Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds - Southwestern Illinois College

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds grant is a 2 part grant. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, was passed by Congress on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

American Rescue Plan

Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act


Southwestern Illinois College was allotted an amount from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.  You may qualify to apply for a one-time financial assistance award from the GEER fund if you meet the eligibility requirements below.  These resources are available to help students overcome barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic and assist in paying your past-due bill from the Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 semesters.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be an Illinois Resident
  • Must meet one of the following requirements:
    • Low income or economic hardship (explanation of circumstances required)
    • First-generation college student
    • Underrepresented group (African American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino/Spanish, Pacific Islander, Native American)

Applications should be submitted via email to CARESAct@swic.edu by Monday, November 15th. Funds will be awarded on a first come first serve basis so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible! Once your application is submitted, please allow at least 2 weeks for eligibility to be determined. All eligibility notifications will be sent to your SWIC student email. If you have any questions please email CARESAct@swic.edu.