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  • CRRSAA Act HEERF II

    Posted: April 5, 2020
    Updated: July 30, 2021
    Updated: September, 23, 2021

    Worcester State University was allocated funding as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). This funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, and signed into law on December 27, 2020.

    This act required that $2,111,417 be disbursed directly to students to cover emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or child care. Additionally, this act requires prioritization of students who demonstrate the greatest financial need.

    Approximately 80% of CRRSAA HEERF II funds were automatically distributed to eligible undergraduate, graduate and non-degree seeking students based on a combination of the number of credit hours a student was registered for in the Spring 2021 semester and a student’s latest Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as of April 1, 2021. The EFC is an index number that is calculated based on the information students provide on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Utilizing these criteria allowed Worcester State University to support its students with the highest financial need.

    CRRSAA HEERF II Direct Payments

    Distribution of student payments followed a tiered process:

    Tier Credit Hours Distribution
    Tier 1 12+ credit hours $300.00
    Tier 2 6 up to 11.99 credit hours $200.00
    Tier 3 0.1 up to 5.99 credit hours $100.00

    Awarded students received an increased CRRSAA HEERF II direct payment (bonus), if the students had an EFC between $0.00 and $5,711.99 as follows:

    Tier Financial Aid EFC Distribution Bonus
    Bonus 1 EFC = 0-$2000 $300.00
    Bonus 2 EFC = $2000.01-$4000.00 $200.00
    Bonus 3 EFC = $4000.01-$5711.99 $100.00
    No Bonus EFC of 5712+ or no EFC $0.00

    Eligible students received payments through direct deposit. Students not then enrolled in direct deposit were encouraged to log in to WebAdvisor and follow the direct deposit instructions under the Financial Information header. Students who are not able to enroll in direct deposit, received a paper check at the student’s last known address.

    Federal guidelines excluded unqualified aliens, international students, and dual enrollment students from receiving CRRSAA HEERF II funds.

    CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Funds

    Approximately 20% of the CRRSAA HEERF II funds were reserved for supplemental emergency payments for students with additional critical financial needs as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Eligible students with additional financial need applied for Supplemental Funds. Any supplemental funding approved was in addition to the automatic payments noted above. Utilizing these criteria for supplemental payments allowed Worcester State University additional flexibility to support its students with the highest need. The number of students who receive supplemental payments was subject to the availability of funds. The maximum CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Fund award was $2,000 and students received no more than two CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Fund awards.

    To be considered for these funds, students applied for CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Funds to document that they had incurred an expense as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic and meet other eligibility criteria. Expenses could have related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses, among others. Students were asked to attach supporting documentation to their application. CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Fund applications were made available on April 15, 2021 and the funds were exhausted in mid-September, 2021.

    For students enrolled in Spring 2021, students were required to meet eligibility criteria including:

    • Undergraduate or graduate student in Spring 2021
    • Enrolled in any number of Spring 2021 credits on April 1, 2021
    • Not an unqualified alien, international student, and/or dual enrollment student
    • Submitted an approved CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Fund Application

    For students enrolled in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Intersession 2022, or Spring 2022, students were required to meet eligibility criteria including:

    • Undergraduate or graduate student in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Intersession 2022, or Spring 2022
    • Enrolled in any number of credits in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Intersession 2022, or Spring 2022
    • Not an unqualified alien, international student, and/or dual enrollment student
    • Submitted an approved CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Fund Application
  • CRRSAA HEERF II Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the CRRSAA HEERF II?

    The CRRSAA HEERF II is a Federal law that offered broad relief for disruptions due to COVID-19. Part of the CRRSAA HEERF II provided funding to colleges and universities to provide grant aid to students.

    What are the CRRSAA HEERF II funds for?

    To address the pressing financial needs of students due to the disruption of campus operations from the coronavirus. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses, among others. For example, a student may have needed to acquire internet at home or purchase a laptop to participate in remote coursework.

    Who is eligible for CRRSAA HEERF II funds?

    The CRRSAA HEERF II emergency student aid was available to enrolled graduate and undergraduate students while CRRSAA HEERF II funds remained available.

    How do I apply for CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Funds?

    CRRSAA HEERF II funding at Worcester State has been exhausted. No additional CRRSAA HEERF II awards can be made at this time. The CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Funds Application is no longer available.

    Are there deadlines to apply for CRRSAA HEERF II funds?

    CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Fund awards were made available until the funds were exhausted. The CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental funds were exhausted in mid-September, 2021.

    How much can students expect to receive?

    CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Fund awards ranged up to $2,000 per student, depending on a student specific review of needs. Students received no more than two CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Fund awards.

    How will I know if I am approved?

    Students were notified via their Worcester State email about the status of their application and next steps within one week of submitting the application.

    How will I receive the funds?

    Eligible students received payments through direct deposit. Students not then enrolled in direct deposit could log in to WebAdvisor and follow the direct deposit instructions under the Financial Information header. Students who were not able to enroll in direct deposit, received a paper check.

