Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) Student Emergency Grants

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 22, 2021, provides support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 11, 2020, Tulsa Community College entered into an Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education that allowed TCC to distribute CARES grants to students. This original agreement is still in effect and constitutes TCC’s ongoing agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. TCC is authorized to distribute $16,526,238.00 in HEERF III emergency financial aid grants to eligible students consistent with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education provided guidance to aid Colleges in how to distribute these funds. The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to provide quarterly updates on the use of HEERF funds, the following information is in compliance with this requirement. More information about this and future posting requirements can be found at HEERF Reporting - Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Tulsa Community College began awarding monies to federally eligible students during the Fall 2021 semester, prioritizing students with exceptional needs. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive HEERF III grants during the fall semester was 7,699. The College used a tiered approach to distribute funds based upon Title IV federal student aid eligibility and estimated family contribution (EFC), focusing on students with the greatest demonstrated need:

EFC Range HEERF Grant Amount (aid awarded prior to 8-10-21)

HEERF Grant Amount (aid awarded 8-11-21 – 10 -01-21)

0 – 2,500 $1,800 $1,200
2,501 – 3,500 $1,500 $900
3,501 – 6,500 $1,200 $600
6,501 – 22,000 $1,600 $1,000
22,001 + $200 $200

Institutional Quarterly Fund Reports

2021 Reports

2022 Reports

HEERF III Grants

Learn more about how the student grant funds will be treated for tax purposes.

Period Start Period End Total Students Awarded Total Money Disbursed
7/1/21 7/31/21 0 0
8/1/21 8/31/21 0 0
9/1/21 9/30/21 5,233 $7,713,300.00
10/1/21 10/31/21 113 $120,300.00
11/1/21 11/30/21 36 $45,300.00
12/1/21 12/31/21 1,578 $1,342,300.00
01/01/22 1/31/22 16 $14,900.00
02/01/22 2/28/22 5,372 $5,361,950.00
03/01/22 3/31/22 343 $156,275.00

Student Emergency Grants

To help support retention and degree completion, TCC created an application available to degree-seeking students who continued to experience COVID-19 related hardships and needed rapid-response emergency support. Degree-seeking students were eligible to submit applications outlining types of COVID-19 related emergency needs. TCC tried to meet students’ needs up to approx. $500.

Period Start Period End Total Student Paid Paid Amount
9/1/21 9/30/21 0 $0.00
10/1/21 10/31/21 0 $0.00
11/1/21 11/30/21 0 $0.00
12/1/21 12/31/21 1,044 $518,498.00
01/01/22 1/31/22 67 $33,200.00
02/01/22 2/28/22 4 $2,000.00
03/01/22 3/31/22 0 $0.00

TCC’s next quarterly update will be on or before June 10, 2022.