Emergency Financial Aid Funds for Students
At the end of December, IECC was allocated additional emergency financial aid funds for students under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). With the anticipation of these incoming funds, please take some time to ensure that you will be considered by completing a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.ed.gov. For full consideration, you should meet the basic eligibility criteria outlined below. Our financial aid offices are open 7:30 am – 4:30 pm to assist you with any questions you may stumble upon during this process. Contact information for each college is also included below.
Basic Eligibility Criteria:
- Complete and submit a 2021-2022 FAFSA;
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen with a valid social security number;
- Register with Selective Service, if required;
- Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
- Be admitted to an IECC college in an eligible program leading to an approved certificate or degree;
- Be enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours) for all programs (except Federal Pell Grant and Est IL State MAP Grant)
- Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards of IECC;
- Not be in default on any federal student loan;
- Not owe a repayment of a federal grant to any postsecondary institution;
- Not have a federal drug conviction while receiving federal financial aid.
Financial Aid Contact Information:
Frontier Community College
FCCFA@iecc.edu or 618-842-3711
Lincoln Trail College
LTCFA@iecc.edu or 618-544-8657
Olney Central College
OCCFA@iecc.edu or 618-395-7777
Wabash Valley College
WVCFA@iecc.edu or 618-262-8641
Additional information is available on the topics below.
What: Emergency financial aid is being made available to students of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges – Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly referred to as the CARES Act.
Who: Any Title IV eligible student who was enrolled full-time (more than 11.5 credit hours) or part-time (6 – 11.5 credit hours) as of March 16th, that was enrolled in a Title IV eligible program, and met satisfactory academic progress for the spring term. Students enrolled with at least 12 credit hours as of March 16th will receive a one-time aid disbursement of $845. Students enrolled with at least 6 credit hours, but fewer than 12 will receive a one-time aid disbursement of $515.
When: Emergency aid disbursements are being made by check on Friday May 15th to the home address on record with IECC.
A second disbursement of aid from the CARES Act is being made by check on May 29th to the home address on record with IECC for students that were not included in the first round.
Why: The direct emergency aid to students is available for costs incurred like food, housing, course materials, technology, childcare, and healthcare due to the shelter-in-place order that dictated a move to fully online learning.
Reporting Data as of May 29, 2020: Compliance with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act:
- Illinois Eastern Community College District 529 signed and submitted its Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on May 1, 2020.
- The District received $996,242 in emergency aid to provide to students of its colleges:
- Frontier Community College (02074400) - $139,664
- Lincoln Trail College (00978600) - $217,153
- Olney Central College (00174200) - $368,501
- Wabash Valley College (00177900) - $270,924
- The District, as of May 31, 2020, has distributed $1,015,710 in direct aid to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The District used $19,468 of its Institutional funds under Section 18004(a)(1) in the distribution.
- The estimated total number of students eligible for Title IV assistance in the District is 1,810.
- On May 15, 2020, the District provided aid to 1,043 students. On May 29, 2020, the District provided aid to 259 students. A total of 1,302 students received aid under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- Students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, having completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), enrolled with an IECC college on or after March 16, 2020, enrolled in at least 6 credit hours of instruction, and having met satisfactory academic progress for the spring term were determined to receive aid in the first round of aid disbursements.
- Aid supplied to students included a cover letter indicating what the aid was, where it originated, that it would not be required be paid back, and finally that it was for the student to use for costs incurred as a result of disruptions to campus operations due to COVID-19 such as food, housing, course materials, technology, and childcare.
What: Emergency financial aid is being made available to students of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges – Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College – through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).
Who: Eligible students are those attending an Illinois Eastern Community College as full-time (more than 11.5 credit hours), half-time (6 – 11.5 credit hours), or less than half-time (1 – 5.5 credit hours) as of the 10th day of the Spring 2021 term and eligible for a Pell Grant. Students who are Pell eligible and enrolled full-time will each receive $1,350, students who are Pell eligible and enrolled half-time will each receive $800, and students who are Pell eligible and enrolled less than half-time will each receive $220.
When: This aid will be disbursed on Thursday, April 1st. Students set up for direct deposit will receive aid directly to their account on file. Checks will be mailed on April 1st to any student not registered for direct deposit.
Why: The direct emergency aid to students is for any component of the cost of attendance or emergency costs incurred due to the coronavirus. Examples of uses include tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental health) or childcare.
Reporting Data as of March 31, 2021: Compliance consistent with Section 314(e) of CRRSAA:
Illinois Eastern Community College District 529 received a supplemental award to provide Emergency Aid to Students through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) on February 19, 2021.
The District received $996,242 in emergency aid to provide to students with exceptional need under Section 314 (a) of the CRRSAA.
As of March 31, 2021, the District has distributed $996,370 in direct aid to students.
On March 31, 2021, the District provided direct aid to 835 students.
Students enrolled as of the 10th day of the Spring 2021 term and eligible for a Pell Grant were eligible for this aid.
Aid supplied to students included a cover letter indicating the where the aid originated, that it would not be required to be paid back, and that it was for any component of the cost of attendance, including healthcare and childcare.
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