The Cares Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Funds
were allocated in three phases and may be referred to as Cares Act, HEERF II and HEERF
III. Eligibility criteria changes for HEERF are noted below.
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for the CARES Act/HEERF Emergency
- The student incurred (or will incur) expenses directly related to the disruption of
campus operations due to coronavirus on after March 13, 2020, resulting in financial
- The student was/is eligible to receive Title IV funding (i.e. has filed a FAFSA.)
Note: Effective May 11, 2021: Students are no longer required to be eligible for Title
- The student attended NCC on or after March 13, 2020.
Specific expenses may vary, but can include expenses included in the cost of attendance,
such as food, housing, technology software and hardware, tuition, course material,
child-care, and transportation.
Lost wages or expenses you would have incurred even if campus operations had not been
As of May 11, 2021, International students, Dreamers and other undocumented students
may be eligible for an emergency grant if they attended NCC after March 13, 2020 and
experienced financial hardship due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
No. Funds will be given directly to students for the expenses incurred as a result
of the pandemic. You may use the funds to pay an outstanding balance at NCC that was
incurred due to attendance after March 13, 2020.
You do not have to repay a CARES Act Emergency Aid Grant. The CARES Act Emergency
Aid Grant funds are designed to be a grant (gift aid) and is not a loan.
The grant will not impact your financial aid.
Tax or reporting requirements regarding receipt of a CARES Act Emergency Aid Grant
can be found on the IRS website.
NCC has partnered with BankMobile to disburse refunds to our students! Cares Act grant
funds will be refunded to students based on your refund preference selected with BankMobile.
If you have not selected a preference, update your refund option immediately at RefundSelection.com.
If you already have a personal code, you can enter it here. If you don’t have a personal
code, you can request one. This is to ensure that your refund reaches you in a timely
manner. Failure to select a refund preference may delay receipt of your funds.