CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)
*Update: Applications for Cares HEERF I are no longer being accepted.
Provided through the federal Coronavirus Response and Recovery Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) in the spring of 2020. Pearl River Community College was able to provide grants to students during the spring and summer terms of 2020. Information related to the awarding of those grants may be found in the HEERF I section.
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. This included a supplemental award of $2,192,975 for additional emergency grants for students and $6,175,335 for institutional portion. The U.S. Department of Education provided guidance in making these awards in March of 2021.
How will the amount of HEERF II Emergency Relief Grants be determined?
Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Unlike the CARES Act, the HEERF II (CRRSAA) requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants.
Which students are eligible to receive HEERF II emergency financial aid grants?
Under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), students were determined eligible to participate in CARES Act Relief Grant program. Eligibility criteria included, but was not limited to, students who are:
- All credit students enrolled in the spring 2021 who are U.S. Citizens are eligible for a grant. In addition, all adult education students who are a U. S. citizen, enrolled in the spring 2021.
How do students receive HEERF II emergency financial aid grants?
All students were emailed, notified through student signage on campus, social media, and text messages.
- Student relief funds sent directly to the student using HEERF II student portion of funds totaled $2,192,220.80, helping approximately six thousand three hundred and nineteen students.