Student and Consumer Information

Northeast Iowa Community College is required by law to disclose the following pieces of information. Every attempt is made to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information to our students and customers. The content of this page is subject to change at any time due to modifications in federal, state, College or lender policies.

For more information, contact:

Kathleen Nacos-Burds
Vice President of Learning and Student Success
844.642.2338, ext. 2135
nacos-burdsk@nicc.edu

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is publishing the following information regarding the awarding and disbursement of funds to students in the form of Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students whose education was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to the requirements of Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department 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.

NICC signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement form confirming the College intends to use no less than 50 percent of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

NICC was allocated and received $917,790 from the U.S. Department of Education to disburse to students whose education was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

  • As of May 28, 2020, $506,200 has been distributed to eligible students.
  • As of June 10, 2020, $595,348 has been distributed to eligible students.
  • As of July 24, 2020, $661,642 has been distributed to eligible students.
  • As of October 7, 2020, $743,834 has been disbributed to eligible students.

Additional reporting will be posted on this page on January 10, 2021, as required.

4. 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.

An estimated, 3,077 NICC students could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore potentially eligible to receive one of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

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

Total number of eligible students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

  • As of May 28, 2020, 580 students
  • As of June 10, 2020, 662 students
  • As of July 24, 2020, 691 students
  • As of October 7, 2020, 775 students

6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

NICC utilized an electronic grant request by which students indicated their categories of need (food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care) and confirmed they had these needs based on COVID-19 circumstances and/or the disruption of campus operations. The CARES Act provides institutions with significant discretion on how to award this emergency assistance. In accordance with the provided guidelines, NICC awarded eligible students a grant based on individual needs on a first-come, first-served basis if all of the following eligibility requirements were satisfied:

  • Students must have been enrolled in coursework on March 13, 2020 or after;
  • Meet FAFSA eligibility requirements (U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security Number; a high school diploma, GED or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting). Additional criteria considered by the College in determining FAFSA eligibility include: having a FAFSA on file; achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress; and not being in default on federal student loans.

Subsequent grant requests can be submitted if expenses related to COVID-19 reoccur, up to a maximum of $3,098 per student for the academic year.

7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

The CARES Act COVID-19 Student Emergency Grant Request website, linked on the NICC website, includes CARES Act Student Emergency Financial Aid eligibility guidelines and outlines the application process. The following communciation methods were used to strategically communicate the emergency grant opportunity to students.

  • Email to students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020;
  • Text Message to students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020;
  • Announcements posted to NICC student portal and Learming Management System;
  • Email to faculty and staff educating on the grant opportunity;
  • Email to summer enrolled students when the transition to online was announced.

This report provides details on the institutional portion of the Higher Education Emergency ​Relief Fund (HEERF) award received by Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, as is pursuant to the requirements of Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department 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.

NICC received a total of $1,835,580 under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The College signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement form confirming the College intends to use no less than 50 percent of funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students on April 22, 2020. The remaining funds will be allocated to institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to coronavirus as is allowed under Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act.

2. An acknowledgment that the funds for Recipient's Institutional Costs has been used, or intends to be used, in accordance with Section 18004(c).

In accordance with Section 18004(c), Northeast Iowa Community College will use the institutional portion of the CARES HEERF funding for costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. Funds will not be used for payments to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment activities, including marketing and advertising; endowments; or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship. As required by Section 18004(c), no less than 50 percent of NICC's total CARES HEERF award of $1,835,580 is being used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus activities due to the coronavirus.

View the NICC Institutional Q1 Report.

Fall to Fall Retention for First-time Degree-seeking Students
Full-time StudentsPart-time Students
61% 43%
150% Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for First-time, Full-time, Degree-seeking students entering Fall 2015
Overall Graduation RateTransfer-out Rate
46% 17%

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For more information, contact:

Kelly McMahon
Executive Director of Risk Management
844.642.2338, ext. 2477
mcmahonke@nicc.edu

Connie Kuennen
Executive Director of Human Resources
844.642.2338, ext. 1300
kuennenc@nicc.edu

Rhonda Seibert
Associate Vice President, Operations
844.642.2338, ext. 1337
seibertr@nicc.edu