The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF.

Student Public Reporting

Higher Education Relief Funds:
May 20, 2020

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted because of COVID-19. San Diego Christian College received $210,953. These funds will provide emergency grants to help students meet urgent, basic needs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare. Facts on the criteria and distribution of these funds can be found below:

Criteria for Eligibility:

As outlined by the Department of Education, if a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA). 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)
  • High school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting
  • Fully online students are not eligible

Method of Determining Amounts Awarded:

We requested all eligible students to apply for the HEERF grant on April 29th and again on May 6th. After reviewing applications submitted, it was clear that all students had COVID-19 related costs. In response, SDCC used two main standards for determining awards:

  • 2019-2020 Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as established by the 2019-2020 FAFSA.
  • Housing Type: On-campus housing or commuter. The chart below shows the calculations:
Student Housing EFC $0-5,500 EFC $5501-30,000 EFC >$30,001
On-Campus $1,720 $760 $460
Commuter $830 $410 $250

By the Numbers:

  • Total Amount Received by SDCC: $210,953
  • Total Amount Awarded the week of 5/18/2020: $211,560
  • Total Students Eligible: 266
  • Total Students Awarded: 264

Instructions and Notifications:

  • All eligible students were emailed instructions on how to apply for the funds on April 29th and May 6, Additionally, texts were sent out those same days instructing students to check their email for an important message from Financial Services.
  • On May 18th, 2020, all eligible students were notified they would be receiving checks in the mail or funds via direct deposit, if that was previously setup.

Institutional Public Reporting

SDCC also received $211,061 from the CARES Act to cover its costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

HEERF Quarterly Reporting