Brookdale Community College HEERF Act Fund Frequently Asked Questions
What is the HEERF Act?
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided funding to colleges in two installments, nationwide for emergency student financial aid to be distributed to enrolled students.
- The fist authorization was under the CARES Act and for students who were Financial aid eligible and had expenses impacted by the COVID–19 virus. Brookdale distributed their allocation of the CARES Emergency Grant by providing a one-time grant for each term offered, on a “first come, first served” basis beginning with the Spring 2020 term and continued until the Summer 2021 term. Funding for the CARES Act has been depleted and is no longer available.
- The second and as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II), in accordance with Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), HEERF II is for current students with exceptional need to be used for or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including health care) or child care. Students must be matriculated in a program, registered and currently attending classes, have completed a FAFSA with a valid Social Security number and meet the citizenship, or eligible non-citizenship as per the FAFSA. If you have not completed a FAFSA, you may do so at www.FAFSA.gov.
Who is eligible to apply for HEERF II?
You may not need to apply! If you completed a FAFSA, with a valid Social Security number and meet the citizenship, or eligible non-citizenship definition as per the FAFSA, and have a verified EFC of 7000 or less, you will not need to apply. Brookdale will identify if you are eligible and provide a HEERF Grant to you automatically. You will receive an email notifying you of your award.
If I am required to complete an application, how do I apply?
If you completed your FAFSA and with a valid Social Security number and meet the citizenship, or eligible non-citizenship definition as per the FAFSA, and have a verified EFC of 7001 or more, you will receive an email with a link to the application. Invitations to apply are sent out weekly beginning the first week of September. Selections will be made on a first come first-served basis.
What if I did not get anything in my Brookdale email?
If you have not received an application you do not meet the requirements. If you enroll during Fall and meet the requirements at that time, there will be another opportunity to apply.
How much money can I get?
Selections will be made on a first come first served basis. Each student selected will receive a lump sum of the same amount. The final determination will be based on the applicant pool and funds available. Currently, awards are $1000.00 but are subject to change. You may not receive more than one HEERF II fund award per reporting term.
How will I know if I have been selected?
An email will be sent to your Brookdale email account letting you know the results of your eligibility. Selections will be made based on your enrollment status for the active term, eligibility requirements and on a first come first served bases until funds available are depleted.
When will I receive the funds?
Applicants will be reviewed after the add/drop period of the term and transmitted each week thereafter. Upon final approval, the funds will be released to you within one week.
How will I receive the funds?
The funds will be released to you based on your selected refund preference. Please sign up for the e-check process now. In Web Advisor under Financial Information click on My Preferred Refund Method. If you do not sign up for the e-check process, a check will be mailed to the address we have on your college record, which could delay receipt of funds.
How can I spend the money?
You may spend the money for any component of your cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including health care), or child care.
Are there other funds available if I am not financial aid eligible or do not get selected? Please watch for information from the Brookdale Community College Foundation.
What if I have other questions? You can email COVIDquestions@brookdalecc.edu or call The One-Stop Call Center at 732-224-2020