Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) has received $1,293,202 for emergency grants to eligible students from the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and 2021 Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II.
The following are the federal eligibility requirements that students must meet when being considered for CARES/CRRSAA HEERF funds.
- Students must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours in the Spring 2021 semester at PVCC as of April 1, 2021.
- Students must be in a degree or certificate program that is eligible for federal financial aid.
- A valid 2020-2021 FAFSA with a calculated expected family contribution (EFC) must be on file at PVCC.
- Students must demonstrate exceptional need as determined by the FAFSA. At PVCC this is defined as having an EFC within the range of 0-7000. Students with an EFC above 7,000 will not be considered for funds.
- Must be able to participate in Federal Student Aid Programs (this excludes DACA, undocumented, international students, and high school students).
- Male students who are over the age of 18 must be registered with Selective Service.
- Must have earned a high school diploma, GED or homeschool certification.
- Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements during the eligible term receiving HEERF I or HEERF II grants.
- Must be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident, Refugee or Visa type of “U” or “T.” Arizona law requires that students who are seeking state or federal aid provide verification of lawful presence.
- Cannot be in default or grant overpayment.
Note: Students can only receive funding from one institution. If they are enrolled at multiple colleges, they will receive funds from the college where they have the majority of their enrolled hours.
There is no separate grant application required. Students who have a valid 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at PVCC and meet eligibility requirements will be considered for funding.
Disbursement Information Process
Grants ranging from $850 - $1,000 will be awarded to eligible students based on general eligibility requirements, financial need and spring 2021 enrollment as of April 1, 2021. Eligible and selected students will receive a CRRSAA grant posted to the refund method listed in their Student Center. Students can monitor their Maricopa student email for updates.
There are only two ways that students who were not considered for funds could be reconsidered. If they are determined to be eligible for funds, AND if funds are available, they may be considered for funds. It’s important to note that funding is limited and not guaranteed.
No FAFSA on File at PVCC:
Students who did not complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA and are enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester can complete one until June 1, 2021. Students who are enrolled for the Summer 2021 semester can complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA until June 30, 2021. Students will need to file the FAFSA, and submit any additional requested documents.
Did Not Meet Exceptional Need Qualification:
Students who had an EFC over 7,000 were not considered for funds as they did not meet the exceptional need qualification. However, if there has there has been a change in their financial situation (or their parent’s financial situation for dependent students) since completing their FAFSA, they should reach out to the PVCC Financial Aid Team to discuss if an income reduction appeal would be an option.
Other Financial Resources for Students in Need
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Review funding opportunities with the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation
- Maricopa Basic Needs and Community Resources
If you have a specific CRRSAA Act question that was not answered above you can call the Financial Aid Answer Center 1-855-622-2332.