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.
Emmanuel received notification on January 17, 2020 that COVID stimulus funding was available to the institution. An allocation of $435,725 for students and an allocation of $1,006,414 for the institution was made available. On March 4, 2021 an additional institutional allocation of $61,273 was received through the Strengthening Institutions Program.
Colleges and Universities are required to disclose the amount of COVID relief funds awarded to students and the selection criteria used for the award process.
Emmanuel will utilize a two fold process to award CRRSA funds.
Automatic Awards: The first round of funding will be automatically awarded to students known to have high financial need as reflected by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial Aid Office personnel will identify Pell-eligible students and generate an automatic CRRSA award using the matrix below.
CRRSAA Grant Aid Population
$ of award
Auto Zero EFO
Appeals: After the initial round of automatic awards has been made any student with exceptional circumstances may appeal for COVID relief funds. Please submit all applications to the Office of Financial Aid for review.
At the end of the appeals process, any remaining funds will be evenly distributed to all students identified as having an “automatic zero” estimated family contribution on the FAFSA.
As of April 14, 2021 the student allocation of CRRSA funding has been exhausted. All automatic awarded and granted appeals have disbursed to student accounts or directly to the student.
CRRSAA Automatic Awards
# of Recipients
Auto Zero EFO
CRRSAA Appeals Granted
# of Recipients
CRRSAA Total Awarded
# of Recipients
Federal guidelines dictate the college make quarterly reports regarding HEERF funding available to the public. CRRSA funds were made available in January of the 2020-2021 academic year. The quarterly reports for that period are below.
Frequently Asked questions
The CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund (HEERF) to assist enrolled students (excluding exclusively online students and non-degree seeking students) for expenses related to the disruption of on-campus operations due to the COVID pandemic that began in Spring 2020. CARES funding to students has been fully exhausted. CRRSA is the second HEERF program and was intended to assist enrolled students who had “exceptional need” with their account balance or with emergency costs that directly resulted from Coronavirus.
The guidance from the Department of Education states that “unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants. In addition, the CRRSAA explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.”
The Emmanuel Financial Aid staff will determine individual student eligibility based on the guidance listed above and the institutional process noted previously on this page.
CRRSAA funds are intended to assist students with exceptional financial need. This may include students that face significant unexpected expenses either for themselves or their family, as well as circumstances such as loss of income, reduction in income, food or housing insecurity, or trouble paying bills, including your tuition at Emmanuel.
Please note that Emmanuel may not place conditions on your receipt of CRRSAA funding. Receiving CRRSAA funds does not obligate you to continue enrollment at Emmanuel. Nor is the funding required to be used to cover any outstanding account balance at Emmanuel. These funds are only applied against your Emmanuel account balance if you sign a consent form allowing the college to do so.
CRRSAA awards will be automatically made to eligible students using the matrix listed above. CRRSAA funds will be reflected on your NetPartner account once your award has been made.
Students that sign a consent form to allow CRRSAA funding to help cover an existing account balance at Emmanuel will receive a refund if the CRRSAA funding exceeds the balance owed. Credit balances generated on a student account are deposited via direct deposit or by check within 10 days.
Students that do not provide a consent form will receive CRRSAA funding via direct deposit or check within 10 days of the funds being posted to the account.