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Institutional CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants

Institutional CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants (HEERF I, II, and III)

Institutional Funds Reporting

Combined quarterly reports for September 2020, December 2020, March 2021, and June 2021 may be found below as required for full transparency.

HEERF I: Pearl River Community College received $2,192,974.50 from the CARES Act for the institutional portion of emergency relief funding. 

Section  18004(c)  of the  CARES  Act allows  Recipient to use up to  50  percent of the funds received to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities,  including marketing and advertising;  endowments;  or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics,  sectarian instruction,  or religious worship  (collectively referred to as  “Recipient’s  Institutional  Costs”). Section 18004(c) also requires Recipient to use no less than fifty percent of the funds received to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). 

HEERF II: In December of 2020, the U.S. government passed the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) which provided supplemental grant awards to higher education institutions. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on December 27, 2020. This new law gives the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) approximately $22.7 billion to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the HEERF II. The CRRSAA requires that an institution receiving funding under section 314(a)(1) provide the “same amount” in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original CARES Act Student Aid Portion award. Pearl River Community College received $6,175,335 for institutional portion. The U.S. Department of Education provided guidance in making these awards in March of 2021. Students were required to fill out an application providing permission to receive HEERF II funding from the institutional portion for balances from the 2020-21 school year.

HEERF III: The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pearl River Community College received $7,103,385 as the institution portion of HEERF III.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion. 

Summary of Sources of Funding Awarded/Appropriated (click each link for additional information):

Report for Quarterly Budget and Expenditure under CARES Act – Institutional funds for September 30, 2020

Report for Quarterly Budget and Expenditure under CARES Act – Institutional funds for December 30, 2020

Report for Quarterly Budget and Expenditure under CARES Act – Institutional funds for March 31, 2021

Report for Quarterly Budget and Expenditure under CARES Act – Institutional funds for June 30, 2021