The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 included additional COVID-19 relief through -the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. This new COVID-19 stimulus bill was signed into law Dec. 27, 2020 and included funding for higher education institutions and students, using the same Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) model established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding must be prioritized to provide emergency grants to students with exceptional financial need. HEERF II financial aid grants for students may be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare), or childcare. The availability of this award is not continuous.
To fulfill the Department of Education’s guidance, USC Sumter will be awarding grants to students across all levels as determined by the FAFSA with amounts ranging from $500 to $1150. Pell Grant recipients currently enrolled full-time will be awarded $1150 and Pell Grant recipients currently enrolled less than full-time will be awarded $900. All other currently enrolled full-time eligible students will receive $575 and currently enrolled less than full-time will be awarded $500.00.
In early June, any HEERF II funding that had been declined by awardees was reallocated to students who accepted an initial HEERF II award and maintained eligibility for Title IV federal student financial aid. This additional award was $76.00 per recipient.
The grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- USC-Sumter has received an official FAFSA as of April 12, 2021
- Meet the Title IV Federal eligibility requirements
- Be a degree-seeking student enrolled for Spring 2021 term as of April 12, 2021
- Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
This one-time award will be placed on the student’s account for Spring 2021 and an award notification email will be sent to students to view their awards on SSC. The student must also accept the certification to receive the funds. However, if you did not incur any expenses, please decline the awards via SSC. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our campus Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or by phone 803-938-3840 . You can also chat with us online.
USC Palmetto College HEERF II Grant FAQs
HEERF II financial aid grants for students may be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare), or child care.
Eligible students are selected automatically based on their enrollment during the Spring 2021 semester and they must meet the additional criteria as stated above.
Eligible students will have the award posted to Self Service Carolina. After the acceptance of the award, the HEERF II Grant will be direct deposited into your bank accounts or a refund check in the mail.
The HEERF II Grant will be refunded regardless of any outstanding balance on your account.
No, the HEERF II Grant does not have to be repaid.