Covid Relief Funds for Students

Updates on HEERF CARES, CRRSAA and ARPA funds available to students affected by the pandemic.

Distribution of CARES/CRRSAA/ARP Funds (3/31/22)

Occidental College has signed and submitted the CARES, CRRSAA and ARP Funding Certifications and Agreements for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students to the Department of Education.

Occidental has been awarded $3,351,296 from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of March 31, 2022, Occidental College has distributed $3,294,703 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Occidental has distributed the following Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

During the Spring 2020 semester Occidental distributed $500,767 of CARES funds to 362 Pell recipients and $180,174 to 169 non-Pell recipients, for a total distribution of $680,941.

During the Spring 2021 semester the balance of CARES student grant funds of $56,396 was distributed and $374,906 of the CRRSAA student grant funds was distributed as of June 30, 2021. $324,000 was distributed to 324 Pell recipients and $107,302 was distributed to 163 non-Pell recipients. 

During the Fall 2021 semester the balance of the CRRSAA student grant funds of $362,431 was distributed and $706,619 of ARP student grant funds was distributed as of December 31, 2021.  $384,100 was distributed to 334 Pell recipients and $684,950 was distributed to 1431 non-Pell recipients.Some of the emergency grants awarded in Fall 2021were distributed in early Jan 2022 as students had not provided payment delivery preference prior to Dec 31. $59,800 in student grants were distributed to 200 students in early Jan 2022.

During the Spring 2022 semester Occidental awarded the remainder of ARP student grant funds.  $380,450 was distributed to 326 Pell recipients and $673,160 was distributed to 1422 non-Pell recipients.  

During the Spring  2022 semester there were 1935 students eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants.

During Spring 2022, 1935 students were awarded an Emergency Financial Aid Grant. Of the 1935 students who were awarded emergency grants, 1748

 students have either received an e-refund/check or instructed the college to apply grant to outstanding student account balance, We are awaiting instructions from 187 students regarding payment delivery preference.

Occidental used the following method to determine grant amount distributed to each student:  All students were placed into categories based upon their calculated expected family contribution according to federal and institutional policies. Those students with the lowest expected family contributions were determined to have the greatest financial need, with gradations of need determined so that all students received some form of support. Grants ranged from $200 to $1170

Here are the complete instructions provided to students regarding Spring 2022 Emergency Financial Aid Grants funding:

As an Oxy student this semester, you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 relief grant.

During the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years Occidental was able to provide COVID-19 relief grants to students using Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds from the federal CARES and CRRSAA acts. Both of these acts stipulate that only students eligible for federal financial aid are eligible to receive these funds. This past fall, under the terms of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), the College was able to distribute additional relief grants to all enrolled students, regardless of whether they were eligible for federal financial aid. 

Half of the ARP funds were distributed in the fall 2021 semester, with the remaining half held for distribution this spring semester. This was to ensure that all students who enrolled during the 2021/22 academic year received a grant. The amount of each grant is based on financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office, with larger grants going to students with the greatest financial need. The spring semester grant amounts range from $200 to $1,170.

You DO NOT have to submit an application in order to receive an ARP grant. The Business Office will post spring semester grants to all student accounts on Tuesday, March 15.  Students will receive an email from Student Business Services with details about how to receive the grant. These funds can be used for any component of your cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. Please note that COVID-19 relief grants are not considered taxable income.

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