HEERF Grant for Eligible Students

UPDATE: Additional funds are now available for students who have not yet received aid through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

To qualify, students must have a completed FAFSA on file, have attended on-campus courses at least half-time at DCC during the Spring 2020 semester, and complete the application located here.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) is available for Danville Community College students!

A Message from President Jacqueline Gill Powell:

"Ensuring that our students can meet their most basic needs during this uncertain time is our top priority. By distributing these funds to our students, we hope that Danville Community College is able to lessen the burden that COVID-19 has placed on our students and their families. These funds are extremely flexible and can be used for any need that a student has, from food and housing, to healthcare and tuition. It is my hope that through this grant, Danville Community College can continue to be a beacon of hope in our greater community."

HEERF funds are emergency funds designated to aid students who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used to pay for any need an eligible student deems necessary, including:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Laptop for Online Classes
  • Tuition
  • Books

Who Qualifies?

Students must meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for any Title IV Federal Financial Aid programs. 

Degree or certificate-seeking students who were actively enrolled in at least one course as of March 13, 2020 with at least half-time enrollment for the Spring 2020 semester, are eligible for a HEERF grant based on the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). 

Eligible students will receive their funds automatically through direct deposit to their account on file. If there is no account on file, eligible students will receive a paper check in the mail to their address on file. 

Students who are enrolled in solely online classes, who are dual enrolled, or who are enrolled in non-credit courses do not qualify for HEERF funds, according to federal guidelines.

FAFSA is Required

To receive this funding, eligible students MUST have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. 

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) immediately! 
You can:

  • Apply online at http://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa  (highly recommended)
  • Visit http://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out#options  and download a PDF version of the FAFSA to complete and mail or fax for processing.
  • Call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) and request a paper application.
  • Call 434-797-8577 and the Educational Opportunity Center will assist you in this step!

DCC’s Federal School Code: 003758

This emergency funding does not need to be repaid and does not require any action, outside of a completed FAFSA.


HEERF grants will be distributed beginning the week of May 26, 2020. 

CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants Acknowledgments

Danville Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Danville Community College (DCC) has received $802,111.00 from the Department of Education pursuant to the DCC Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 26, 2020 is $766,800.00.

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,171.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 852.

Danville Community College will distribute $900.00 to every eligible student who has an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $20,000. 


Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable (October 30, 2020)

HEERF Distribution Report (January 5, 2021)