The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is a federal grant program that provides financial assistance to institutions of higher education and their students who have been financially impacted the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was created the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020, and has been further funded the biologybooks and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
Who is Eligible for HEERF Grants?
HEERF grants are available to all public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education, including colleges, universities, community colleges, and trade schools. To be eligible, an institution must meet certain requirements, such as having a student population of at least 300 students.
How Much Money Can an Institution Receive?
The amount of HEERF grant funding that an institution receives is determined a formula that takes into account the institution’s enrollment, financial need, and other factors. In general, larger institutions with more students in financial need receive more grant funding.
How Can Institutions Use HEERF Funds?
HEERF funds can be used to support a variety of student needs, such as:
- Financial aid for students
- Technology and internet access for students
- Mental health and wellness services for students
- Housing and food assistance for students
- Student emergency funds
- Faculty and staff support
- Campus operations
How Can Students Apply for HEERF Funds?
Students who are eligible for HEERF funds can apply through their institution’s financial aid office. The specific application process will vary from institution to institution.
What Are the Deadlines for HEERF Grants?
The deadlines for applying for and using HEERF funds vary from institution to institution. However, most institutions have already begun distributing HEERF funds to students, and the deadlines for using the funds are typically within a few years.
The HEERF grant is a valuable resource for institutions of higher education and their students who have been financially impacted the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a student who is struggling financially, be sure to contact your institution’s financial aid office to see if you are eligible for HEERF funds.