The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund HEERF II Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund HEERF II Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021

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.

The Monongalia County Technical Education Center was eligible to participate in the two programs below based on the approval of the grant applications for the CRRSAA completed in April 2021.

Program: Student Portion
CRRSAA Action Section: Section 314(a)(1)
Eligibility:  Public and Nonprofit Title IV participating

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

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

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

Under CRRSAA, financial aid grants are made to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education), 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.  The Secretary does not consider these individual financial aid grants to constitute Federal financial aid under Title IV of the HEA.

Who is eligible for the Student Aid portion?

The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants.  However, students do not need to be Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell Grants in order to receive this financial aid grant.

The Monongalia County Technical Education Center distributed CRRSAA HEERF II student aid funding to all students who were active as of March 1, 2021.  Grant funds were disbursed evenly among 50 students enrolled in Title IV eligible programs during second semester 2021.

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

What are the reporting requirements for the Student Aid portion?

Recipient must promptly and timely report to the Department on the use of funds no later than 6 months after the date of this award in a manner to be specified by the Secretary pursuant to section 314(e) of the CRRSAA.  Recipient must also promptly and timely provide a detailed accounting of the use of funds provided by this award in such manner and with such subsequent frequency as the Secretary may require.

 

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

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

As a condition for receiving grant funds, the institution of higher education, as defined in section 101 or 102 (c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), 20 USC 1001 or 1002 (c), must have also entered into the Public and Nonprofit Institution Grant Funds for Students Certification and Agreement under the CRRSAA (CFDA 84.425E)

What are permissible expenses under the Institutional Aid portion?

Institutional Aid portion of the grant funds are to be used to defray expenses associated with coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll); carry out student support activities authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) that address needs related to coronavirus; and make additional financial grants to students, 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.

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

  • Total Allocated to MTEC: $101,731
  • Total Distributed to MTEC:  $

What are the reporting requirements for the Institutional Aid portion?

Recipient must promptly and timely report to the Department on the use of funds no later than 6 months after the date of this award in a manner to be specified by the Secretary pursuant to section 314(e) of the CRRSAA.  Recipient must also promptly and timely provide a detailed accounting of the use of funds provided by this award in such manner and with such subsequent frequency as the Secretary may require.

CRRSAA:  Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) info:

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/crrsaa.html

 

 

 





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