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Helena College has received $342,814 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), which provides direct aid to students in the form of grants to help ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of June 24th, 2021 $342,089 of this allocation has been awarded. The remaining $725 will be awarded during the summer 2021 semester.

Details on the Spring and Summer 2021 awarding can be found below.

CRRSAA grants may be used for:

  • any component in a student’s cost of attendance
  • for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as:
    • tuition
    • food
    • housing
    • health care (including mental health care)
    • child care

Under the CRRSAA Act, Helena College is required to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who are eligible to receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students.  However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants in order to receive a financial aid grant.  In addition, the CRRSAA explicitly states that financial aid grants may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.

There is no application process to apply for CRRSAA grants.  All eligible Helena College students will automatically receive a grant.  CRRSAA grants will be issued in the form of a check and mailed to the student’s billing address in MyHC.  These are direct payments to students.  If you have a balance owing to Helena College, you may use these funds to pay your outstanding balance.  However, these funds will not pay the balance directly. 

There is an application process if you feel you have additional exceptional need that goes beyond the auto-awards as stated below.

The following eligibility requirements for awarding grants to students per the policy adopted by Helena College:

  • Prioritize students with high need as defined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) reported on the 2020-2021 FAFSA.
  • Must be enrolled at Helena College for the spring 2021 term or summer 2021 term. These terms are awarded separately, possibly leading students to more than one auto-award.
  • Students on consortium agreements with Helena College as the host school were excluded.
  • International, non-U.S. citizens, Dual Enrollment, continuing education, and non-degree or non-certificate seeking students were excluded.

The following matrix was used to award grants to students:

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2020-2021 FAFSA




1 to 5711 EFC


5712 + EFC



All students receiving a CRRSAA grant can view their award amount in MyHC under the “Account Summary by Term” page. Additionally, they will receive an email at their HC student address notifying them the grant has been disbursed and refunded.


The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) is federal legislation that was signed into law on December 27, 2020. It provides a variety of emergency financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. The Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF) that provides more than $22 billion in emergency funding to institutions of higher education.
No, CRRSAA grants do not need to be repaid.
No, CRRSAA grants will not impact other financial aid. This is a special grant to help you manage unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus and continue your education despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will not affect other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.
It is unclear at the moment. If there is updated guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department, it will be added here.


Please contact the Financial Aid Office at with any questions about CRRSAA funding.

If you have questions about your refund status, please contact the Business Office at 406-447-6921.

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