[Wsssc] FW: Fed Dept of Ed announces new resources for community college students

Joe Holliday jholliday at sbctc.edu
Thu Jan 20 12:38:04 PST 2022

WSSSC: FYI below and at links. Shared with BAC this morning as well.


Joe Holliday
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From: Choi Halladay <challaday at sbctc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:35 PM
To: Arlen Harris <aharris at sbctc.edu>; Carli Schiffner <cschiffner at sbctc.edu>; Laura McDowell <lmcdowell at sbctc.edu>; Joe Holliday <jholliday at sbctc.edu>
Subject: FW: Fed Dept of Ed announces new resources for community college students

FYI - Just sent this to the BAC email list.


From: BAC <bac-bounces at lists.ctc.edu<mailto:bac-bounces at lists.ctc.edu>> On Behalf Of Choi Halladay via BAC
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:33 PM
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Subject: [BAC] Fed Dept of Ed announces new resources for community college students

The Dept of Ed has a press release they just published, the full text is here:
Biden-Harris Administration Takes Actions to Support Students' Basic Needs and Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 at Colleges and Universities | U.S. Department of Education<https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/biden-harris-administration-takes-actions-support-students%E2%80%99-basic-needs-and-mitigate-spread-covid-19-colleges-and-universities>

A couple of the important takeaways are:

Providing access to $198 million in American Rescue Plan funding for students and institutions with the greatest unmet need
The Department announced that it will be inviting applications next week for a $198 million grant opportunity under the Supplemental Support under American Rescue Plan (SSARP) program to support colleges and universities with the greatest unmet needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In awarding funds, the Department will prioritize community colleges and rural institutions of higher education (IHEs) that serve a high percentage of low-income students and have experienced enrollment declines since the start of the pandemic. Funds will be awarded in late spring. As institutions continue to address the immediate challenges brought on by the pandemic, the Department encourages eligible institutions to use SSARP funds toward 1) evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress Coronavirus, 2) strategies for addressing students' basic needs, 3) support for students' continued enrollment and re-enrollment, 4) forgiveness of institutional debts, and 5) the expansion of programs that lead to in-demand jobs.

Providing new guidance to colleges and universities on using American Rescue Plan funds to meet students' basic needs
The Department published new guidance<https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerf-support-basic-needs-final.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=> to further assist institutions seeking to provide students with the basic needs supports to persist academically and navigate challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. The guidance provides examples of how colleges and universities can use the institutional portion of their HEERF grants to make initial investments into basic needs supports for students and expand the reach of existing supports to help students navigate financial challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including insecurity with housing, food, and childcare. The guidance also highlights leading colleges already using HEERF funds for these efforts, including Bergen County Community College which used HEERF funds to subsidize tuition for their on-campus Child Development Center to remove financial barriers to students' education.

Choi Halladay
Deputy Executive Director, Business Operations
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
challaday at sbctc.edu<mailto:challaday at sbctc.edu> * o: 360-704-4303

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