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Summer COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund Now Open

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2021-06-22T08:01:51+00:00 June 18, 2021|Featured News, News|
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Summer COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund Now Open

  • COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund for summer quarter 2021 is now open and closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29.

Important Note: Due to limited funds, submitting an application does not guarantee funding. In addition, due to the expected large number of submissions, it may take several weeks for approved funding to be sent to students.

Are you a Highline College student with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic? You may qualify for the COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund. Highline College has multiple funding sources available. If you have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, we encourage you to apply. Funding sources include but are not limited to: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA) and Highline College Foundation.

Each eligible student may receive a maximum award of up to $900 for summer quarter. These funds may be applied toward food, rent, tuition and fees, books or course materials, child care and health care, and other educational related needs. Please note: tuition cannot be paid directly from these funds.

Who is Eligible?

Each funding source available has different eligibility criteria. We encourage students who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic to apply. Once we receive your application, our team will determine if you are eligible for any of the funds we have available. However all of our funds do have requirements listed below:

  • Be enrolled for Summer Quarter 2021.
  • Demonstrates financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Update: Undocumented and international students may be eligible.

Process

Students whose applications have been reviewed and finalized will be notified of their funding status every Thursday starting July 8th, 2021. If you have not received an email from the Highline College COVID-19 Financial Relief Funding Team during these Thursday messaging sessions, your application is still in the process of being reviewed. We will do our best to notify you sooner if possible. We expect a large number of applications to be submitted. For those approved for funding, it may take several weeks for the funds to be disbursed to you.

BankMobile Account and Disbursement of Funds

If you have been identified as a student who will receive funding, funding will be disbursed using your refunding preference established with BankMobile. Please be sure your current address is on file with our registration office. For more information about BankMobile, visit the Highline College refunds page. Contact Highline College’s Financial Aid office for additional information about establishing your BankMobile refunding preference.

Disclaimer: Responsibility to pay summer quarter tuition and fees: The funding available is limited, and unfortunately not all students who apply will receive funding. Students who are funded may not receive the total amount requested. Therefore it is important for students to continue to communicate and work with Highline College Cashiers office to cover any balance due.

enter COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund application

View Application Questions: You may view the questions on the application prior to entering the application.

Questions?

Email us at caresfunding@highline.edu with any questions you may have on the COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund.

FAQs


The CRRSSA Act is federal legislation which provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to Highline College, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded to students who are experiencing financial expenses because of the campus disruption in operations due to the coronavirus.


Students are eligible for a maximum of $900 for spring quarter. You must re-apply for funding each quarter. We have a limited amount granted to us, and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students as possible.


Funds do NOT need to be paid back.

Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible. We encourage students who are experiencing financial hardship, who believe they are eligible per the items listed below to apply.

(a) Is a Washington state resident student;
(b) Demonstrates financial need;
(c) Is making satisfactory progress; and
(e) Does not qualify for federally funded student financial aid because of their
citizenship status.

We encourage our Highline students who have undocumented and/or DACA status to consider applying for TRiO for academic support. Visit
the TRiO website for more information.


No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.


Students will only be able to submit the application during the dates and time frames listed above.


The CRRSSA Act Application asks for

  1. Basic information (name, SID, contact information)
  2. A short description for the need you have due to disruption in college operations due to COVID-19
  3. How much funding you are requesting
  4. Provides you an opportunity to add any additional comments or concerns

Identifying student information is not reported to any state or federal agency. Student information is kept confidential and internal for the purpose of these funds.

You do not need a social security number or an ITIN to apply.

Housing/utilities, food, technology, books/supplies, childcare, transportation, health care, other educational related costs.

The eligibility criteria has slightly changed for Spring quarter due to new funding sources. Students who are experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to apply.


The Department of Education has determined that international students are not currently eligible to receive COVID-19 Financial Relief Funds, nor are they eligible to receive Undocumented Student Relief Fund. If a determination is later made that the college can award funds to international students, we will open a separate application process, and notify students via email.

The student population groups listed above maybe eligible as long as they meet other eligibility requirements listed under the “Who is Eligible?” section of this webpage.