HEERF II Reporting
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
Cedarville University HEERF II Reporting
Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) HEERF II (CRRSAA), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 3144 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”). The HEERF II Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) HEERF II of the Act to make financial aid grants to students, which 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. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education. Funds may be used for pre-award costs incurred on or after December 27, 2020.
- Cedarville University was not required to apply for HEERF II funds since it received CARES Act funding (under Section 18004(e)).
- Cedarville University was required to spend at least the same amount on student grants as was required with CARES Act funding (which was $1,147,162). Cedarville University spent $1,150,000 on student grants within the HEERF II program.
- Awarding progression:
- Cedarville University evaluated 4,351 students enrolled Spring 2021 at the time the HEERF II funding was provided. Of these enrolled students, Cedarville initially determined that 2,479 students were eligible.
- As of June 30th, Cedarville University has disbursed the Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II Grant as follows:
- Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II
- 2,475 student recipients with grants ranging from $75 - $700
- $957,200 was the total amount awarded and disbursed
- These student recipients were awarded on March 12, 2021.
- Supplemental Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II
- 173 student recipients
- $192,800 was the total amount awarded and disbursed
- These student recipients were awarded from March 17, 2021, through April 13, 2021.
- Breakdown of headcount for HEERF II Recipients:
- Received only Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II: 2,306
- Received both the Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II and the Supplemental Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II: 169
- Received only the Supplemental Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II: 4
- Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II
- Cedarville University carefully reviewed to ensure students met the eligibility requirements as set forth by the HEERF II Act and the US Department of Education. For initial awarding, those who:
- successfully completed the FAFSA
- successfully displayed they were either a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
- were enrolled at least 12 hours
- were enrolled in a residential program (undergraduate and graduate) and were deemed eligible to receive the HEERF II grant.
- Subsequent awarding of the Supplemental Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II Grant was for those who:
- Met all of the criteria listed above
- Contacted the financial aid office and reviewed/awarded on a case-by-case basis or who met all criteria and their FAFSA was received after initial awarding of the Higher ED Emergency Relief Funds II Grant.
- An email was sent to all recipients informing them of this award and how eligibility was determined. If a student did not provide affirmative consent to use the funds towards their student account, the cashier’s office issued payment directly to the student. Additionally, instructions were provided on how the funds would be made payable to the student’s account.