the census date, November 11, 2021.  For Non-Pell eligible students, disbursement of funds were determined at a $80.00 per credit hour calculation based upon the number of credit hours the student was enrolled in at the census date, November 11, 2021. Funds were disbursed on December 8, 2021.

November 16, 2021  Northern Oklahoma College received a third round of stimulus funding of $3,947,651 from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to award as financial aid grants to students and to help support our students’ needs and challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The American Rescue Plan was passed by Congress and signed into law March 11, 2021 to provide economic relief from COVID. The grant funds are from the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) and were established to prioritize students with the greatest financial need.

These funds are similar to the CARES Act funds and the CRRSAA funds that were distributed by the college last year. The funds can be distributed to support any component of the students’ cost of attendance or for emergency costs that may arise due to COVID, such as tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health) and child care.

Under ARP, a student is now defined as any individual who is enrolled at an eligible institution on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they completed a FAFSA or are eligible for Title IV aid.  The HEERF III student aid grants are available to all students, which now includes international, concurrent and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students.

Most NOC Students who are enrolled for Fall 2021 as of November 11, 2021 will be eligible for a portion of the ARP funds under the HEERF III.

NOC/OSU Gateway Program students billed by OSU will not be receiving ARP funds.  They are eligible to receive ARP funds through OSU.

The ARP emergency assistance funding is federal grant assistance that does not need to be repaid; but it does require institutions to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who are eligible for Federal Pell Grant funds. Additional information including the estimated amount of your disbursement and the date of disbursement will be sent to students via their email within the next couple of weeks.

The ARP emergency grant funds will be refunded directly to the students via their Bursar’s account without applying the funds to any outstanding balances they may have.  If you have not designated your refund option, please go to MyNOC, then under the Students tab, click Billing.  The direct deposit designation is in the middle of the page.  Please have this completed before midnight on November 30.

If you have any questions or need more information about the NOC ARP Funds, please contact the NOC Financial Aid office at financial.aid@noc.edu.

June 30, 2021 – The college has distributed cash grants totaling $977,820 to 1464 students who were eligible to participate in the program. For Pell eligible students, disbursement of funds were determined at a $60.00 per credit hour calculation based upon the number of credit hours the student was enrolled in at the census date, March 22, 2021. For Non-Pell eligible students, disbursement of funds were determined at a $50.00 per credit hour calculation based upon the number of credit hours the student was enrolled in at the census date, March 22, 2021. Students had the option to apply CRRSAA grant funds to their NOC account balance by April 5. Funds were disbursed on April 16, April 22, and April 29.

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April 2, 2021 – Northern Oklahoma College received a second round of stimulus funding of $985,509 from the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to award as financial aid grants to students and help support our students’ needs and challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These funds are similar to the CARES Act funds that were distributed by the college last year. The funds will continue to support any component of the students’ cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arising due to COVID, such as tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health) and child care.

The Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations ACT (CRRSAA) was passed by Congress and signed into law December 27, 2020 to provide economic relief from COVID. The grant funds are from the U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). The funds were established to prioritize students with the greatest financial need.

Most NOC Students who are enrolled for Spring 2021 as of March 22, 2021 will be eligible for a portion of the CRRSAA funds under the HEERF II. CRRSAA emergency assistance funding is federal grant assistance that does not need to be repaid.

Eligible students will receive an email regarding the CRRSA Funds. Additional information including date of disbursement will be made available soon. CRRSAA requires institutions to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need. Therefore, Pell eligible students will receive $60 per credit hour based upon their enrollment as of March 22, 2021. Non-Pell eligible students will receive $50 per credit hour based upon the same census date above.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, qualified students must have filled out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, last year. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.

Students in the following categories will not be eligible to receive CRRSAA funding:

  • DACA students
  • Undocumented students
  • International students
  • Concurrent students
  • NOC/OSU Gateway Program students billed by OSU

Attention NOC Students: You will have the option to apply CRRSAA grant funds to your account balance by clicking this link: NOC Student Financial Aid System. You will need to login using your online financial aid credentials and answer accept or decline to the CRRSAA question by April 5thIf you do not wish to apply funds to your students account balance, then you will not need to take any action. 

If you have not designated your refund option, please go to myNOC, then under the Students tab, click Billing.  The direct deposit designation is in the middle of the page. Instructions for the direct deposit designation and financial aid login instructions are attached to this email. Please have this completed before midnight on April 9th.

With questions or for more information about the NOC CRRSAA Funds, please contact the NOC Financial Aid office at financial.aid@noc.edu.