MSI Student Aid Report #5



While the U.S. Department of Education (ED) develops a process for institutions to directly provide the required reporting data, it has in the meantime called for institutions to make easily accessible to the public — via the institution’s website — the following items:

  • Acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that the institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students:

Austin Community College has received $1,855,407 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s signed and submitted Certification and Agreement for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund- Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). Recipient may use this award to defray expenses incurred by Recipient, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll (“Recipient’s Expenses”). Recipients also may use this award for grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance, as defined under Section 472 of the HEA, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care (“Student Grants” or “Student Grant”). ACC has decided to make 100% of these funds available to students.

  • The total amount of funds that the institution will receive, or has received under the HEERF student portion.

ACC has received $1,855,407 to be used for MSI CRRSA Act Student Aid.

  • (a) The total amount that has been distributed to students as of December 31, 2021:


(b) The total amount distributed between October 1 and December 31, the fourth

reporting period:


  • The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the MSI CARES fund (a)(2):

36,215 students 

  • The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant:

56 students total have received an emergency financial aid grant from the MSI Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act emergency fund.

  • How the institution determined which students did, or will receive emergency financial aid grants and how much funding they did, or will receive:

Austin Community College convened a committee with membership from the Chancellor’s cabinet, the Business Office, the Financial Aid Office, the ACC Foundation, Student Affairs Communication, ACC Marketing, Student Support Advocates, and Enrollment Management. The following brief was developed:

Overview: On March 1, 2021, ACC received $1,855,407  from the Department of Education as part of the MSI CRRSA Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. ACC will distribute these emergency funds to students who have experienced or are faced with disruptions of education due to COVID-19. The coronavirus has negatively impacted the health and wellness of ACC students and their families, as well as the regional economy. ACC is keenly aware that the COVID-19 impact has exacerbated pre-existing systemic inequalities and has affected Central Texas’s marginalized communities more deeply than others. A working group formed to distribute these emergency funds. The working group decided to use HEERF (a)(2) funds in the form of scholarships as disclosed in the October 20, 2020 HEERF FAQ’s. The scholarship office was recruited to create a scholarship application that was sent to ACC Career Scholar students who were enrolled in the Fall 2021 Semester. The scholarship will cover tuition and fees not to exceed $5,000 a year. An application has been sent to Career Scholar students every semester thereafter. Students who receive (HEERF/MSI) Section 18004(a)(2) are also encouraged to apply for standard HEERF funding.

Student Eligibility (updated 12/27/20):

  • Must have FAFSA on file to determine citizenship status
  • Must be actively enrolled in ACC courses 
  • Excludes dual credit, international, continuing education, adult education, international students, DACA students, and undocumented students
  • You must indicate on the MSI application that you have been financially impacted in some way by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Your related expenses must have occurred on or after December 27, 2020.

On May 11, 2021, ED issued the following updated guidance regarding student eligibility for any remaining HEERF MSI funds:

  • The definition of “eligible student” for all HEERF funding was changed to be any student who is or was enrolled at an eligible institution on or after March 13, 2020 opening eligibility up to students who were, but may not currently be, enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ED’s changed its opinion about applying the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) to emergency funds making undocumented, international, and DACA students eligible for all HEERF funding. 


  • The application is hosted on a secure Client Resource Management (CRM) system, Maxient, which our teams use to process and follow-up on requests. 
  • A ChatBot was implemented to answer student questions on a 24/7 basis.

Processing and Distribution of Emergency Funds:

  • The new online application for Student Aid is a single point of entry for MSI CARES and Student Emergency Funds.
  • After a student submits their MSI CARES application, it is be routed for funding based on the eligibility status of the student 
  • It may take 3 – 5 days for disbursements of funds once an application is complete (during peak)
  • ACC Business Office processes disbursements 5 days a week

7) Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students:

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