FAQ’s about HEERF Grants
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund


What is HEERF II and where did the funding for emergency grants come from?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) money, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), was passed on December 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was creating the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). HEERF II provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the HEERF II Emergency Grants Website.

Is the money I receive from the HEERF II emergency grants considered taxable income?

No. The emergency funding you received for unexpected expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic qualify as disaster relief payments under the IRS tax code. This grant funding is not included as part of your gross income for 2021.

How can I apply for a COVID19 Supplemental Emergency Grant?

Fill out the HEERF Application form here, and submit to the CARES office. More instructions are included in the PDF file.

Who is eligible?

Students enrolled in non-credit or CEU courses from March 13, 2020 to now.

How much can I get from the Supplemental Grant application?

Students have varying needs at this time. The supplemental grant funding is designed to “supplement” and is not guaranteed to cover all your costs.

I applied for and received supplemental funds in a prior term, can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply for supplemental funds each semester; please be prepared to demonstrate your financial COVID impact (loss of wages or increased costs due to COVID) each time.

When will I know if my request for supplemental funding has been approved?

Processing times may vary depending on the volume of applications. Student will receive an email notification when the request is approved. It may take up to 2 weeks for an application to be approved, submitting applications without documentation may cause delay in processing time. If you have submitted an application please monitor your email for communication from the CARES office.