CARES Act Funds
Updated: August 16, 2021
American Rescue Package
The American Rescue Package allows the distribution of approximately $9 million directly to students. Students who are registered for at least one class in the Fall 2021 semester may apply for funds from the American Rescue Package. Applications are available on the student portal starting August 18, 2021. Dual credit students are not eligible. Students may receive up to $1500. Money may be used for any component of the cost of attending Triton College such as tuition, fees, books, or for emergency costs caused by the coronavirus such as food, housing, physical and mental healthcare, and childcare. These dollars do not need to be paid back.
American Rescue Package FAQs - Click HERE.
CRRSAA FAQs (HEERF II)
What can I do to become eligible for CRRSAA money?
File your 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 FAFSA. List Triton College as an educational institution.
Do I have to repay the money the college sends me as part of the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)?
No. The money you receive is from a federal grant and does not need to be repaid.
Where can I find the application to apply for this money?
The application will be sent to you, if you are eligible, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, to your Triton College student email. The application is not public on the web, as only those eligible will be able to apply. We are announcing this information in advance to encourage as many students as possible to become eligible by filing the FAFSA as soon as possible.
Can I use these funds for rent/mortgage payments?
Yes. You can use these funds for any purpose, i.e. rent, food, utilities, etc., that will relieve the financial burden of paying for your education caused by the pandemic.
Can I use the award to pay for tuition?
Yes. You can request that the funds go directly towards any outstanding balance you have at the college rather than coming to you directly.
What if I cannot submit the FAFSA?
If you cannot submit a FAFSA because of citizenship reasons, you will have to identify scholarship opportunities for funding through AcademicWorks, a scholarship site available through the financial aid webpage. Currently, CRRSAA funds are federal and federal guidelines prohibit those who are not citizens or eligible permanent residents to receive these funds. Triton College invites all students in need of financial assistance, regardless of citizenship status, to talk with the staff in the financial aid office to find financial support.
Do I have to report back to Triton College how I use the money?
No. You will not be asked how you used the money.
I filed my FAFSA but did not receive an email with a link to the application? Why not?
Eligibility will be updated on a weekly basis. If you submitted your FAFSA more than 7 days ago and have not received an email (be sure to check your JUNK folder, too), please email email@example.com.
How soon will I get the money?
You will receive an email within 3-4 working days indicating the amount of your award. A check will be sent to your home address, unless otherwise noted on the application, within three working days of being notified. Most students should be able to receive their funds within two weeks from the completion of their application. Please do not count weekends and holidays.
How do I ask a question?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address is staffed by those who work in the office of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. You may send questions there. Your question may be forwarded to financial aid if it is specific to your eligibility.
CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARPA, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
Triton College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
Triton College will receive or has received $13,463,538 from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter). Under CRRSAA, $2,250,000 was distributed to students.
The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
2,571 students were eligible for CRRSAA funds as determined by the College. These are students who:
- Are enrolled in Spring 2021 term in at least one credit hour (excluding dual credit)
- Have a FAFSA on file for the 20/21 or 21/22 award years
- Have an EFC of 6500 or less in either year
- Do not have an unresolved citizenship flag in either year
The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs include 1,378 students.
The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
Triton College created an application that was sent to all eligible students under the criteria outlined above. Students were asked to provide information regarding their need/crisis level around key categories: Housing, Food, Utilities, Childcare, Transportation, Health, Mental Health, and Technology assistance due to the transition to online learning. Applicants were awarded amounts in increments of $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 or $2,500 based on how many categories they indicated a level of crisis or distress.
Please see FAQs on this page for instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions. This email address is staffed by those who work in the office of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.
- HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report: July 10, 2021
- HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report: April 10, 2021
- HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report: January 10, 2021
- HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report: October 30, 2020
CARES Act FAQs (HEERF)
If I am eligible to receive CARES Act funds will I be notified?
To ensure eligibility, be sure to have a FAFSA on file. You will receive an email to your Triton email address detailing how you will receive your CARES Act check by mail to your permanent address. You may also receive a text message to the phone number we have associated with your account.
Are CARES Act funds a loan? Will it need to be to be repaid?
No, the money students will receive are from a federal grant and does not have to be repaid.
If I receive a $600 check from CARES Act funds, do I have to use for tuition?
No, the federal guidelines make it clear that students use the funding for ongoing costs associated with remote learning. When you cash your check, you will be agreeing to use the money in a way related to food, housing, utilities, course materials, technology, internet service, healthcare, and/or childcare.
To be eligible I have to have a FAFSA on file. Does that mean CARES Act money counts against my financial package?
No. CARES Act funds are not a part of your financial aid package and do not impact your eligibility for regular financial aid including grants, scholarships and, loans.
If I was not eligible to receive the $600 allocation, what should I do right now?
If you are going to be a continuing Triton College student in the fall, FILE YOUR 2020-2021 FAFSA immediately. Then, watch the Triton College website for the availability of an application to the emergency aid fund.