Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds at ICC (HEERF)

Independence Community College is the recipient of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds through the CARES Act (March 2020), Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA, 2020), and American Rescue Plan (ARPA, 2021). Each of these funds includes direct student aid awarded to ICC students to assist them in reaching their educational goals through financial support. 

For more information about how ICC is utilizing Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, please visit our reporting page HERE.

Students can find information about direct student grants available to them by selecting the term you are insterested in attending:

Summer 2021 students will be awarded Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA, 2020). Students do not need to apply in order to receive direct student grants; all eligible students will automatically receive some direct grant aid. To qualify for direct student aid, students must meet the mimum criteria:

  • Be enrolled in Summer 2021 term (any session)
  • International and DACA students must submit an application HERE

Priority will be given to those students who demonstrate exceptional financial need as calculated using the 2020-21 FAFSA. 

The full awarding policy is available HERE

Students may authorize their direct aid be used to pay for any outstanding educationally-related charges by completing this authorization form. An award of direct student aid is not contingent upon authorzing the aid to be applied to outstanding charges. 

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 students will be awarded Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA, 2021). Students do not need to apply in order to receive direct student grants; all eligible students will automatically receive direct grant aid. In order to best address the financial needs of students, HEERF aid will be awarded to students owing any required tuition and/or fees to ICC after any other grant or scholarship aid is applied.

To qualify for direct student aid, students must meet the mimum criteria:

  • Be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours (any session)
  • Be a certificate- or degree-seeking student
  • International and DACA students must submit application for aid HERERegular students need not submit any application.

Priority will be given to those students who demonstrate exceptional financial need as calculated using the 2021-22 FAFSA

The full awarding policy is available HERE

Students may authorize their direct aid be used to pay for any outstanding educationally-related charges by completing this authorization form. An award of direct student aid is not contingent upon authorzing the aid to be applied to outstanding charges. 

ICC NOW (high school) students enrolled beginning Fall 2021 will be awarded Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA, 2021). Students do not need to apply in order to receive direct student grants; all eligible students will automatically receive direct grant aid.

To qualify for direct student aid, students must meet the mimum criteria:

  • Be enrolled in one three credit-hour general education coure resulting in a balance owed to ICC of $195

The full awarding policy is available HERE

Students may authorize their direct aid be used to pay for any outstanding educationally-related charges by completing this authorization form. An award of direct student aid is not contingent upon authorzing the aid to be applied to outstanding charges. 

Posted July 13, 2021 - Independence Community College is pleased to announce the use of the Higher Emergency Education Relief Funds to pay outstanding debt owed by ICC Students. To date, the funds have covered $504,820, helping over 420 students impacted by Covid-19 during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

Another $72,125 was issued in direct student grants to 63 former students owing balances to ICC.

“ICC is committed to providing our students and our community with a quality, affordable education,” stated Dr. Vincent Bowhay, ICC President. “Thanks to this historic investment, students can enroll for the 2021-2022 term with a clean slate. I am proud of the opportunities we are creating for students to continue their academic journey at ICC.”

The ICC Admissions team is ready to help those impacted students get re-enrolled with ICC and back on track to reach their degree and certificate goals. Students can reach out to the team at (620) 332-5400 or at admissions@indycc.edu to get back to ICC for Fall classes beginning August 11th.

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