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$3M in federal emergency funds available to CLC students

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Apr 30, 2021

College of Lake County (CLC) was awarded $11,539,049 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II. $2,486,521 in emergency financial aid grants were automatically awarded to students who demonstrated exceptional financial need. College leadership designated an additional $3 million from the institutional portion of HEERF II to assist students with emergency needs including tuition, course materials, technology and living expenses.

“Supporting students is our greatest priority,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick. “We increased the student portion of the federal funds to provide nearly $6 million in student resources. With no increase in tuition rates and fees for the upcoming academic year, we are doing all we can to address affordability for students.”

Eligible students must be enrolled full or part time in for-credit or adult education classes any time during the period of national emergency (March 13, 2020 to present) and be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident (with a Permanent Resident Card, Resident Alien Card, or Alien Registration Receipt Card, also known as a “green card”), or non-citizen eligible for federal financial aid. Grant funds are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early. Students do not have to pay back their grant and it is not considered taxable income. This grant is a one-time emergency grant and it will not impact a student's current or future financial aid. Students apply online.

The remaining portion of CRRSAA will help off-set revenue losses and pay for the college’s additional expenses associated with the pandemic, such as laptops and hotspots to loan students free of charge, technology for Zoom classrooms and protective safety and cleaning equipment to support increased on-campus learning.

No matter what challenges students face, the college is dedicated to helping them complete their credential so they can get a better job and a better life. Research shows that understanding and addressing student needs holistically can lead to dramatic improvements in students’ outcomes. CLC offers free technology loans for things like laptops and hotspots, mental health services, affordable childcare, and an accessible food pantry, among other supports.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.