CRRSAA Funding for Students

President Rogers and LSC Administration are pleased to announce that Lake Superior College has received our portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), which is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education throughout the country, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Lake Superior College’s share of CRRSAA is $4.1M. According to federal regulation, $879,000 must be spent on direct student aid. President Rogers and her administration have proposed to more than double the required amount and distribute $1,783,500 in direct student aid. All eligible students enrolled in a credit-based course will receive an automatic distribution. Eligible students will be receiving their funds through their Bank Mobile refund choice beginning on April 1, 2021. To update or verify your refund preference, or to make a refund selection, visit RefundSelection.com. Students can also email or call the Student Payment Office for assistance or with any questions specifically about the CRRSSA automatic disbursement payment, at 218-733-7610 or billing@lsc.edu. LSC’s plan also includes reserving additional funding for emergency grants through the LSC Foundation.  The LSC Student Senate has endorsed this plan and we are grateful for their partnership and input throughout this process. The plan has been approved by President Rogers and the Minnesota State system office, and is now being implemented.

LSC successfully began distributing the $1.8M in CRRSAA funds to students March 31, in $500 and $750 increments. As of September 3, a total of $97,849 in CRRSAA emergency funds have been disbursed to 182 students. The upload to Bank Mobile is currently in progress and most students will have access to the funds in the coming days, if they don’t already (all depends on your banking system). More information will be (and in some cases already has been) sent out to those who already have a bank mobile account set up. If you’ve received a text message, email and/or call about this today, please know this is legitimate and not a scam.

All eligible students will automatically receive a distribution as shown in the table below. Pell eligible students and state grant recipients will receive a larger amount due to their increased needs, based on income and other factors. We will use the same process for emergency grants as we did for the CARES funding, going through the same online application process. Please visit the emergency grant form to learn more and to apply. Since CRRSAA expanded student eligibility from the CARES act, we will be able to reach even more students with emergency needs both through the automatic disbursement as well as through emergency grants. At this time, all eligible students can receive one emergency grant, of up to $500, per semester. Grant applications are processed once a week, usually on Monday, and if approved funding is often disbursed the following Wednesday or Thursday. Please contact the Foundation with any questions specifically about emergency grants at foundation@lsc.edu.

The following table provides an overview of the plan and disbursement:

Student Headcount Amount per Student Total Distribution
Pell Eligible Students
Non-CT Students 1,211
CT Students 1
Total Pell Eligible 1,212 $750.00 $909,000.00
Non-Pell Eligible Students
Non-CT Students 1,594
CT Students 155
Total Pell Eligible 1,749 $500.00 $874,500.00

Eligible students will be receiving their funds through their Bank Mobile refund choice in the next few days. To update or verify your refund preference, or to make a refund selection, visit RefundSelection.com. Students can also email or call the Student Payment Office for assistance at 218-733-7610 or billing@lsc.edu.

While international students are not eligible to receive federal funding, the LSC Foundation has designated up to $5,000 dollars specifically for those students who are not eligible for the federal funding and/or those who are in need of additional funding while experiencing serious financial hardship. This funding has been generously donated to the LSC Foundation specifically for emergency grants to help students get through this difficult time. Donors including many LSC employees, the LSC Foundation Board of Directors, and community partners who believe in the mission and vision of Lake Superior College and most importantly believe in our students. This speaks volumes of the Lake Superior College campus community, and our community at large. THANK YOU to everyone who has donated! Anyone wanting to make a contribution to the LSC Foundation Emergency Grant Fund can donate here and should write “Emergency Grants” in the notes section. You can also contact the foundation at foundation@lsc.edu to arrange a donation. Any and every amount helps! We know the need is far greater than the funding we currently have available, and we will continue to try to raise more money to help out as many LSC students as possible. 100% of funds donated will go towards Emergency Grant Fund.

Eligibility requirements are outlined in the chart below, and are subject to change since some details are still being clarified at the federal level. If you have any questions, please contact the payment office at billing@lsc.edu with questions about eligibility and disbursement, contact the LSC Foundation with questions specific to the emergency  grant process at foundation@lsc.edu, and as always you can send general questions to  info@lsc.edu and they will be routed to the most appropriate point of contact.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who meet the following federal eligibility requirements may receive one or more types of CRRSAA funding:

  • Must be a new or returning student actively enrolled for Spring 2021 in any online, hybrid, or face-to-face credit, non-credit or continuing education courses.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen (including a U.S. national or permanent resident) and have a valid Social Security number;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate;
  • Must NOT BE one of the following:
    • Enrolled in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
    • Enrolled via Concurrent Enrollment/College in the Schools
    • Receiving third-party payment for tuition through an employer
    • An undocumented/DACA student
    • Currently incarcerated