HEERF Grant III (ARP) Reporting

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ARP Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III Grants to Students Required Report (posted July 8, 2021; updated Oct. 8, 2021; updated Jan. 6, 2022)

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Pub. L. 117-2). The ARP appropriated funds for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for HEERF to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. HEERF III allows higher education institutions to use these appropriated funds to support students, and the institution itself, with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The following information is provided by Brandeis University University as required by the Department of Education (ED) to comply with the reporting requirements under the ARP Act. The first report is required to be posted no more than 10 days after the end of the quarter, with subsequent updates required no more than 10 days after each quarter thereafter, ending with the date on which all funds are expended.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the HEERF III Grant was as follows:

  • Active student (or May 2021 graduate) who was enrolled in a full-time degree program at Brandeis University during the entirety of the spring 2021 semester; students enrolled for the spring 2021 semester in a degree program offered exclusively online (e.g., GPS programs) must have been enrolled in a full-time courseload, as defined by the program.
  • Student must have experienced a financial hardship related to 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.
  • Students must certify that eligible expenses were incurred when requesting disbursement of the grant. The expenses incurred must be equal to, or in excess of, the amount of the HEERF III Grant awarded, plus any HEERF Grant I and II and Brandeis Emergency Fund Grant payments received since March 13, 2020.

The Department of Education did not place any restrictions on these funds, as they did with HEERF I and II, in regards to citizenship or eligibility for Title IV aid except to require that Brandeis prioritize its distribution of HEERF III funds to students with exceptional financial need. Thus, the amount of funds for which each student was eligible was based on the SAI (Student Aid Index, formerly EFC) as determined by the 20-21 FAFSA or, for students not eligible to file the FAFSA, other financial aid applications currently on file. Grants were offered to eligible students, regardless of citizenship status, as follows:

Student Aid Index     HEERF III Grant Amount
$0 – $10,000                 $2,850
$10,001 – $25,000  $1,400
$25,001 – $50,000 $700
> $50,000              $250
No FAFSA/No application on file $  75