COVID-19 Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

This page provides public reporting on Cabrillo College's use of HEERF funds, and then describes the three rounds of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) funding. It also briefly describes other COVID-19 relief funds.

These reports follow the reporting requirements by the Federal Government including those in Section 15011(b)(2) of Division B and Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act (and subsequent CRRSA and ARP Acts), and are updated quarterly.

Student instructions, information on eligibility, and criteria for determining who receives emergency financial aid funds can be found in the Student Aid section below and in the Student Aid FAQs.

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Official Reporting and Notification Requirements

To ensure transparency, keep students and the general public informed, and comply with Section 18004 of the original CARES Act (HEERF I), Cabrillo College reports around the funding and disbursement status for:

1) The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I, II, & III) - Student Aid

2) The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I, II, & III) - Institutional Portion

3) The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I, II, & III) - Title V - Developing Hispanic Serving Institution (DHSI)

Reporting follows the reporting requirements by the Federal Government including those in Section 15011(b)(2) of Division B and Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act, and of the subsequent CRRSA and ARP Acts.

The use of Institutional Portion (#2 above) and of Title V - DHSI (#3 above) funds are reported in the same file.

Reports for HEERF I, II, & III - Student Aid

The Higher Educational Emergency Relief Fund provides one-time grants for students to help address the immediate and urgent impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cabrillo Students: There are limited funds for these grants from the Federal government. If you meet federal criteria for eligibility, you can request aid by filling out the following Google form: Cabrillo College Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant.

Reports for HEERF I, II, & III - Institutional and Title V-DHSI Funds

Each quarterly reporting document includes both Institutional Funds and Title V Funds.

Institutional Funds

The HEERF grants made funding available to institutions of higher education to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus and those costs that demonstrate a clear nexus with the impact caused by COVID-19. Cabrillo College received an allocation of $2,013,630 from the CARES Act, $6,871,612 from the CRRSA Act, and $7,759,380 from the ARP Act.

There are restrictions that these grant funds cannot be used for payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment activities, for marketing and advertising; endowments; capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship; or executive salaries, benefits, bonuses, etc.

Only institutional costs that are first incurred on or after March 13, 2020, the date of the Proclamation of National Emergency, are allowed.

Title V - DHSI Funds

The HEERFs also provide grants to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to address needs directly related to the coronavirus including prevention, preparation and response. These funds can be used to defray expenses incurred by the institution, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll.

Cabrillo College has been allocated funds in Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI). The Title V DHSI program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of Hispanic students. This includes expanding educational opportunities for, and improving the academic attainment of Hispanic students. It also includes expanding and enhancing academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability of colleges/universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students with an emphasis on helping large numbers of Hispanic students and other low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees.

The focus of this grant will be on directly assisting students at the Watsonville Center in getting access to critical technology and online services so that they can continue their studies at Cabrillo College. These resources will be targeted at the entering cohort of low-income, first-generation, and Latinx students being served in Watsonville.

HEERF I, II, & III - Title V DHSI FAQs

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds I, II & III - Description

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act HEERF I

On March 27, 2020, Congress approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, (Pub. L. 116-136), which provided approximately $2 trillion in assistance to individuals and businesses. The CARES Act created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provided $14 billion in direct funding to institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, this funding is “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” Cabrillo College was awarded a total of $4,295,588. Congress created several different formula and discretionary allocations within HEERF; Cabrillo received Student Aid, Institutional Aid, and Title V funds. $2,013,630 was for student aid, an equal amount was for institutional needs, and $268,328 was Title V funds.

As Student Aid, $2,013,630 had to be given as direct cash emergency grants to students. Cabrillo College certified that the full amount of funds provided for emergency student aid grants would be spent for that purpose, and by March 2021, the College granted 3,736 students a total of $2,013,683 of CARES emergency financial aid grants, fully spending all CARES student aid funds.

An equal amount of allocated funding ($2,013,630) was to cover institutional costs associated with significant changes in the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In addition, Cabrillo College was awarded $268,328 of Title V DHSI funds to address needs directly related to the coronavirus including prevention, preparation, and response as part of Section 18004 (a)(2) of the CARES Act for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of Hispanic students.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) HEERF II

The ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic created enormous challenges for colleges. In response to this ongoing crisis and in an effort to keep staff and students safe while preserving the learning environment, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260) on December 27, 2020. This act provided an additional $22.7 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Cabrillo College received $2,013,683 to provide emergency financial aid grants to students and $6,871,612 to defray ongoing institutional costs related to COVID-19. Cabrillo College also received Title V DHSI funds for being a Hispanic Serving Institution in the amount of $503,301, which is dedicated towards serving low income, Latinx students at the college. Of the institutional funds, Cabrillo College elected to spend an additional $486,370 on emergency grants to students and to erase over $1,631,754 of student debt. By August 2021, the CRRSAA emergency financial aid funds had been completely distributed to Cabrillo students.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) HEERF III

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 117-2). The ARP Act appropriated approximately $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for HEERF to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. Of this amount, Cabrillo College received $7,753,980 for student emergency aid and $7,944,394 in institutional funds. Cabrillo College also received funds for being a Hispanic Serving Institution in the amount of $865,336, which is dedicated towards serving low income, Latinx students at the college.

COVID-19 Response Block Grant (CRF)

The CRF Block Grant provided state and federal funds that Cabrillo used to facilitate distance learning; students were able to persist in their college studies as a result. Specific examples include but are not limited to: buying equipment that enabled underrepresented students to have the technology equipment and the support to enable continuation of services; minimizing the spread of infection by COVID-19 by purchasing PPE gear that helped to protect both students and Cabrillo employees; and resources for Cabrillo faculty to quickly transfer their courses to an online format. Reports on the funds are divided by origin of the funds.

Final State CRF Report Cycle 3, 12/31/20

CCCCO 2020 COVID-19 Response Block Grant Federal - CRF Expenditure Report 1/6/21