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

CARES Act Reporting

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.

  • 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.
  • As of December 2, 2020, the total allocations of $917,790 has been distributed to eligible students.

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
  • As of December 2, 2020, 1,405 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 Learning Management System;
  • Email to faculty and staff educating on the grant opportunity;
  • Email to summer enrolled students when the transition to online was announced.

CRRSAA and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Reporting

(1) An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs 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 the allocated funds received under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs 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 under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

NICC was allocated and received $917,790 of CRRSAA funds and $3,717,010 of ARP funds for a total of $4,634,800 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 the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).

CRRSSA

  • As of March 31, 2021, $917,692 distributed to eligible students.
  • April 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021, $97 distributed to eligible students.

Funds expended as of June 30, 2021.

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

  • As of June 30, 2021, $176,291 distributed to eligible students.
  • As of September 30, 2021, $3,016,640 distributed to eligible students.

(4) The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

An estimated, 5,905 NICC students are potentially eligible to receive one of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CRRSAA and APR (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

(5) The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

CRRSSA

  • As of March 31, 2021, 781 students.
  • April 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021, 3 students.

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

  • As of June 30, 2021, 142 students.
  • As of September 30, 2021, 1,815 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 the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

NICC utilized an electronic grant request by which students self-disclosed their categories of exceptional need (tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care) and confirmed they had these needs based on COVID-19 circumstances. The Emergency Financial Aid Grants provide 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 the student was enrolled in coursework on March 13, 2020 or after and confirmed their financial hardship.  Students with an outstanding tuition balance were identified as a priority group and outreach was conducted to help minimize their education expenses. Subsequent grant requests can be submitted if expenses related to COVID-19 reoccur, up to a maximum of $3,000 for emergency expenses and $6,000 for tuition costs per student each semester.

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

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

  • Email, text message and personal outreach to enrolled students;
  • Announcements posted to NICC student portal and Learning Management System;
  • Email to faculty and staff educating on the grant opportunity;

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.

View the NICC Institutional Q2 Report

View the NICC Institutional Q3 Report

View the NICC CRRSAA Institutional Report Y1Q1

View the NICC HEERF Report April_June 2021

View the Revised NICC HEERF Report April June 2021

View the NICC HEERF Report July September 2021

Retention Rates

Fall to Fall Retention for First-time Degree-seeking Students
Full-time Student RetentionPart-time Student Retention
63% 51%

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall. The rates shown are outcomes for students who entered the college in the fall of 2019.

Graduation Rates

150% Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for First-time, Full-time, Degree-seeking Students
Overall Graduation RateTransfer-out Rate
45% 15%

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It represents the percentage of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time in college, degree-seeking students, who complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they enrolled. (For example, received an award for a 2-year program within 3 years) The rates shown are outcomes for students who entered the college in the fall of 2016.

Transfer-out rate is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another postsecondary institution. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for these rates.

More information is available on the College Navigator website.

For more information, contact:

David Dahms
Vice President of Finance and Administration
844.642.2338, ext. 1202
dahmsd@nicc.edu

  • Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) Policy
  • Title IV Updates
    • On September 2, 2020, the Department of Education published a final rule amending various institutional and program eligibility regulations issued under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Northeast Iowa Community College has elected to early implement the new clock-to- credit hour conversion metrics that are addressed in the final regulation changes to 34 CFR 668.8(k)and (I) prior to the effective date of July 1, 2021.
  • Code of Conduct for Educational Loans
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

For more information, contact:

Randy Mashek
Director of Financial Aid
844.642.2338, ext. 1447
mashekr@nicc.edu

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