CARES and CRRSA Emergency Funds Request
CARES, CRRSA and ACT funding
New Mexico Junior College has received federal funding from the Higher Education Relief Fund I, III and III (HEERF I, II, and III) in accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), and the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ACT) respectively. These provide the U.S. Department of Education with funds to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
Unlike the CARES Act, which funded the first emergency grants to students in 2020, the CRRSA and ACT require that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or eligible for Pell grants to be identified as having exceptional need. Our application process asks students to identify and attest to their need as a result of the coronavirus in order to prioritize awards. Additionally, to meet this requirement, NMJC has developed a tiered system to distribute the emergency grants to students while funding is available.
Tier 1 – Each semester, beginning Spring 2021, Pell-eligible students will receive a $1,000 distribution, no emergency grant application necessary.
Tier 2 – Each semester, beginning Spring 2021, students that have submitted a FAFSA, have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $100 or less, and were not included in Tier 1 distributions will receive a $1,000 distribution, no emergency grant application necessary.
Tier 3 - The remaining funds are available for students who have additional expenses or incurred hardships because of COVID-19. Students may submit a request for these emergency funds by completing the application located below. Please note that students who receive the Tier 1 or Tier 2 distributions are eligible to apply for Tier 3 funds.
These emergency grants may be used for any additional costs or un-met needs the student or their family have faced as a result of the coronavirus national health emergency such as:
- tuition, course fees, course materials
- health care (including mental health care)
- child care
- other expenses that do not fit in above categories or that are exceptional, such as loss or reduction of employment.
NOTE: Even if you received money from the Cares Act or HEERF in a previous semester, you are eligible to apply for additional funds.
Application for Funds
In order to access the Tier 3 funds, you must complete this application. NMJC will review your application and you will be contacted within 7 days at your NMJC email address notifying you of your application approval / denial or asking for additional information.
You MAY be eligible for CRRSAA funding if you have been enrolled at NMJC anytime since March 13, 2020. New guidelines have expanded eligibility to all students.
The Tier 1 & 2 automatic award to Pell students will be for $1,000 each. The Tier 3 application based awards will be $500 per student on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funding has been disbursed.
Questions regarding the CARES, CRRSA and ACT funding at NMJC can be directed to email@example.com or 575.392.5172
Student FAQ’s and links to these Department of Ed FAQ’s: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/studentfaqs515.pdf
See the June 30 2020 Report of the Institutional Portion for HEERF I, II & III.
See the June 30 2021 Report of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students - for HEERF I, II & III.
See the March 31 2020 Report of the Institutional Portion for HEERF II.
See the March 31 2021 Report of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students - for HEERF I & II.
See the December 31 2020 Report of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.
See the September 30 2020 Report of the Institutional Portion the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
See the September 30 2020 Report of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.
See the August 20 2020 Report of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.
See the July 6 2020 Report of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.
See the May 22 2020 report of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants to students.