Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Important Information for Students
Important information about the Distribution of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding to students whose lives have been disrupted as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Education has made available emergency financial aid grants to students of institutions who need financial support for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology, as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare. The institutions will then determine which students will receive the cash grants.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students 30 Day Funding Report
- HEERF 30 Day Funding Report - Distribution as of 6/14/20
- HEERF 30 Day Funding Report - Distribution as of 9/30/20
- HEERF 30 Day Funding Report - Distribution as of 12/31/20
- HEERF 30 Day Funding Report - Distribution as of 3/31/21
Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable
- Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - Quarter ending 9/30/20
- Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - Quarter ending 12/31/20
- Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - Quarter ending 3/31/21
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I), which provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education institutions across the country. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants (HEERF I -student emergency grant funds) for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The College has received an allotment of these funds for eligible students, which will be distributed by the College in three phases.
These FAQ’s are published to address some of the questions students may have.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q: Which students are eligible to receive HEERF I-student emergency grant funds?
A: Based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education issued on April 21, 2020, to receive HEERF I -student emergency grant funds, students must be eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid (e.g., Pell Grant, Direct Loans, etc.) and have incurred additional expenses due to campus disruptions due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, such as food, housing, technology, course materials, health care, and childcare. After confirming a student meets these requirements, the institution retains discretion over which students will receive HEERF I - student emergency grant funds and the amount of the award.
Q: Are students required to have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file in order to be eligible for the HEERF I - student emergency grant funds?
A: In order to establish a student’s eligibility for HEERF funding, students must be able to demonstrate their eligibility for Title IV federal student aid. To do so, the College requires the student to complete a FAFSA application and meet the other related student eligibility requirements. In addition, the student must have qualifying expenses and be an active student in good standing.
Q: What criteria was used to determine who receives the HEERF I-student emergency grant funds?
A: The College is distributing the HEERF I funds in three phases.
Phase One: The College used the following criteria to identify the cohort of eligible students: 1) an active student who was attending courses on campus as of 03/13/2020, the date the COVID-19 national emergency was declared, and are active or on an approved leave of absence as of 05/18/2020, 2) a student with established eligibility for Title IV funds who has a valid ISIR with an official EFC on file with the College, and 3) a student who has returned a complete Student Attestation Form.
Phase Two: The College will make subsequent equal disbursements to all students who received a Phase One disbursement who were active on March 13, 2020 and are still active on June 15, 2020. This phase will not require an additional attestation from the student.
UPDATED 4/5/2021 - Phase Three: The remaining HEERF I funds will be distributed to Pell Grant eligible students who are actively enrolled on March 1, 2021. The funds will be awarded based on the funds remaining and the number of eligible recipients
Q: How will the students receive the funds?
A: Once the College determines eligibility, a check will be mailed to the student’s address. The check must be endorsed by the student and cashed within 90 days of the date of the check. If a check is not cashed in 90 days, the check will be canceled, and the student will need to request a re-issuance of the check.
Q: What does the phrase “disruption of campus operations” mean?
A: Based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, issued on April 21, 2020, the following students are not eligible to receive HEERF I funds:International and Undocumented Students: In order to receive the HEERF-student emergency grant funds, the Department of Education states students must meet Title IV federal student aid eligibility requirements. Therefore, international and undocumented students are not eligible to receive HEERF I -student emergency grant funds.
Distance Education/Online Students: Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs on March 13 (the date the COVID-19 national emergency was declared) are not eligible for HEERF I -student emergency grant funds, according to the Department of Education’s guidance.
Q: Which expenses are the HEERF I-student emergency grant funds for? And what can students use these funds for?
A: HEERF I-student emergency grant funds provide monetary assistance to students whose education has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The U.S. Department of Education has made the emergency grant aid available to students of institutions who need financial support for additional expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, including course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare. For example, because the College changed to online courses, a student may have incurred expenses to purchase a web camera, printer, computer software, or faster internet service.
Q: What do students need to do, or what type of application does the student need to complete to participate in the HEERF I-student emergency funds?
A: If a student meets the eligibility requirements, the College will email the student the required Student Attestation Form (Phases One and Two), which the student must complete and return. The completed form confirms the College’s assumption that the student had the qualifying additional expenses due to the campus disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Q: What do you need to do if you have not received the Student Attestation Form?
A: If a student meets the eligibility requirements, but has not received the Student Attestation Form, he or she should contact Sandy Cheung (SandyC@Success.edu) and request a Student Attestation Form.
Q: Are there additional HEERF I emergency grant funds available to students with higher expenses and special needs?
A: Yes. Students with additional expenses (above and beyond the funds already disbursed) and special needs, may complete an application for additional funds when the applications become available.UPDATED 04/05/2021 - The remaining available portion of the emergency grants will be used for Phase Three for students with exceptional need. Students with exceptional need are those students who are eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant funds, and are active students who were in attendance as of 03/01/2021.
There will not be an application process for Phase Three, and the College is using Federal Pell Grant eligibility data and the students’ status as of 03/01/2021 to determine the eligible cohort of students. The award amount is based upon the availability of funds.
Q: Is a student who is on an approved leave of absence eligible to receive the funds?
A: It depends. For Phase One and Two, the student would be eligible if the student was an active student on March 13, 2020, and otherwise eligible, and went on an approved leave of absence because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. If a student started a leave of absence before March 13, 2020, the student would not be eligible for the emergency grant.UPDATED 4/5/2021 - For Phase Three, the student must be active as of March 1, 2021, to be eligible.
Q: I am not financially responsible for the expenses because I am unemployed and my significant other is responsible for the expenses. Will I be able to receive the grant?
A: If you have incurred additional expenses due to the disruption of campus operations and someone in your household (spouse or parents) pays those expenses, you can consider yourself to be financially responsible for those expenses. You may not consider yourself to be financially responsible for the expenses if they are paid by someone outside of your household or another entity.
Q: Does the HEERF I emergency grant have to be repaid?
A: No, this is grant assistance and does not need to be repaid.