CRRSAA – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the federal CRRSAA?

The Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II provides emergency funding to colleges to assist students in need during the coronavirus pandemic.  Crowder College is committed to distributing these funds directly to students experiencing financial challenges because of the COVID-19 outbreak as quickly as possible.

Who is eligible to receive CRRSSA funds?  Who gets the money?

Crowder College, following all guidance from the federal Department of Education, is distributing funds to eligible, qualifying students. To qualify a student must be a degree-seeking student enrolled in at least one credit hour in the Spring 2021 semester. .

I’m enrolled this spring as a dual credit/dual enrollment student. Am I eligible to receive CRRSAA funds?

No. Students enrolled as dual credit/dual enrollment are not eligible for CRRSAA funds at this time.

I’m an international student.  Am I eligible to receive CRRSAA funds?

No. Federal guidance from the Department of Education states that an international student is not eligible for CRRSAA funds.

I’m a Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student.  Am I eligible to receive CRRSAA funds?

No. Federal guidance from the Department of Education states that a DACA student is not eligible for CRRSAA funds.

I have a spring bill and haven’t paid it yet.  Is the money going to be applied to my student account balance?

If you wish to have the funds directly applied to your Spring 2021 student account balance, please login to your MyCrowder account and complete the election form

   You must complete the election form to have the funds applied to your account. This option will expire on 03/24/2021.

Can I use the CRRSAA funds to pay off my Crowder bill?

Yes.  A student can use CRRSAA funds to pay their bill.  The CRRSAA states that a student can use these funds to pay for the costs of attending Crowder College.

If you wish to have these funds directly applied towards your Spring 2021 student account balance, please login to your MyCrowder account and complete the election form by 03/24/2021. Please be aware that this option will result in counting as a grant/scholarship which is reportable on your annual 1098-T form per IRS guidelines.

How will students get money?

If you do not elect to have the funds applied to your Spring 2021 bill, the funds will be processed and distributed through BankMobile Disbursements. These funds will be distributed by Bankmobile based on your refund preference you have already established this semester.  Once you receive the funds you may find more information about BankMobile at: https://bankmobiledisbursements.com/how-it-works/.  For additional information about establishing your refund preference, please contact the Crowder College Cashier’s Office at 417.455.5464 or 417.455.5598.

When will students get the money?

Crowder is committed to distributing the funds as quickly as possible. The timeframe may depend on the refund preference you have established through BankMobile.

Will I have to pay back the CRRSAA funds I receive?

No. The CRRSAA is providing emergency grants (free money) to students to help cover expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, and the cost of attendance who have also experienced financial challenges and disruptions related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Is the CRRSAA money a part of the federal financial aid I receive each semester? Is it considered part of my Pell grant?

These funds are not part of your Crowder financial aid award and are not considered part of your Pell grant.

Is the CRRSAA money considered taxable income?

If you choose to have the funds applied toward your Spring 2021 student account balance, it will count as a grant/scholarship which is reportable on your annual 1098-T form per IRS guidelines.

Will I receive a 1098-T after getting CRRSAA money?

If you choose to have the funds applied toward your Spring 2021 student account balance, it will count as a grant/scholarship which is reportable on your annual 1098-T form per IRS guidelines.  A form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, is used to help figure education credits (and a tuition and fees deduction) for qualified tuition and related expenses paid during a tax year.

If I have questions about the CRRSAA that aren’t addressed here, who should I call?

You may contact the Financial Aid office at 417.455.5419 for any other questions regarding the CRRSAA.

For additional information about establishing your refund preference, please contact the Crowder College Cashier’s Office at 417.455.5402 and 417.455.5673.