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HEERF Student Aid

In 2020, the CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) at the federal level to provide emergency grants to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 

In December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) legislation passed, which created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). While similar to the first round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, there are some differences with the new program and adjustments to the older program that affect all institutions.  Now, the grants can be used for any portion of a student’s cost of attendance, in addition to emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, as stated by HEERF II.

Each of the HEERF programs stipulates that each university or college is responsible for distributing the grants to students.  The institution has sole responsibility for determining grant amounts, how the amount of each student grant will be calculated, and how the grants will be distributed to students at their campus.