KANKAKEE – Kankakee Community College is set to distribute more than $630,000 in federal aid to students for costs incurred on or after March 13, 2020, when the president declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
“KCC students who were enrolled during the Spring 2021, or who are registered for the upcoming Summer or Fall 2021 semesters, are eligible to apply for CRRSAA funds,” said Dr. Jose da Silva, KCC vice president for student affairs. “To be eligible, students don’t have to already be receiving financial aid. For those who do receive financial aid, receiving CRRSAA funds will not affect that money.”
Funding is available for credit division students, as well as non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students. Students who are qualified aliens are also eligible.
“In order to help the students who both want and need additional aid, the process includes an application and a demonstration of need,” da Silva said. “Amounts given will vary by student based on their individual need and financial strain.”
According to Michelle Hasik, director of financial aid at KCC, the whole process will take around two weeks to determine eligibility, process requests, print and send checks.