2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant for Students Required Reporting

  1. Laramie County Community College (LCCC) acknowledges that the institution signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the US Department of Education.  LCCC has used no less than the required amount of funds received through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  

  2. LCCC received $751,327 from the US Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  3. LCCC distributed $751,327 in HEERF II Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.    

  4. 1,081 LCCC students received a 2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant.

  5. LCCC implemented an application process to identify students enrolled for Spring 2021 Semester who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and needed emergency grant funding. The application opened on February 1, 2021 with a deadline of March 22, 2021. Awarding of grants began March 23, 2021, immediately following the application deadline. Students were given the option on the application to apply the grant funds to their student account/LCCC charges or to receive a direct disbursement of the grant in full.  

    LCCC established grant amounts and an award priority order in an effort to distribute the grant funds as widely as possible to our students in need of emergency funds and to ensure prioritization of funding to our students with exceptional need. Approximately 65% of our total student emergency grant funding went to Pell Grant-eligible students.

    All Pell Grant-eligible students were awarded first and received the highest grant amounts. Students that needed the grant funding to help with their direct educational expenses were awarded next at the established grant amounts. Non-Pell Grant-eligible students were awarded last and received the lowest grant amounts.

    The grant amounts ranged from $360 to $1,500 per student. The  average grant amount distributed was $695.

  6. Instructions, directions, and guidance provided by LCCC to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants can be found on our 2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant web page which included the link to the electronic application: http://lccc.wy.edu/services/financialaid/covidEmergencyGrant.aspx

    The information provided includes eligibility criteria and a list of allowable expenses.

    A link to this grant page was also listed on our general COVID-19 Information page:  https://www.lccc.wy.edu/virus-information.aspx

    LCCC announced the grant opportunity through a press release on February 3, 2021.

    All eligible students were sent an email notification to their student email address to inform them of the grant availability on February 3, 2021 that stated the following:

Effective immediately, Laramie County Community College students experiencing financial hardships because of the Coronavirus pandemic who meet specified qualifications can apply for the 2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant.

Due to new federal funding in the recently passed Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), LCCC will distribute emergency grants to assist students with any component of the student's cost-of-attendance or for other additional expenses incurred due to Coronavirus, such as tuition, books, technology-related needs, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and child care.  

Students must complete a 2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant application no later than the March 22, 2021, deadline.   Awards will be determined and distributed soon after the application deadline.

Students with exceptional financial need, such as students that receive Pell Grants, will receive priority consideration.  However, students do not need to be Pell Grant-eligible to apply.

Please visit our 2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant web page for more information on qualifying for this grant and to submit your online application:  

http://lccc.wy.edu/services/financialaid/covidEmergencyGrant.aspx

If you have already applied for this grant or do not require grant assistance, you may disregard this message.

Students were sent a follow-up text on February 10, 2021 directing them to this email to ensure all students were aware of this funding opportunity.

Students were sent an approval or denial email notification to their student email address following the review of their application. The approval email included instructions on how to view the amount of the grant award and informed students that the emergency grant funds would be sent to them within a week from our Student Accounts Office by direct deposit or check.

Please note that LCCC student email is the official method of communication for LCCC students.

This report is LCCC’s final quarterly posting and covers all HEERF II student emergency grant fund expenditures.

Final Report Date: June 18, 2021

This information meets the US Department of Education’s reporting requirements for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund’s (HEERF) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students provided under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).