    Who do I contact with any questions?

    If you have any questions about the CRRSAA HEERF II Supplemental Funds application or process to be considered, please contact the Community Standards Office at 508-929-8648 or visit the office located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, Room 339. If you have generic questions about the CRRSAA HEERF II, please contact Vice President for Enrollment, Ryan G. Forsythe, at 508-929-8497.

    Do I need to pay back CRRSAA HEERF II funds?

    No, the CRRSAA HEERF II student emergency aid is a grant. This means the funds do not need to be repaid.
  • CRRSAA HEERF II Funding and Distribution Report: Student Financial Aid

    Worcester State University
    CRRSAA/HEERFII Quarterly Report (Student Financial Aid)
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
    Award #: P425E203852
    Award Amount: $2,111,417.00
    Report Date: 5/14/2021 (Covering Q1, 2021), 7/2/2021 (Covering Q2, 2021), 9/30/2021 (Covering Q3, 2021 - Final Report)

    Request #1:

    An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA (HEERFII) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    Response #1:

    Worcester State University agrees to the conditions outlined within the Certification and Agreement, including using no less than 50 percent of the funds received under 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA (HEERFII) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. Please note, CRRSAA does not require institutions to sign/return the Certification and Agreement.

    Request #2:

    The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    Response #2:

    Worcester State University has received $2,111,417 from the Department.

    Request #3:

    The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA (HEERFII) as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).

    Response #3:

    As of 3/31/2021, no Emergency Financial Aid Grants were distributed to students. Payments will be issued beginning Q2, 2021.

    Update 7/2/2021: Worcester State University has distributed $1,885,584.58 to students as of 6/30/2021.

    Update 9/30/2021: Worcester State University has distributed $2,111,417 to students as of 9/30/21.

    Request #4:

    The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA (HEERFII).

    Response #4:

    A total of 5,184 were initially identified as eligible to receive CRRSAA Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    Request #5:

    The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA (HEERFII).

    Response #5:

    As of 3/31/2021, no Emergency Financial Aid Grants were distributed to students. Payments will be issued beginning Q2, 2021.

    Update 7/2/2021: Worcester State University has distributed payments to 5,185 unique students as of 6/30/2021.

    Update 9/30/2021: Worcester State University has distributed payments to 5,210 unique students as of 9/30/21.

    Request #6:

    The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA (HEERFII).

    Response #6:

    Worcester State University separated the response into two parts: 1.) Eligibility determination, and 2.) Distribution methodology.

    1. Eligibility determination: An eligible student is:
      1. An undergraduate or graduate student in Spring, 2021;
      2. Enrolled* in any number of Spring 2021 credits on April 1, 2021; and
      3. Not an unqualified alien, international student, and/or dual enrollment student.

      4. *Note: Students enrolled during subsequent terms may receive emergency financial aid grant provided they meet eligibility criteria A1 & A2, and are enrolled in any number of credits in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Intersession 2022 or Spring, 2022.

       
    2. Distribution Methodology:
      1. Starting in Q2, 2021, Worcester State University will distribute approximately 80% ($1,704,500) to eligible students based on a combination of the number of credit hours a student is registered for in the Spring, 2021 semester, and a student’s latest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as of 4/1/2021. Please refer to the PDF, ‘Distribution Tiers’, below.
      2. Approximately 20% ($406,917) was retained for supplemental emergency payments for students with additional critical financial needs as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students with additional critical financial need may apply for supplemental emergency payments, however, they must meet the same eligibility requirements outlined above.
       

    PDF icon Distribution Tiers

    Update (7/2/2021): Worcester State University has distributed 80% ($1,704,500) to students, based on eligibility criteria noted above (see 6A) as of 6/30/2021. Worcester State University continues to issue supplemental emergency payments to students with additional critical financial needs, and has issued $181,084.58 in supplemental payments as of 6/30/2021. In total, Worcester State University has distributed $1,885,584.58 as of 6/30/2021.

    Update (9/30/2021): Worcester State University has distributed 80% ($1,704,500) to students, based on eligibility criteria noted above (see 6A) as of 9/30/21. Worcester State University has issued $406,917 in supplemental emergency payments to students with additional critical financial needs as of 9/30/21. In total, Worcester State University has distributed $2,111,417.

    Request #7:

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

    Response: #7:

    Worcester State University communicated instructions, directions and guidance directly to students via individualized emails. Additionally, Worcester State University created a webpage: (https://www.worcester.edu/CRRSAA/) dedicated to providing students instructions, directions, guidance and contact information concerning Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    CRRSAA HEERF II Funding and Distribution Report: Institutional Portion

    Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2), and (a)(3), if applicable.

    PDF icon 2021 Q1 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report
    PDF icon 2021 Q1 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (Amended 2021-08-27)

    Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2), and (a)(3), if applicable as of 6/30/2021.

    PDF icon 2021 Q2 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report
    PDF icon 2021 Q2 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (Amended 2021-08-27)