To provide direct financial support to students, Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) has received $462,572 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSAA) and $1,866,979 from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) through the CARES Act to help ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These funds are intended to help students with the following types of expenses:

  • Tuition and fees (including student account balances owed)
  • Housing and food
  • Course materials
  • Technology related costs
  • Health care
  • Transportation
  • Childcare expenses

FVCC has developed a grant program to award these funds to students called FVCC CARES. Federal regulations require that students with exceptional financial need, such as those eligible to receive Pell Grants, receive priority. FVCC is utilizing the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2021-2022 FAFSA to determine priority. (See the Expected Family Contribution Levels below.)

AM I ELIGIBLE?

All students enrolled in the Spring 2022 semester are eligible to receive an FVCC CARES Grant.

HOW MUCH WILL I RECEIVE IN THE SPRING 2022 SEMESTER?

In addition to the number of credits in which a student is enrolled, students with the greatest financial need as determined by the student’s EFC from the 2021-2022 FAFSA will receive more financial support than students who did not file a FAFSA or have an EFC greater than $25,000. See the award table below for specific amounts.

 

SPRING AWARD TABLE
Grants are awarded as follows for degree-seeking students:
Spring 2022
Enrolled Credits
EFC 0-10,000EFC 10,001-15,000EFC 15,001-20,000EFC 20,001-25,000EFC >25,000 /
not verified /
no 2021 FAFSA
1 to 2 credits$185$148$111$74$37
3 to 5 credits$556$445$334$222$111
6 to 8 credits$1,159$927$695$464$232
9 to 11 credits$1,716$1,373$1,030$686$343
12 or more credits$2,272$1,818$1,363$900$454

 

RUNNING START AND NON-DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS SPRING AWARD TABLE:
Spring 2022 Enrolled CreditsAmount
1 to 5 credits$25
6 to 8 credits$50
9 to 11 credits$100
12 or more credits$150

 

EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION LEVELS:
High Level of Financial Need:

  • Students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 – $10,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college.

Medium Level of Financial Need:

  • Students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,001 – $15,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college.

Moderate Level of Financial Need:

  • Students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,001 – $20,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college.

Low Level of Financial Need:

  • Students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $20,001 – $25,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college.

Lowest Level of Financial Need:

  • Students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of more than $25,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college.
  • Students without a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college or no verified FAFSA.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE MONEY?

When filling out the FVCC CARES Grant Application, students will choose how to utilize their grant award. Awards designated to cover student account balances will be automatically applied to the student’s account. Otherwise, grant awards will be mailed directly to the student between March 25, 2022 and May 12, 2022. Students will be able to see the amount applied to their account balance through the student portal or by asking at the Business Services Office in Blake Hall.

Any outstanding balance owed to FVCC after the grant has been applied remains the responsibility of the student.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Complete the FVCC CARES Grant Application by March 14, 2022.

WHAT IS THE CRRSAA ACT? WHAT IS THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN OF 2021?

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSAA) is federal legislation that was signed into law December 27, 2020. It provides a variety of emergency financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. The Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF) that provides more than $22 billion in emergency funding to institutions of higher education.

American Rescue Plan
American Rescue Plan (ARP) is federal legislation that was signed into law March 11, 2021, in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF) that provides more than $39.6 billion in emergency funding to institutions of higher education.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Students needing to apply for unexpected COVID-related expenses either for themselves or their family including the loss of employment, reduced income or food, or housing insecurity should complete the FVCC CARES Emergency Grant Application form.

EMERGENCY FUNDS AND CARES ACT REPORTING
If you have any questions, please email cares@fvcc.edu.