HEERF III - American Rescue Plan

Quarterly Budget and Expenditures by Colleges

Cañada College (September 30, 2021)  

College of San Mateo (September 30, 2021)  

Skyline College (September 30, 2021)  

Public Disclosure

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion

The San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College) received $23,248,192 and will allot 50% of the CRRSAA HEERF III funds received for emergency grants to students. Of these funds, 50% will be disbursed in the FALL 2021. As needed, additional funds may be reallocated for the Spring 22 semester.

The total amount of HEERF III funds allocated to school from the Department of Education.

  • Cañada College – $5,085,835
  • College of San Mateo – $8,156,194
  • Skyline College – $10,006,163

The total amount of emergency grants distributed to students as of September 30, 2021.

  • Cañada College – $871,813
  • College of San Mateo – $2,640,525
  • Skyline College – $3,223,450

The estimated number of students eligible to participate in the emergency grant program.

  • Cañada College – 3,431
  • College of San Mateo – 3,981
  • Skyline College – 3,743

The total number of students who have received emergency grants under the CRRSAA HEERF III as of September 30, 2021.

  • Cañada College – 492
  • College of San Mateo – 1,458
  • Skyline College – 1,781

The method(s) used to determine which students received the emergency grants and how much they received.

Summer 2021 Awarding:

  • Undocumented and/or ESL students in enrolled in less than half-time were awarded a $975 grant. Students needed to demonstrate financial need based on application type (FAFSA, CADAA or CCPG) and Cost of Attendance or self-certification of COVID-19 financial impact

Fall 2021 Phases of Awarding:

  • Phase 1
    • Pell recipients including homeless, former foster youth, and veterans with self-certification Title IV eligibility if a non-FAFSA filer
  • Phase 2
    • Non-Pell FAFSA filers
    • California College Promise Grant (CCPG) recipients
  • Phase 3
    • Students demonstrating financial need based on application type (FAFSA, CADAA or CCPG) and Cost of Attendance or self-certification of COVID-19 financial impact

Students ineligible to receive funds:

  • Dropped all courses prior to September 7, 2021
  • Students enrolled as special admission high school students

Grant Amount:

  • Pell Recipients:
    • $2,750 Full-Time (12+ units)
    • $2,000 Part-Time (6-11.5 units)
  • Non-Pell Recipients:
    • $1,625 Full-Time (12+ units)
    • $1,250 Part-Time (6-11.5 units)

Note: For students who do not claim their full or partial award, funds will be canceled and re-awarded to another student. However, this is done only after multiple attempts at communicating with the student. One communication includes a 10-day final notice that funds will be canceled if they don’t claim their award refund. For students who only claim a portion of their award, their total award will differ from the amounts listed above.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided to students concerning the emergency grants. All students received a notification when they were awarded HEERF III funds. The notification explained what the money could be used for, refund how to check their award status to determine if the student needs to submit documentation of a COVID-19 financial impact.