Fall 2021 Emergency Grant Funding (HEERF)

NSCC will be sending communications to eligible students via text and NSCC email regarding the Fall 2021 HEERF application. Students will be directed to complete a quick application to request funding for tuition and fees, books and supplies, technology, and living expenses.

What are the COVID Emergency Grants?

NSCC students may be eligible for an emergency grants if they have experienced financial
hardship due to the impact of COVID-19. Under federal law Section 484 of Title IV (HEA of
1965), the college has received funding from these programs:  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and
Economic Security Act (CARES), the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER),
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Minority Service Institutions (HEERF-MSI), the
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and the
American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).

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.

The last day to apply for CARES funding for the Summer 2021 semester is August 11, 2021.

Who is eligible for funding?

    •  Applicants must be students who are currently enrolled in courses at NSCC for
      the current semester.  Grants will be disbursed after the add/drop period of each
      term since we need to confirm your enrollment before releasing the funds.
    • For students enrolled in Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021, complete the COVID
      application linked below.
    • For students enrolled in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, check your NSCC email for
      award updates.
    • The following NSCC students are also eligible for emergency funding:
      Undocumented students, International students, Early College students, Gateway
      to College students, any other dual enrollment students, any student taking
      courses towards a high school degree, those students who are not enrolled in a
      degree or eligible certificate program as well as non-credit courses.
    • Students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
      (FAFSA), but it is not required.

What to do next?

Check your account in the MyNorthshore portal as well as your NSCC email. Funding will be
disbursed to your student account or by an eRefund account established through the
MyNorthshore student portal.  You can request to have funds applied to your bill.

We strongly recommend students who have not already done so, set-up an eRefund profile to
allow for NSCC to pay these funds as quickly as possible. Please click here to set-up your

COVID Emergency Grant FAQ's

What type of expenses are allowable? 

  • A laptop because the college moved to remote learning courses.
  • Your monthly utility bill has increased because the college moved to remote learning courses.
  • If a student needed to add or enhance their internet service in order to participate in remote learning courses.
  • If a student was relying on SHOC food vouchers or the college's monthly mobile market.
  • If a student needs assistance with tuition, fees or course materials.

How much funding will I receive?

Awards are generally awarded based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled in during the current semester. 

Am I required to repay the funds I receive?

No, the funds received through this program are emergency grant funds and do not have to be repaid. 

Can I apply for funding for more than one semester?

Yes, students can receive awards as long as funds are available. The program is scheduled to run
from Spring 2020 through Spring 2022, again as long as the funding is not exhausted sooner.

Are there deadlines to obtain funding?

The last day to apply for CARES funding for the Summer 2021 semester is August 11,2021. Please be aware of the criteria to receive the funding and please understand that the funding is limited to what was awarded to NSCC by the Federal Government. 

What additional resources are available to me if I need access to food and other services, for example internet services, at a reduced cost?  

Please go to the NSCC Here to Help page. The College has been supporting students for a number of years with emergency grant funds and other related services that have all been gathered on this page. We encourage all students to review the community resources available to support their enrollment. 

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Covid-19 Emergency Grant Program?

Please contact the Student Financial Services at sfs@northshore.edu or 978-762-4189

CARES Act Reporting

Per the Department of Education, North Shore Community College is required to report the following information and update it every 90 days.

  1. North Shore Community College acknowledges that the Certification and Agreement was signed and returned to the Department. NSCC assures that the institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES/GEER/CRSSA/ARP Acts to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. North Shore Community College has received $10,271,349 from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. As of September 30, 2021, North Shore Community College has distributed $4,509,044 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  4. Approximately 5,259 North Shore Community College students are eligible for these grant(s).
  5. As of September 30, 2021, 4,124 North Shore Community College students have received Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  6. All enrolled students are eligible and awards are determined based on tuition, fees and books. Students can also appeal for help with living expenses.
HEERF Quarterly Reports

September 2020

December 2020

March 2021

June 2021

September 2021

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