CRRSAA Emergency Grant Information at Normandale
In late December 2020, federal legislation was passed to provide economic relief to individuals and organizations dealing with the ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This legislation-titled the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (or CRRSAA)-provided supplemental funding to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for colleges and universities in the United States.
Under this legislation, Normandale received $2,401,288 in funding that is being used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for emergency financial assistance for students with exceptional need. Normandale has also committed to spending $2,598,712 of the institutional portion of the funding, to provide a total of $5 million in funds for student financial assistance. Normandale will distribute these funds through two awarding methods:
- Direct payment CRRSA Awards for Pell and State Grant eligible students based on the students 2020-21 FAFSA results
- Emergency funds by application
Normandale Community College defined students with exceptional need as having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on their 2020-21 FAFSA that would make them eligible for a Federal Pell Grant or Minnesota State Grant. Pell Grant recipients were identified by the U.S. Department of Education as a priority group for exceptional need. We are also including Minnesota State Grant recipients, as they are students from low- and moderate- income families determined through criteria by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Approval of the spending plan was given both by student leaders and the Minnesota State Chancellor's Office.
Students who were enrolled for the Spring 2021 term and met this qualification were given a direct payment of $1300 on Tuesday, April 6. This direct payment is to cover the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. All payments were sent directly to students by check or direct deposit. For students whose emergency expenses include an unpaid tuition or fees balance, they were given instruction on how to make payment to Normandale.
Based on regulatory direction from the federal Department of Education, students who are either on DACA or Dream Act eligible, as well as International students with an F1 VISA status in SEVIS are not eligible for CRRSAA funding. However, they may apply for institutional emergency grant funding through the Normandale Cares Emergency Grant application.
Concurrent high school students and students enrolled entirely non-credit courses (continuing education) are not eligible for emergency funding. If students were attending more than one Minnesota State college or university, the direct payment amount may be adjusted to receive a total of $1300 from all CRRSAA funds.
If you need additional financial support, funds are available through the Normandale Cares grant program. For more information, go to normandale.edu/normandalecares To apply, click on the application link.
Differing lists of students who were eligible for the emergency funds listed above, received email communications about the funds on March 30 - April 6.
For students who were not eligible based on the 2020-21 FAFSA results but have had a change of income, they were encouraged to complete the COVID-19 special circumstance form. This allows consideration for financial aid based on 2020 income/unemployment, rather that the 2018 information entered on the 2020-21 FAFSA. This was one portion of our effort to meet the requirements of the American Rescue Plan requirement that we conduct outreach to students who may have had a change of income.