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CRRSAA Emergency Student Aid

These funds have been expended.
Please see the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) page for the latest emergency aid information (Fall 2021).

Emergency Student Aid for Spring 2021

Posted: March 18, 2021

Roane State is preparing to disburse emergency student aid that has been provided to us through Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF). This is new funding established by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) of 2021.

Do you need emergency aid in addition to HEERF aid?
See emergency request information below.

Looking for last year's information? See CARES Act funding from 2020.


The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) that was signed into law in December of 2020. The U.S. Department of Education announced in January 2021 that more than $21 billion would be provided to higher education institutions to ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roane State has been allocated approximately $1.6 million in emergency aid as part of these efforts. 95% of those funds are designated for eligible students and the remaining 5% will be distributed through special payments to students with additional need.

Learn more about CRRSAA on the U.S. Department of Education website.

How Much Will Eligible RSCC Students Receive?

The total allocation of funds received will be distributed to Roane State’s student population per guidelines of the Tennessee Board of Regents and in accordance to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). The aid amounts that will be distributed to eligible students depend on a number of factors, including Federal Pell Grant eligibility and number of students enrolled at the time of processing. Due to the fluid nature of student enrollment, exact payment amounts cannot be determined until the day of processing. Total funds were allocated to Federal Pell eligible and non-Federal Pell eligible students with the allocation for Federal Pell eligible students reflecting a 15% higher funding level applied to the overall population. Awards will be distributed equally among students identified for each category.

Who Is Not Eligible?

Per USDOE guidance, DACA, undocumented and international students are not eligible to receive emergency aid funds. Students with a dual enrollment classification (including Middle College), transient and non-degree seeking students are also ineligible.

When and How Will the Funds Be Distributed?

Roane State’s business office expects to begin the disbursement process on March 19, 2021. Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on if you have an e-refund profile setup with the college. For those receiving direct deposit, remember that payment may not be reflected immediately on your account. Please allow time for your financial institution to receive and post the funds. The payment will be displayed as "HEERFRELIEF2" on student accounts.

Do RSCC Students Need To Do Anything To Get the Funds?

No action is required by eligible Roane State students as long as the college has a current address and/or direct deposit bank information on file. Aid will be sent automatically to qualifying students. Recipients will be notified by RSCC email.

What Is the Purpose of the Disbursements?

For students who qualify, USDOE regulations require funds be used to cover expenses that may have been impacted by COVID-19. This includes eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, transportation, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health care), and child care. Therefore, any emergency grant funds disbursed must be used for such qualifying expenses.

A student’s acceptance of the funding is considered confirmation that they have a qualifying expense. If a student wishes to return the funds, they must contact Roane State’s business office by emailing

Will my Financial Aid Be Reduced Next Semester?

HEERF payments will not affect regular financial aid.

If a Student Has a Need for Additional Funding, Is More Assistance Available?

All emergency funding has been exhausted.

I Still Have Questions

Our team is available to assist you! Submit any questions you have to Please be advised that if you send a message related to emergency aid from a non-Roane State email address, you may not receive a response or your response may be significantly delayed.

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