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Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II)



Overview:

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was approved by Congress and includes support for higher education, including emergency grants for students facing expenses due to COVID-19. Reformed University is set to receive approximately $93,559, of which $35,225 is designated for emergency grants that will be awarded directly to students. The remaining funds are designated for use by the institution to cover unexpected expenses.

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance on distribution of these emergency grants to students. They recommended a students’ need, as determined by the completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be strongly considered when awarding funds. This means that students must have submitted a FAFSA to Reformed University and met all Federal Financial Aid eligibility guidelines required to be Title IV (federal) aid eligible.

Eligibility 

To be eligible for HEERF II Emergency Funds, students:

Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student

Must be enrolled in the Winter 2021 semester in at least 1 credit hour as of April 1, 2021.

Must have a valid FAFSA on file as of April 1, 2021

Must be considered an eligible citizen or non-citizen verified through FAFSA completion

Must have demonstrated need (as determined by the FAFSA)

The University has identified 7 students who meet the above listed criteria and have a 2019-2020 EFC that qualifies them for funding as students who are Title IV aid eligible. Award amounts range between $5,000 and $5,125

Disbursement of Grants

Please note these are automatic grants (no application process necessary) and will be distributed in the same manner as financial aid refunds. These grants do not need to be repaid.

Students will be notified about the award via the Reformed University email. 

HEERF II funding must be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or child care. The grants may not fully cover the expenses a student has incurred due to the disruption.

Paying an existing balance using HEERF II Grants

Students receiving a HEERF II grant may elect to have any award amount first applied to outstanding student account balances. To make this declaration, students must complete the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II Authorization form and submit the completed form to the Financial Aid Office.

Students not electing to have HEERF II grants first applied to outstanding student account balances may choose to bypass the student account balance and be disbursed directly.

Reformed University does not (1) condition the receipt of financial aid grants to students on continued or future enrollment in the institution, (2) use the financial aid grants to satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance, unless it has obtained the student’s written (or electronic), affirmative consent, or (3) require such consent as a condition of receipt of or eligibility for the financial aid grant.


April 10, 2021 Update: HEERF II funds allocated to Reformed University have been distributed and the HEERF II process is now closed.



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CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund(HEERF I)

 

Reformed University received CARES Act funds on September 10, 2020. The following information is provided per U.S. Department of Education reporting requirements. Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”), Public Law 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

1. Reformed University acknowledges that it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students on September 25, 2020. Reformed University has allocated 100% of CARES ACT funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to student. a) As of October 31, 2020, there are no changes to the CARES Act funding received by Reformed University or the allocation percentage to students.

2. The total amount of funds Reformed University received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $35,255.

3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed by Reformed University to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $35,255.

4. The estimated total number of students at Reformed University eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 8.

5. The estimated total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 8.

6. The methodology used by Reformed University to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is outlined below: a) In alignment with Dept of Education guidance, Reformed University distributed CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Title IV aid-eligible students. Each recipient must have been enrolled in Spring 2020 and must be currently enrolled in Fall 2020.

7. Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by Reformed University to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, included the following: a) Eligible students were notified as follows: • They required no additional application to receive CARES Act funding. • They received an award (emergency financial aid grant) through CARES Act funding provided to the university. • The amount of the award. • The award/refund was generated from individual student accounts via direct deposit. For those who do not have direct deposit, a check was mailed to the student’s permanent address. • CARES Act funds are not taxable, per federal guidelines. “Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income.” (https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund-and-emergency-financial-aid-grants-under-the-cares-act) • In alignment with Dept of Education guidance, Reformed University distributed CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to all Title IV aid-eligible students at the University. Each recipient must have been enrolled in Spring 2020 and must be currently enrolled in Fall 2020. The University allocated $4,500 to students who had dependent children and $4,275 to all other students.