Office of Student Financial Services

HEERF Grant I Under the CARES Act

Emergency Grants under the Cares Act

Note: All HEERF Grant funds were expended as of Dec. 15, 2020.

HEERF Grant I Reporting

Sections 3504, 18004, and 18008 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020, allow higher education institutions to use certain funds allocated by the Department of Education to support students and higher education institutions with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Brandeis University is pleased to announce that it has begun the application process for the CARES Act funding, designated under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), to assist students with emergency grants. These one-time emergency grants are to help students meet current urgent expenses that occurred from the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

The main criterion for a HEERF grant is the demonstration of a genuine expense and that the capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship.  

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a currently enrolled student who was enrolled at least half-time in a degree program, not including programs offered exclusively online, during the spring 2020 semester. 
  • Must have a valid 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and been determined eligible for Title IV federal aid by the Office of Student Financial Services based on federal regulations.  Students who were eligible for Title IV federal aid, but did not accept this aid, are eligible for the HEERF grant.  
  • Must have experienced a financial hardship caused by the campus disruption created by COVID-19.  Students will need to certify that expenses were incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic when requesting disbursement of the grant in Sage. While certification by the student is required, no documentation or itemization of expenses is required; these grants work on the honor system. The expenses incurred due to COVID-19 must be equal to or in excess of the HEERF grant awarded to you as well as of any previously awarded emergency grant payment.