The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.
UPMC Schools of Nursing (SON) were automatically eligible to participate in the two programs below based on the approval of the grant applications for the CARES Act completed in April 2020.
Program: Student Portion
CRRSAA Action Section: Section 314(a)(1)
Eligibility: Public and Nonprofit Title IV participating institutions Note: Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education but should contact their institutions for further information and guidance.
View Allocation Table Here
The HEERF II Student Aid funding is reserved to provide students with financial aid grants, which 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.
Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants to be identified as having exceptional need
The UPMC SON will distribute CRRSAA HEERF II Student Aid funding to all active students as of March 1, 2021 in the following manner:
In May 2020, the US Department of Education announced a 30 day reporting requirement for all institutions participating in the HEERF Student Aid program. As of August 31, 2020, the reporting requirement has been changed to a quarterly basis. No formal guidance to date has been released pertaining to HEERF II Student Aid program.
The US Department of Education granted institutions of higher education the use of up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
Permissible expenses covered under the Institutional Aid portion include but are not limited to, costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction, costs associated to orders, waivers and safeguards set forth by government officials and/or outstanding expenditures associated to the loss of revenue.
On October 13, 2020 the US Department of Education released further guidance regarding the reporting requirement for the Institutional Aid funding. All institutions participating in the HEERF Institutional Aid program are required to submit reports on a quarterly basis. No formal guidance to date has been released pertaining to HEERF II Institutional Aid program.