Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II

Federal Emergency Grant: Student Distribution

Congress, through 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.

Seattle Pacific 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.  

SPU received $1,445,238 in emergency grant funds through HEERF II to distribute to qualifying students. 

As of March 30, 2021, $1,445,238 was allocated to eligible students. 

The estimated total number of students eligible to receive an emergency grant was 3,179 students. 

1,091 students received emergency grants.

The awarding methods, student amounts, and guidance is below.

Distribution process

1.    Selected Student Recipients

a.    Eligible Students

                                          i.    Undergraduate

                                         ii.    FAFSA Filer

                                        iii.    EFC less than or equal to $10,000

                                       iv.    Unmet Need greater than or equal to $3,000

                                         v.    Amount: $1,200, Pell grant eligible; $1,000, all other students

b.    Process

                                          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.


2.    Application

a.    All students, excluding international and undocumented students, received access to an application to be considered for the emergency grant by completing an application. 

b.    Students were permitted to complete one application.

c.     Notification 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.

d.    Applicants will be able to identify the costs/expenses that need assistance.

                                          i.    Tuition/Fees

                                         ii.    Housing

                                        iii.    Food

                                       iv.    Travel

                                         v.    Course Materials

                                       vi.    Technology

                                      vii.    Health Care

                                     viii.    Childcare

                                       ix.    Other

e.    Applicants can provide additional information that may be helpful in establishing need.

f.      Total grant requested: requested amounts are not guaranteed

g.    Authorization to pay account or directly to the applicant

h.    Certification of information, acknowledgement of no guarantee of funds and balance owed SPU, and consequences of providing falsehoods.


3.    Distribution of Available Funding to Applicants

a.    Applications were reviewed on Friday, March 26th.

b.    Pell Grant and FAFSA filers were prioritized.

c.     Amounts 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 amount requested.

                                        iii.    Students who did not file a FAFSA received $500.

d.    Distribution of grants to applicants was completed on March 30th

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