ASU CARES Act Student Fund Grant / Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
HEERF Institutional Quarterly Reports
HEERF III (ARP) STUDENT QUARTERLY REPORTs
HEERF II (CRRSAA) Student Quarterly Reports
HEERF I (CARES) Reporting
Frequently Asked Questions
How was HEERF III (ARP) Fall 2021 grant amounts determined?
- Priority will be given to students with exceptional need. ASU will define exceptional need as students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 – up to 5711.
- Students must be enrolled Fall 2021 with a completed registration status.
- Registration status will be reviewed after verification of attendance and funds awarded mid to late September.
- Eligible students will be notified of award; an application will not be required.
- Students exclusively enrolled in distance education may receive these funds.
- Students don’t have to be eligible for Title IV aid to receive financial assistance under the HEERF programs.
- Enrollment status, classification and financial need according to the FAFSA will be considered in determining the amount of the award. Awards will be awarded until funds are no longer available.
Students with “0” EFC
- Undergrad (6 or more credit hours) up to $3200
- Undergrad (5 or less credit hours) up to $3000
- Grad (6 or more credit hours) up to $1600
- Grad (5 or less credit hours) up to $1500
Students with "1 – 5711" EFC
- Undergrad (6 or more credit hours) up to $2800
- Undergrad (5 or less credit hours) up to $2600
- Grad (6 or more credit hours) up to $1400
- Grad (5 or less credit hours) up to $1300
Students with an EFC over "5711"
- Undergrad (6 or more credit hours) up to $1200
- Undergrad (5 or less credit hours) up to $1100
- Grad (6 or more credit hours) up to $1000
- Grad (5 or less credit hours) up to $900
Students without a FAFSA or valid FAFSA
- Undergrad up to $800
- Grad up to $700
- Note: Grant amount will not be adjusted if a FAFSA is completed after initial awarding.
What is The Cares/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided by the Federal Government?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
Who is eligible to apply for CARES Act funding?
Degree-seeking students enrolled in spring 2020 who are eligible to apply for federal Title IV financial aid are eligible to apply for CARES Act funds.
*Students enrolled in fully online graduate programs, international, and undocumented students are not eligible. It also excludes those who are not currently eligible for aid based on not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and withdrawals.
What expenses are eligible to be covered?
CARES Act funds only can be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 such as:
- Housing (such as having to move off campus when dormitories close)
- Course materials
- Health care
- Child care
- Technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when the student's courses are moved online)
- Transportation (such as having to fly home because classes were cancelled or having to return from study abroad because of program cancellation)
How will CARES Act funding be distributed?
Funds will be paid through BankMobile.
Contact Bursar’s Office (Need Help Link): https://www.alcorn.edu/offices/finance-and-administration/fiscal-affairs/bursar/bursar-need-help.
How will students be notified if they are approved for funding?
Students will be sent an email notifying them if they are approved for funding.
How will ASU determine initial amount awarded?
- Spring 2020 CARES Act Initial Awarding:
- Undergraduate Full-Time ($1,100); Part-Time ($550)
- Graduate Full-Time ($900); Part-Time ($450)
- Fall 2020 CARES Act Awarding (Remaining Funds):
- Preference given to Undergraduate
- Awards totaling $477 and $478 (Remaining funds divided by eligible undergraduate applicants