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COVID-19 Relief Funding

COVID-19 Relief Funding

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 - HR 133 COVID-19 Relief Funds

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 Application window is now closed. If you applied for aid, please check your college email for any notifications regarding awards from the Office of Financial Aid.


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

View Southwest Texas Junior College's Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for more information.

I. CARES ACT (HEERF I)

  1. Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) received funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”). The College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement required by the Act and intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students.

  2. SWTJC has received $1,868,479 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Title IV eligible students.

  3. As of 3/31/21, SWTJC has distributed $1,868,479 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  4. SWTJC estimates that 2,177 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  5. The total number of unduplicated students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of 03/31/21, is 2218.

  6. SWTJC uses a method of student application and eligibility certification by its Financial Aid office to determine which students will receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Each eligible student will receive an award of $500 for an initial award. In the event that remaining funds are available, the institution will re-examine needs of student applicants.

  7. Each student receiving an Emergency Financial Aid Grant received the following notification and instruction from the Financial Aid Director:
Subject: We have completed an evaluation of your application for SWTJC Student CARES Act Aid. An activated award has been posted to your online WebAdvisor account. The award will be transmitted through the arrangements you have made with your BankMobile account. 
Money from the CARES Act is not considered financial assistance under federal statute, nor Department of Education regulations. As such, these funds will not impact your eligibility for regular financial aid (e.g., grants, scholarships, loans). 
If you owe an outstanding balance to Southwest Texas Junior College, these funds will not be applied to any balance owed to SWTJC and will be paid directly to you. 
Federal regulations stipulate that all CARES Act funds must be disbursed directly to the student and may not be applied toward outstanding balances. To use these funds to pay off an outstanding
balance with SWTJC, a student must make a payment to their account on WebAdvisor. 
Please use the following link to access the Frequently Asked Questions document from the Department of Education:


II. CRRSAA (HEERF II)

  1. Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) received funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (“CRRSA” or “HEERF II”).

  2. SWTJC has received $1,868,479 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students. This Act has allowed the college to expand awards to students who are not PELL eligible (while maintaining a preference for those students with the greatest need).

  3. As of 3/31/21, SWTJC has distributed $1,180,500 to students under CRRSAA Act and is anticipating more awards as students qualify.

  4. The total number of unduplicated students who have received the CRRSAA Act, as of 03/31/21, is 1183.

  5. SWTJC uses a method of student application and eligibility certification by its Financial Aid office to determine which students will receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Each eligible student will receive an award of $1,000 for an initial award. In the event that remaining funds are available, the institution will re-examine needs of student applicants.

  6. Each student receiving an Emergency Financial Aid Grant received the following notification and instruction from the Financial Aid Director:

Subject: Thank you for submitting a COVID-19 Relief Funds Application with Southwest Texas Junior College! We are now offering two options for how to receive the funding if you are awarded: (1) You can elect to have the funds applied to your balance at Southwest Texas Junior College and any remainder applied to your BankOne Mobile account OR (2) You can elect to put the funds on your BankOne Mobile account.

Please choose one of the options below to let us know if you prefer to have these funds applied to your account or if you prefer to the funds on your BankOne Mobile account.

Once you submit this form with your choice on how to receive funding, you cannot change your selection. Please respond by Wednesday, March 10 at 5 pm. If we receive no response, the fund will be placed on your BankOne Mobile card.

***Please note that this is not a notification of award, this is only to choose what option you prefer of awarded this funding.*

Funding will be dispersed the week of March 22.