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OPE: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ED-GRANTS-080221-001

  • Granting Agency: Office of Postsecondary, Department of Education
  • Appropriation Amount: $767,300,000
  • Grant Amount: Award Ceiling $3,000,000, Award Floor $1,000,000, No match
  • Announcement Date: August 02, 2021
  • Closing Date: October 1, 2021

Federal Registry Notice

Purpose: To aid students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus

Eligible Expenditures: (1) defray expenses associated with the coronavirus, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll; and (2) provide financial aid grants 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 the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or childcare. In making financial aid grants to students, an IHE must prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, such as Pell recipient students. IHEs are urged to devote the maximum amount of funds possible to student financial aid grants. Additionally, under ARP section 2003(5), institutions must use a portion of their funds under ALN 84.425L to (1) implement evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress coronavirus in accordance with the public health guidelines; and (2) conduct direct outreach to financial aid applicants about the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to recent unemployment status or other changes in financial circumstances as described in section 479A of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1087tt).

Eligible Applicants:
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education