CRRSA Act Emergency Grant (HEERFII)
The Federal CRRSA Act includes funds for students to help with immediate needs related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act).
Cuesta College will be disbursing 3.6 million to students in the form of emergency grants over the course of the Spring 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
Over 5,000 students at Cuesta College may be eligible to apply for a grant.
Unlike HEERF I/CARES Act funds, students do not need to be Title IV- eligible to receive HEERF II/ CRRSA Act funds. Cuesta College determines eligible students by the completion of a FAFSA application.
Funds will be expended in the following manner:
Phase 1- Identify eligible students based on Pell EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and administer baseline grants according to a tiered metric system. Students’ CRRSA Act grant amounts will be determined by the student’s Pell EFC as calculated by the student’s FAFSA. This will be a onetime draw of students for awarding on Friday, March 26th.
Phase 2- We will continue to make requests based on individual applications, each semester while we have CRRSA Act funds available. Apply on the Financial Aid Website.
Frequently Asked Questions
CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund (HEERF) to assist enrolled students (excluding exclusively online students, non-degree seeking students and non-Title IV eligible students) for expenses related to the disruption of on-campus operations due to the pandemic in Spring 2020. CARES funding to students has been fully exhausted. CRRSA Act is a supplemental grant for HEERF to assist Spring 2021 enrolled students who have “exceptional need” with emergency costs that have directly resulted from Coronavirus. For CRRSA Act, students do not need to be Title IV eligible. Cuesta College determines eligible students by the completion of a FAFSA application.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CRRSA Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSA Act 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 CRRSA Act explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education and non-Title IV eligible students. By this definition a FAFSA applicant would be eligible for the CRRSA Act grant.
Financial aid grants for students may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
Because CRRSA Act is meant for students with exceptional need, we have determined
that using a Pell EFC range would be best. Eligible students were identified by reviewing
students’ FAFSA and Pell EFC, and students’ CRRSA Act Grant amounts were determined
by the student’s EFC according to the table below:
No, the CRRSA Act Grant does not affect any financial aid. This grant does not need to be repaid.
We will continue to make requests based on individual applications. Apply on the Financial Aid Website.
Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, students who are not FAFSA applicants will not be eligible for the CRRSA Act Emergency Grant. At Cuesta College we are looking for other ways to support our Undocumented, DACA and International Students.
Disbursements will be sent through BankMobile. If you have not set up your disbursement method with BankMobile, your disbursement may be delayed. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com if you need assistance selecting your disbursement method with BankMobile.
We have until Spring 2022 to spend the funds we have been allocated.