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. 

Former students of ICC who still have a balance due to ICC will be awarded Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA, 2021). Former student must apply for direct student aid in order to receive any award. 

The online application is available HERE

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

  • Be enrolled at least half-time since March 13, 2020
  • Be Degree or Certificate-seeking since March 13, 2020
  • Owe any balance to ICC.

Students with the highest need, based on the lowest EFC of the 2019-20, 2020-21 or 2021-22 FAFSA EFC shall receive priority in distribution of grants. Priority shall be given to students with the highest outstanding balance amongst students with EFCs within the same range (using the Pell Grant award chart range). No award shall exceed the total balance owed to ICC.

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. 

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