Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Disclosures  

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (HEERF I) & Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) (HEERF II)


Overview

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. government in the spring of 2020 to provide support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides funding to the nation’s colleges and universities to provide emergency grants to students. This funding also covers a portion of certain unbudgeted costs and lost revenue due to the disruption of campus activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic under the HEERF’s Institutional portion. Humboldt State University has signed and returned the Recipient's Funding Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education indicating that the University will use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency aid to students. Humboldt State University was awarded $10,302,998, of which no less than $5,151,499 or 50%, was disbursed to students. In addition, Humboldt State University was awarded $733,295 in Minority Serving Institution (MSI) HEERF funds.

In late December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed by the U.S. government to provide additional support as a result of the financial challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic. Through CRRSAA, Humboldt State University was awarded additional grant funds through the HEERF. Humboldt State University was awarded $10,978,517 in additional Institutional funds and $5,151,499 in additional Student Aid funds. Humboldt State University’s acceptance of the terms of this additional grant is indicated by drawing funds from the grants. In addition, Humboldt State University has been awarded $1,005,923 in additional Minority Serving Institution (MSI) HEERF funds.

In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed by the U.S. government to provide additional continued support as a result of the financial challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic. Humboldt State University has not yet been awarded additional grant funds under this component of the HEERF.

Student Emergency Grants (CARES - HEERF I)

The Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was signed and returned on April 22, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, HSU was awarded $5,151,499. Upon receiving the funding allocation in April 2020, HSU distributed grants to eligible students based on financial need. 

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). 

  • Total amount: $5,151,499 as of January 1, 2021 (FINAL)  

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • 5261 received automatic grants (FAFSA filers)

  • Roughly 1,400 eligible to request grants (did not file FAFSA)

  • 981 students received requested grants, as of January 1, 2021 (FINAL)

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • 6,242 students received CARES grants as of January 1, 2021 (FINAL)

The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • Amounts were based on EFC (from FAFSA) and whether the student was enrolled in full time or less than full time.

  • Amounts for requested grants were based on need.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Student Emergency Grants (CRRSAA - HEERF II)

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021 was authorized, providing an additional $5,151,499 in emergency aid for students.

The following totals are as of April 8, 2021:

Block grants were disbursed to all students who filed a FAFSA and had an EFC up to $25,558 (COA). Amounts ranged from $500 to $1200.

  • 4,160 students, totalling $4,483,300

All other students were invited to request emergency funds using an online hardship request form. Amounts have ranged from $200 to $2000, depending on need and circumstances. Priority is given to students who have not received any emergency grants this academic year.

  • 263 students, totaling $174,324

Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information

The Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was signed and returned on May 1, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, HSU was awarded $5,151,499. Humboldt State has drawn down the full amount of this award. 

Humboldt State University was awarded an additional $10,978,517 under the Institutional Portion of the HEERF under CRRSAA. Humboldt State has drawn $65,978 of the additional funds awarded through CRRSAA. The campus continues to accumulate and review costs incurred due to COVID-19, determining which amounts to reimburse with the remaining funding from the Institutional Portion of the CRRSAA HEERF.

Humboldt State University has used the Institutional Portion of the HEERF funding as noted in the Quarterly Expenditure Reports provided below.

Minority Serving Institution Funds (MSI) - Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The Funding Certification and Agreement for the MSI Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was signed and returned on May 1, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, HSU was awarded $733,295. Note: On October 24, 2020, HSU received an additional $6,109, bringing the revised total award to $739,404. Humboldt State has drawn down the full amount of this award. 

Humboldt State University was awarded an additional $1,005,923 under the MSI Portion of the HEERF under CRRSAA, but no funds have been drawn down under this grant. Humboldt State is continuing to accumulate and review the costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to evaluate which costs will be reimbursed with the additional funds from the MSI portion of the CRRSAA HEERF funding.


Quarterly Expenditure Reports

September 30, 2020

December 31, 2020

March 31, 2021

 

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