Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) under the ARP Act
EMERGENCY GRANTS UNDER THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT
On March 11, 2021, President 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.
Brandeis University is pleased to announce that it has been allotted a third 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 III Grant is the demonstration of a genuine, eligible expense incurred and that the capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship.
- Must be an 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.
- 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 early June, 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 Wednesday, June 30. 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 is eligible is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the 20-21 FAFSA or, for students not eligible to file the FAFSA, other financial aid applications currently on file. (Please note that students cannot appeal their need category.) Grant amounts will be awarded to eligible students as follows:
|Expected Family Contribution||HEERF III Grant Amount|
|No FAFSA/No application on file||$75|