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Hawaiʻi Community Collegeʻs HEERF allocation and planned expenditures

Hawai’i Community College has been awarded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The first allocation relates to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act, on March, 2020. The Governor also provided a portion of the State’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to UH in October 2020.

In March 2021, the second allocation to the College relates to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). As of April 5, 2021, the College has been awarded a total of $7.2 million.

The College convened the Reopening Fall 2020 Steering Committee and Workgroups. On October 9, 2020, College Council transitioned this committee to the COVID 19 Taskforce to provide continued oversight of the deployment of HEERF funding.


View the College’s Quarterly Budget and Expenditure reports submitted to the US Department Education regarding Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)


Hawaii CC Campus HEERF funds

HEERF 1 Priority Criteria

  • Strengthen our capacity for online programs and virtual services
  • Ensure the health & safety of our Kauhale (social distancing & sanitation measures)
  • Support of Institutional Priorities 1) meet educational demands of Island, 2) student success and 3) strengthen our kauhale


Total of Approved Requests for HEERF CARES 1, 2, 3
Student Aid $ 980,013
Academic Support $ 767,204
Career Tech Educ $ 660,611
Student Affairs $ 51,573
Edvance (Non-Credit) $ 108,718
Liberal Arts & Sciences $ 110,850
Admin Services $ 14,338
KoEC $ 4,000
Palamanui $ 40,491
Chancellor $ 8,812
Grand Total $ 2,746,609



HEERF II Priority Criteria

  • Student aid & emergency need
  • Closing the digital equity gaps (digital literacy, WIFI/ Equipment)
  • Meeting the educational/workforce needs of our community
  • Foster 'aina aloha based education, connection to 'aina, 'ohana & communities such as Sustainability activities
  • Address the needs of our diverse learners with a commitment to equity such as high touch services and support for basic skills


As of April 5, 2021, there are no approved requests for HEERF II CRRSSA 1, 2 & 3.