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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Federal Government established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES) on March 27, 2020, a portion of which, Student Aid Funds, is to be used to provide emergency assistance to students. Supplemental funds were later authorized through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)/(HEERF II) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP)/(HEERF III) to continue support for institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUNY Downstate has been allocated HEERF Student Aid Funds to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic for expenses related to any component of the student’s cost of attendance and/or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

As a recipient of HEERF Student Aid Funds, SUNY Downstate is required by the federal Education Department (ED) to report the following elements on a quarterly basis:

  1. An acknowledgement that the certification agreement was signed and returned to the federal Education Department (ED) and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, all of the Student Aid Funds to provide emergency grants to students.
  2. The total amount of HEERF Funds that the institution will receive or has received.
  3. The total amount of emergency grants distributed to students.
  4. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive an emergency grant.
  5. The total number of students who received an emergency grant.
  6. The method the institution used to determine which students will receive emergency grants and how much funding they will receive. [Awarding Methodology]
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency grants.

The above reporting elements are included within following links and/or as part of the Federal Disclosure Reporting Chart on the right side bar.

Federal Disclosure Reporting Chart Below is the combined quarterly reporting summary for the HEERF Student Aid Funds made available through CARES, CRRSAA, and the ARP satisfying the required reporting elements numbers 2, 3, and 5 listed above:

Student Aid Funds Required Federal Disclosures Voluntary Disclosures
Report Period HEERF Reporting Elements
Total amount of HEERF funds the institution will receive or has received

Total amount of Emergency Grants distributed to students

Total number of students who received an Emergency Grant

Total amount of Emergency Grants distributed to students

Total number of students who received an Emergency Grant

Quarterly Report for March 31, 2021
Posted on 07/01/2021

$329,014

$329,014

658 students

(unduplicated)

$329,014

658 students

(unduplicated)

Quarterly Report for June 30, 2021
Posted on 07/01/2021
$658,028 $658,028

1598 students

(unduplicated)

$658,028

1598 students

(unduplicated)

Quarterly Report for September 30, 2021
Posted on 01/07/2022
$798,462 $0

0

0

0

Quarterly Report for December 30, 2021
Posted on 01/07/2022
$798,462 $729,525.32

1105

   
Quarterly Report for April 10, 2022
Posted on 04/08/2022
$798,462 $741,371.05

1118

   

 

* Click the HEERF I, II, and III links for the following required reporting elements listed above: (1) the acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement; (4) the estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive emergency grants; (6) Awarding Methodology; and (7) any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency grants.

HEERF Institutional Funds

Below is the required quarterly reporting for HEERF Institutional Funds made available through CARES, CRRSAA, and the ARP: