2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant for Students Required Reporting - July

  1. Laramie County Community College (LCCC) acknowledges that it has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form to the US Department of Education. LCCC will use no less than the required amount of funds received through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.   

  2. LCCC will receive $3,058,454from the US Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for emergency financial aid grants to students.

    Total amount allocated to LCCC through HEERF I, HEERF II and HEERF III for emergency financial aid grants to students is $4,561,108.

  3. LCCC distributed $478,000 in HEERF III emergency financial aid grants to students as of the date of this quarterly report, July 9, 2021.

  4. The estimated total number of students at LCCC that are eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant under the ARPA is 586.

  5. 315 LCCC students havereceived a LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant as of the date of this quarterly report, July 9, 2021.

  6. LCCC implemented an application process to identify students enrolled for Summer 2021 Semester who needed emergency grant funding. Awarding of grants began on June 1, 2021, the first class day of Summer 2021 Semester.

    Students were asked the following question on the grant application:

    Have you been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have a financial need for an allowable expense?  Allowable expenses include any component of your cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, such as but not limited to tuition, fees, course materials, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or child care. 

    If students answered “no” to this question, they did not qualify for an emergency grant.

    LCCC established three base grant award levels 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.     

    Grant award amounts were tiered based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from their 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students with a Pell-eligible EFC qualified for the highest grant amount.  Students that did not have a Pell-eligible EFC but demonstrated financial need based on their 2020/2021 FAFSA qualified for a lower grant amount.   Students that did not demonstrate financial need or did not have a FAFSA on file qualified for the lowest grant amount.

    Students that indicated that they faced significant unexpected expenses on their grant application such as loss of employment, reduced income, or food or housing insecurity due to the impacts of COVID-19 received an increase to their base grant amount.

    Grant awards ranged from $500 to $2,000 per student.

    The average grant awarded to date is $1,517.

    LCCC plans to open up another grant application for the upcoming Fall 2021 Semester.

  7. Instructions, directions, and guidance provided by LCCC to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants can be found on our LCCC COVID-19 Summer 2021 Emergency CARES Grant web page which includes the link to the electronic application: 

    https://lccc.wy.edu/services/financialaid/summerCovidEmergencyGrant.aspx

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

    A link to this grant page is 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 June 1, 2021.

    Students enrolled for Summer 2021 Semester were sent an email notification to their student email address to inform them of the grant availability on June 1, 2021  that stated the following:

    Effective immediately, Laramie County Community College students attending Summer 2021 Semester can apply for the LCCC COVID-19 Summer 2021 Emergency Grant.

    Due to new federal funding in the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, LCCC will distribute emergency grants to assist students with any component of the student's cost-of-attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, such as tuition and fees, books, technology-related needs, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and child care.  

    Students must complete a LCCC COVID-19 Summer 2021 Emergency Grant application.

    Please visit our LCCC COVID-19 Summer 2021 Emergency Grant webpage for more information on qualifying for this grant and to submit your online application.  You will find the application link at the bottom of the following webpage:

    https://lccc.wy.edu/services/financialaid/summerCovidEmergencyGrant.aspx

    This link is also available on the LCCC Financial Aid & Scholarships webpage.

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

    A follow-up text was sent on June 7, 2021, directing student to this email to ensure all students were aware of this grant opportunity.

    Students were given the option on their grant application to apply the grant funds to their student account/LCCC charges or to receive a direct disbursement of the grant in full.  

    Students were sent an approval or denial email notification to their student email address following the review of their application.   The approval email informed students that the emergency grant funds would be sent to them in approximately two weeks 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.

 

Quarterly Report Date: July 9, 2021

This report is LCCC’s first quarterly posting for HEERF III student emergency grant fund expenditures.  The next quarterly report will be posted no later than October 10, 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 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.