Greetings CCA -
We recently received notification that the Department of Education will automatically extend the performance period for all open Higher Education Emergency Funding (HEERF) grants that have balances for over $1,000 to be spent by June 30, 2023. This is excellent news for CCA, as we have available HEERF funding. As a result of this no cost extension, we can continue to provide our students with the funds necessary to help support their educational costs for the 2022-2023 academic year.
To date, our institutional HEERF funding has already helped to eliminate many of the financial barriers that have burdened our students’ persistence during the pandemic and helped to lessen some living expenses and debts. We are fortunate to continue use of this funding to encourage the continuance of students’ academic pathways and program completion, while also supporting our enrollment. On Monday, March 14th, registration opened for students to begin enrolling in classes for summer and fall semesters. I anticipate that students soon will be able to apply for HEERF Emergency funding to be used for their summer semester to help with emergency costs, such as: housing, food, childcare, health care, course materials, technology, tuition costs or other related educational costs. Please keep a look out for an email notification announcing when funds become available in support of summer enrollment.
The overall purpose of this HEERF funding is to provide financial relief to individuals that have been impacted by the pandemic. I am pleased that we have been intentional in our awarding, timely in our response, and have provided students with the funding they requested. Thank you to all who have been involved, and who will continue to be involved in awarding this funding.
Community College of Aurora - let’s continue to strive to be the College where every student succeeds. Take care.
Mordecai Ian Brownlee, Ed.D.
President, Community College of Aurora