IRSC CRSSAA and CARES Acts Funding Information
2021 IRSC CRSSAA Funding Information
Updated February 2021
Indian River State College (IRSC) will distribute an additional $5 million to eligible students through the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). The emergency aid is for enrolled Spring 2021 students who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible students will be notified in March through their RiverMail email address, and directions to apply for funds will be included in that communication. The one-time awards are grants and do not have to be paid back by the student. Awards will be based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), so students must have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file. Students are also encouraged to set up a direct deposit account within Workday if they haven’t already done so.
2020 IRSC CARES Act Funding Information
With the passage of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Indian River State College (IRSC) has qualified for funding to assist students impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. These funds are currently designated for students that attended IRSC in the spring 2020 semester. The funding is limited and will be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
|Date||Total Number of Students Awarded||Total CARES Act Funds Awarded|
|June 1, 2020||3,414||$1,730,250|
|July 7, 2020 (end of round 1)||5,457||$2,730,150|
|August 17, 2020 (end of round 2)||5,635||$4,336,050|
|October 16, 2020||6,103||$4,776,547|
Indian River State College (IRSC) is pleased to announce that it has completed distribution of $4,776,547.00 in CARES Act grant monies to 6,102 eligible students impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The dissemination of funds, made possible through the passage of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was one of several initiatives that IRSC has implemented to ease financial hardship, encourage uninterrupted educational attainment, and promote physical and mental well-being for members of its campus communities during COVID-19.
Disbursements of CARES Act grant monies began in May and concluded this month. The College followed the strict guidance of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) in its interpretation of the CARES Act funding, particularly with respect to eligibility of the awards. Award amounts were determined in alignment with student anticipated need, per Expected Family Contribution, and based upon both the total number of eligible students and total amount of funding made available to IRSC.
July 15, 2020 Update:
IRSC is pleased to announce plans to begin its next round of awarding CARES Act dollars to students. With our remaining award from the Department of Education, we will extend CARES Act funding to students attending courses in the Summer (to include Summer A, B, and / or full summer terms).
Eligibility requirements and award amounts are unchanged, and are outlined below.
Students will receive information via email notifying them of their eligibility and next steps. Any students who believe they may be eligible but have yet to complete a FAFSA should do so as soon as possible. As a reminder, money will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. This round of funding will end on August 6 or whenever all funds are disbursed.
June 18, 2020 Update:
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published an interim federal rule (IFR) rescinding CARES Act funding eligibility for students in non-Title IV eligible programs and/or not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Indian River State College is disappointed with the timing of the IFR as it conflicts with our recently approved expansion of CARES Act emergency grants to these students from the Spring 2020 semester. A few states have already challenged the IFR in court, however, it is unclear if the status will be challenged in the State of Florida.
At this time, IRSC will honor the awards for students enrolled in non-Title IV programs or students not meeting SAP requirements during Spring 2020 who have completed their application and are awaiting disbursement. The College must pause its fulfillment of any CARES Act awards to this group of students moving forward.
June 11, 2020 Update:
With updated guidance from the U. S. Department of Education IRSC has removed the requirement that students be enrolled in a Title IV program (one that qualifies for financial aid funding). All students who attended IRSC during the spring 2020 semester may now apply for CARES Act funds provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. Eligibility criteria may now be demonstrated and verified by submission of either the 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
June 3, 2020 Update:
With updated guidance from the U. S. Department of Education, IRSC has adjusted its process and will now permit students to apply for CARES Act funds regardless of SAP status, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements.
According to guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (updated per the June 17, 2020, interim federal rule) students must meet the following criteria to qualify for the funds:
- Students must have attended IRSC during the spring 2020 semester;
- Students must be pursuing an IRSC college degree or certificate program (one that is eligible for financial aid funding): and
- Students must meet the following criteria, which needs to be demonstrated and verified
by submission of the 2019–2020 or the 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student
- Valid social security number;
- Be a U.S. citizen or have other qualifying citizenship;
- Earned high school diploma or GED; and
- Registered for selective service (before the age of 26; for male students)
NOTE: If you have yet to do so, you can access and complete the FAFSA here. Students who complete a FAFSA may be eligible for stimulus dollars even if they do not meet income requirements for Pell funding.
The CARES Act excludes some students from eligibility (updated per the June 17, 2020 interim federal rule). Per the U.S. Dept. of Education, the following students may not receive CARES Act funding:
- Dual Enrollment students
- Adult Education Program students
- Non-Citizen students
- Students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards at the start of the spring 2020 term
- Students who withdrew from the spring 2020 term prior to March 27, 2020, the date the CARES Act was enacted
- Students who were enrolled in a fully online program prior to March 13, 2020, the date the President declared a National Emergency as a result of COVID-19
Process to Apply for CARES Act Emergency Grants
IRSC has taken steps to identify the student cohort (6,423 students initally, an additional 602 on June 3, and an additional 200 on June 11) eligible to apply for CARES Act funding based on the criteria listed above. These students will be sent a text if a cell phone number is on file, and/or emailed more information to their RiverMail address. Instructions on how to proceed with the application process will be included in the email.
Eligible Students with No FAFSA on File
The College has also identified an additional cohort of students (1,956 students initially, an additional 767 on June 3, and 2,203 more on June 11) that can qualify for CARES Act funding should they complete a FAFSA and have it on file with the College. These students will be sent a text if a cell phone number is on file, and/or emailed further instructions on how to complete the FAFSA promptly, and any additional steps they need to take at this time.
Potentially Eligible—Meet Criteria, No Email from IRSC
Students who attended IRSC in the spring 2020 semester and feel certain that they meet the listed criteria for CARES Act funding eligibility, but did not receive an email, are encouraged to contact IRSC beginning May 19 with their name, student ID number, and phone number.
The College will review each request for CARES Act eligibility, and notify students of their statuses.
Not Eligible, Needs Assistance
IRSC understands the CARES Act grants won’t cover every student that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted. Students that are in need of emergency or immediate assistance in order to maintain their academic progress may qualify for other funding opportunities, including federal financial aid and/or limited scholarships available through the IRSC Foundation.
2020 Award Amounts & Disbursement
Indian River State College is making the CARES Act funding available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The one-time awards are grants and do not have to be paid back by the student.
Award amounts vary. Maximum awards are $600 per student; minimum awards are $300 per student.
Distribution of awards is based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated in the FAFSA on file. This means that if a student is eligible for a lot of federal financial aid, they are likely to receive more CARES Act funding; likewise, if a student isn’t eligible for federal financial aid, they may only receive the minimum CARES Act award.
|EFC on FAFSA||IRSC CARES Act Award|