Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II
Federal Emergency Grant: Student Distribution
the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, included additional COVID-19
relief through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations
Act. This relief included monies for
colleges and universities to access through the Higher Education Emergency
Relief Fund II (HEERF II). This is a second
appropriated allocation noted often as HEERF II.
University has received a HEERF II allocation to provide emergency financial
aid grants to students. The grants can
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 childcare. Students
must have exceptional need and students qualifying for the Federal Pell Grant
will receive priority consideration.
The Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the primary way that SPU determines
exceptional need, but there was an option for students to document need that
may not be captured through the FAFSA.
$1,445,238 in emergency grant funds through HEERF II to distribute to
As of March 30,
2021, $1,445,238 was allocated to eligible students.
total number of students eligible to receive an emergency grant was 3,179 students.
received emergency grants.
The awarding methods,
student amounts, and guidance is below.
ii. FAFSA Filer
iii. EFC less than or equal to $10,000
iv. Unmet Need greater than or equal to
v. Amount: $1,200, Pell grant eligible; $1,000,
all other students
i. Notification began Thursday, March 11th
ii. Students will receive an authorization
form to complete to indicate to have the grant to pay their account or receive
the funds directly. To be completed by March
18th. Students who did not
respond were provided the funds directly.
students, excluding international and undocumented students, received access to
an application to be considered for the emergency grant by completing an
were permitted to complete one application.
of available application occurred on Thursday, March 18th. Students were notified that the application
would be available for one week, until end of Day Thursday, March 25th.
will be able to identify the costs/expenses that need assistance.
v. Course Materials
vii. Health Care
can provide additional information that may be helpful in establishing need.
grant requested: requested amounts are not guaranteed
to pay account or directly to the applicant
of information, acknowledgement of no guarantee of funds and balance owed SPU,
and consequences of providing falsehoods.
of Available Funding to Applicants
were reviewed on Friday, March 26th.
Grant and FAFSA filers were prioritized.
varied based on financial need and available funding.
i. Pell Grant students received $1,000,
$1,500, or $2,000 based on unmet financial need and amount requested
ii. Non-Pell Grant eligible students who
filed a FAFSA received $1,000 or $1,500 based on their unmet financial need and
iii. Students who did not file a FAFSA
of grants to applicants was completed on March 30th.