Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) under the CRRSAA Act
EMERGENCY GRANTS UNDER THE CRRSAA ACT
Section 314(1)(a) of the Coronavirus, Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), enacted on December 27, 2020, allows 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 been allotted a second round of funds, designated under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), to assist students with emergency grants. These one-time emergency grants to students 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.”
The main criterion for a HEERF II Grant is the demonstration of a genuine, eligible expense and that the capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship.
- Must be a student currently enrolled for the spring 2021 semester in a degree program; a student enrolled for the spring 2021 semester in a degree program offered exclusively online (e.g., GPS programs) must be enrolled full time, as defined by the program.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Must have filed a 2019‐2020 or 2020‐2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that confirms your citizenship status. (Students who are eligible for Title IV federal aid, but did not accept this aid, are eligible for the HEERF grant.) Please note that the 20-21 FAFSA EFC will be used to determine the amount of the HEERF II Grant; if only a 19-20 FAFSA is on file, the 19-20 EFC will be used.
- 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.
- Once grants are posted for eligible students starting in mid-March, students will need to certify that eligible expenses were incurred when requesting disbursement of the grant in Sage. The request for disbursement must be submitted no later than Friday, April 9, 2021. The expenses incurred must be equal to, or in excess of, the amount of the HEERF II Grant awarded, plus any HEERF Grant I and Brandeis Emergency Fund Grant payments received since March 13, 2020.