Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)

Carteret Community College has received $2,455,407 of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF I, II, III) to directly support students who have demonstrated need and are facing financial challenges because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The disbursement, from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the ARP Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III), is designed to prioritize students with the greatest demonstrated financial need.

  • Estimated total number of students at Carteret Community College eligible to receive a HEERF III emergency grant in Spring 2022: 2020
  • Total number of Carteret Community College students who have received a HEERF Grant as of December 31, 2021: 2,297
  • Total amount of HEERF Student Grant (I, II, and III) funding that has been distributed to Carteret Community College students as of December 31, 2021: $1,778,027

The College will distribute funds in two ways:

  1. Automatic distribution to January 2022 enrolled curriculum, basic skills/adult high school and workforce training students (programs with 96 hours or more).
  2. By application for those who do not qualify for automatic distribution and have an emergency need.

Award amounts to eligible students can range from $150 to a maximum of $550. The highest grant amounts are provided to eligible students who exhibit the highest financial need as determined from their FAFSA with a verified EFC. Please see below for the awarding methodology.

HEERF III Emergency Grant Automatic Distribution Amount

distribution chart

Any remaining HEERF III funds will be available for students who did not qualify for the automatic distribution and have had additional unexpected expenses or incurred hardship because of COVID-19 in a semester in which the student has not received an automatic distribution. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, tuition, books, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or child care.

Generally, the HEERF III funds awarded via the emergency grant application will not exceed $550 for emergency expenses.  These emergency expenses include but are not limited to student’s cost of attendance, or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

The Emergency Grant distribution and application process will begin in mid-February after the Spring 2022 attendance reporting has been completed.

If you have questions, please email at Brenda Long at longb@carteret.edu or call 252-222-6060.

Disbursement of Funds

An email will be sent to your College email when checks are mailed out.  If the student does not cash the check within 90 days, the check will be voided and funds will be made available for other students.

Carteret Community College has received funds under the federal appropriations acts outlined in the below table:

Student Emergency Relief

Institutional Portion COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant

Strengthening Institution Program (SIP)

Supplemental Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education Program (SAIHE)

Deadline to
Spend Funds

June 30, 2023

June 30, 2023

June 30, 2023

June 30, 2023

Total Award





Total Funds Spent
(as of 3/31/22)





Remaining Funds





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