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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

CRRSAA, 2021

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and provides an additional $81.9 billion to the Education Stabilization Fund.

Hagerstown Community College received supplemental funds under CRRSAA via the Education Stabilization Fund, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) under Section 314(a)(1) to support students and the institution:

  • Student Portion: 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 CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.
  • Institutional Portion: Institutional portion funds may be used to defray expenses associated with coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll), and to carry out student support activities authorized by the HEA that address needs related to coronavirus. Institutional funds may also be used to make additional financial aid grants to students.
  • Strengthening Intuitions Program (SIP): Institutions may use this award to defray expenses associated with the coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll); carry out student support activities authorized by the HEA that address needs related to the coronavirus; and make financial aid grants to students, which may 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.

 

CARES Act

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. It is a $2 trillion package of assistance measures, including $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund. Four grant programs were created through the CARES Act: Education Stabilization Fund Discretionary Grants; Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund; Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund; and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

Hagerstown Community College received three allocations of CARES Act Funding via the Education Stabilization Fund, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I) under Section 18004(a)(1) and 18004(a)(2) to support students and the institution:

  • Student Portion: to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
  • Institutional Portion: 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”).
  • Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP):  grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance, including tuition, course materials, and technology. Institutions may also use these funds to defray institutional expenses, which may include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with the transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll.

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