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CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

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

Program: Institutional Portion
CRRSAA Action Section: Section 314(a)(1)
Eligibility: Public and Nonprofit Title IV participating institutions 
View Allocation Table Here

CRRSAA ACT SECTION 314(a)(1): HEERF II Student Aid Portion

What is the HEERF Student Aid portion of the CARES Act?

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.

Who is eligible for the Student Aid portion?

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:

  1. Grants will first be distributed to students with a valid EFC generated from the most recently received 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Grants will then be distributed to active students in the Spring 2021 UPMC semester without a valid EFC generated from a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

How much funding was allocated to UPMC Mercy and how much has been distributed to students?

  • Total Allocated to UPMC Mercy Hospital SON: $87,812.00
  • Total Distributed to UPMC Mercy Hospital SON Students as of 09/30/2021: $87,812.00

What are the reporting requirements for the Student Aid portion?

As of October 1, 2021, schools are required to report HEERF Student Aid utilizing a self created template. All quarterly reports for HEERF Student Aid can be found below.

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. 

FY22 Q1 HEERF Student Aid Report - October 2021 (PDF)

CRRSAA ACT SECTION 314(a)(1): HEERF II Institutional Aid Portion

What is the Institutional Aid portion of the CRRSAA Act HEERF II?

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.

What are permissible expenses under the Institutional Aid portion?

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.

How much funding was allocated to UPMC Mercy and how much has been utilized?

  • Total Allocated to UPMC Mercy Hospital SON: $196,204.00
  • Total Distributed to UPMC Mercy Hospital SON as of 09/30/21: $0.00
  • Total Awaiting Distribution to UPMC Mercy SON as of 09/30/2021: $11,458.24

What are the reporting requirements for the Institutional Aid portion?

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. 

FY22 Q1 HEERF Institutional and FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Reporting

FY22 Q1 HEERF Student Aid Report_MH - October 2021.pdf

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