COVID-19 Financial Aid

Emergency Financial Support

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)

STCC has received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) through the Department of Education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of the funds disbursed shall be used for making emergency assistance grants directly to students. Priority for awarding emergency grants will be given to students with exceptional financial need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students who are not Pell recipients or are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses are also eligible to apply for an emergency assistance grant. In most cases, the maximum amount of an emergency grant will not exceed the maximum amount of a Federal Pell Grant. A student is eligible for only one grant, and only one application will be considered per student.

A student may use an emergency grant to pay for any component of his/her cost of attendance, including an outstanding account balance and/or tuition and fees, as well as for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. In order to be eligible for an emergency assistance grant, a student must be currently registered and complete the COVID-19 Application for Emergency Financial Aid Grant in its entirety.

Student Empowerment Fund

The Student Empowerment Fund is designed to assist students who encounter an unexpected, short-term financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education. Our goal is to assist students so that they may continue their studies and successfully complete their coursework. Submit a Student Empowerment Fund Request. If you have questions, please refer to the Student Empowerment Fund Guidelines.

Reporting Requirements for Student Portion of the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund

The Department of Education has released the following reporting guidelines for institutions that have received the student portion of their Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocation, which will be used to make emergency grants to students. Springfield Technical Community College acknowledges that they have signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that this institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students. The allocation that STCC received was $3,845,054, of two separate awards of $1,922,527 (student portion) and $1,922,527 (institutional portion).

The following information is as of March 31, 2022:

  • Total amount spent to date - $1,922,527.00
  • Final cumulative number of students - 4,137 (unduplicated)

Spring 2020

  • A total of $997,426 were distributed to STCC students. 
  • Approximately 2,803 students at this institution may be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.
  • 2,767 students have received an emergency financial aid grant.
  • STCC used estimated costs of $350 associated with increased electricity and internet costs that its students may have incurred when switched to a remote learning environment as a result of the STCC campus shutting down during the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID-19 for students that met Title IV eligibility criteria. STCC is continuing to fund students for specific costs they are submitting using our CARES Act request form.

Fall 2020

  • A total of $875,303.00 were distributed to STCC students. 
  • Approximately 2,920 students at this institution may be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.
  • 2,791 students have received an emergency financial aid grant.
  • STCC used estimated costs of $300 associated with increased electricity and internet costs that its students may have incurred when switched to a remote learning environment as a result of the STCC campus shutting down during the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID-19 for students that met Title IV eligibility criteria. STCC is continuing to fund students for specific costs they are submitting using our CARES Act request form.

Spring 2021

  • Total CARES - Student portion spent in Spring 2021 - $49,068.95 
  • Total number of students in Spring 2021 - 48 (unduplicated).  

Fall 2021

  • Total CARES - Student portion spent in Fall 2021 - $729.05
  • Total number of students in Fall 2021 – 1

Students that have met the criteria for Title IV eligibility and felt they had additional costs associated with the campus closure, were directed to complete a CARES fund request form.

Public Reporting for Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional, and Section 18004(a)(2) and (a)(3)

Reporting Requirements for Student Portion of the CRRSAA Act Emergency Relief Fund

The Department of Education has released the following reporting guidelines for institutions that have received the student portion of their Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocation, which will be used to make emergency grants to students. Springfield Technical Community College acknowledges that they have signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that this institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students. The student portion of the allocation that STCC received was $1,922,527.

The following information is as of March 31, 2022:

  • Total amount spent to date - $1,922,527.00
  • Cumulative number of students – 3,226 (unduplicated)

Fall 2020

  • Total CRRSSA – Student portion spent in Fall 2020: $88,668.36
  • Total number of students in Fall 2020 - 65

Spring 2021

  • 3,039 students received block checks for increased utility and internet expenses.
  • Total CRRSAA- Student portion spent in Spring 2021 - 1,530,549.54
  • Total number of students in Spring 2021 – 3,039

Summer 2021

  • Total CRRSAA – Student portion spent in Summer 2021 - $268,481.80
  • Total number of students in Summer 2021 – 696

Fall 2021

  • Total CRRSAA – Student portion spent in Fall 2021 - $34,827.30
  • Total number of students in Fall 2021 – 46

Public Reporting for Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional, and Section 18004(a)(2) and (a)(3)

Reporting Requirements for Student Portion of the ARPA Act Emergency Relief Fund

The Department of Education has released the following reporting guidelines for institutions that have received the student portion of their Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocation, which will be used to make emergency grants to students. Springfield Technical Community College acknowledges that they have signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that this institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students. The student portion of the allocation that STCC received was $7,082,183.

The following reporting is as of March 31, 2022

  • Total ARPA spent to date - $5,302,735.06
  • Cumulative number of students – 3,542 (unduplicated)

Summer 2020

  • Total ARPA funds spent to date - $167.00
  • Total number of students receiving ARPA funds – 1 (unduplicated)

Fall 2020

  • Total ARPA funds spent to date - $23,833.80
  • Total number of students receiving ARPA funds – 29 (unduplicated)

Spring 2021

  • Total ARPA funds spent to date - $31,256.13
  • Total number of students receiving ARPA funds – 36 (unduplicated)

Summer 2021

  • Total ARPA funds spent to date - $21,401.11
  • Total number of students receiving ARPA funds – 33 (unduplicated)

Fall 2021

  • Total ARPA funds spent to date - $4,885,577.02
  • Total number of students receiving ARPA funds – 3,435 (unduplicated)

Spring 2022

  • Total ARPA funds spent to date - $340,500.00
  • Total number of students receiving ARPA funds – 544 (unduplicated)

Public Reporting for Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional, and Section 18004(a)(2) and (a)(3)

Reporting Requirements for Student Portion of the Supplemental Financial Support Grant Fund

The Department of Education has released the following reporting guidelines for institutions that have received the student portion of their Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocation, which will be used to make emergency grants to students. Springfield Technical Community College acknowledges that they have signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that this institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students. The allocation that STCC received in the Supplemental Financial Support Grant was $2,036,494.

The following reporting is as of March 31, 2022

  • Total Supplemental Aid spent to date - $2,034,696.10
  • Cumulative number of students – 2,384 (unduplicated)

Fall 2021

  • Total Supplemental Aid spent to date - $2,946.10
  • Total number of students receiving Supplemental Aid – 1 (unduplicated)

Spring 2022

  • Total Supplemental Aid spent to date - $2,031,750.00
  • Total number of students receiving Supplemental Aid – 2,383 (unduplicated)

HEERF Public Reporting for Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional, and Section 18004(a)(2) and (a)(3)