The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, also referred to as HEERF, is a three part relief plan implemented by the Government that provided much needed aid and relief to institutions struggling as a result of COVID-19.
To help you better understand these funds, we have provided a comparison of three distributions of funds to institutions across the country. It includes not only what funds have been distributed, but also covers how the funds can be used, when they need to be used by, etc.
In addition to the comparison chart, we have also included a brief summary of each distribution below, along with how it can be used for our services, so that you can make an informed decision and best allocate your resources.
HEERF funds can be used for emergency costs that arise due to the pandemic. This includes tuition, food, housing, health care and child care. Notably included in health care uses are for mental health, which has been specifically referenced in an acknowledgement of the massive mental health crisis that has occured as part of the pandemic.
Because our program is an extension of an institution’s on-campus programs, or even their only offering for health care (physical and mental), our services absolutely qualify for using HEERF funds.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed into law on March 13, 2020. Here are the key takeaways:
Click here for more information about the HEERF I Funds were distributed.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act) was passed into law December 27, 2020. This law was passed 9 months later after the initial round of relief was not meeting the holistic needs of college students.
Click here for more information about how the HEERF II Funds were distributed.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was passed into law on March 11, 2021.
If you would like to find out more about how our program can benefit your institution, and how you can use HEERF funds to pay for it, please contact our sales team.