Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
On March 22, 2021, Northland Community & Technical College began disbursing Student Aid funds to students via both automatic and application grants. The funds are from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and are governed by federal guidelines.
Yes, if you meet eligibility the eligibility requirements listed above. Note: CRRSAA expanded the eligibility for student funding to include fully online students and those taking non-credit courses (which were not included in CARES Act eligibility).
Yes, as long as the student can explain why they need the additional funds on their CRRSAA Emergency Grant application. Note: The CRRSAA Base Grant amounts received by a student do NOT count towards the CRRSAA Emergency Grant award maximum of $1,000.
Yes, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
Northland Community & Technical College followed the eligibility criteria established by CRRSAA and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and consulted with students and staff in developing a process and distribution plan for student funds. The distribution plan developed considered Pell Grant Eligibility, Minnesota State Grant Eligibility, EFC calculations and information learned from distributing funds through the CARES Act in 2020.
No. Emergency financial aid grants under CRRSAA for cost of attendance, unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to COVID-19 are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. The grant is not included in your gross income.
Note: Because the emergency financial aid grant is not included in your gross income, you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant including the tuition and fees deduction, the American Opportunity Credit, or the Lifetime Learning Credit. See section 139(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.
For further information, please email Lisa Bottem, Director of Financial Aid, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-683-8544.