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COVID-19 Resources

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed on March 27th, 2020 to assist those who experienced economic hardship as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately $14 billion of the CARES Act funding was provided to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

In April 2020, the UPMC Schools of Nursing (SON) completed applications to participate in the three programs made eligible to our institution.

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CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (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.

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ARP: American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.

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