Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

FAQs and Reports

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021 for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP funds are in addition to Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260.

NNU will distribute HEERF Funds (HEERF II & HEERF III) through three mechanisms explained below; the General Grant, the Standard Block Grant and the Special Consideration Grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have substantial financial need can be considered for these funds. The NNU Financial Aid Office will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility for a standard grant. If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2021-22 and need assistance, please file a FAFSA at studentaid.gov. You may learn more about the filing process at https://www.nnu.edu/financial-aid-current-students. Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled at the NNU.

Students who have substantial financial hardship from the pandemic but have not completed a FAFSA application may apply for a Special Consideration Fund award. This application is found within the NNU student portal.

What is a General Grant?
Every Fall 2021 NNU student, taking at least 1 credit, is being issued a General Grant of $150.00 in HEERF funds. Students can sign for these funds by accessing the NNU Student Portal and direct how the HEERF funds should be issued.

What is a Standard Block Grant?
The federal government directed universities to prioritize students with exceptional financial need. NNU wants to provide economic relief quickly to students who may have experienced additional expenses and/or a loss of income due to COVID-19. Therefore, we have used the HEERF III emergency aid funds to provide a standard relief grant to students who meet eligibility criteria, based on the student’s FAFSA information and other financial factors.

The specific criteria for the NNU Federal Emergency Relief Fund Standard Block Grant awarded in Fall 2021 is as follows:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in a degree program, enrolled in at least 1 credit for Fall 2021 semester
  • Meet basic eligibility requirements for federal aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
  • A 2021-22 FAFSA on record with NNU’s Financial Aid Office
  • Demonstrated financial need

What is a Special Consideration Grant?
This grant will be available to students who have financial need not identified the FAFSA, or for students who have not previously filed a FAFSA. Students who do not meet the awarding criteria for the Federal Relief Fund III standard grant, but who have incurred substantial financial hardship due to COVID-19, may file an application for special consideration. A portion of the HEERF III funds are being directed to assist these students. To apply for special consideration, you may access the Special Consideration Application within the NNU student portal. In certain circumstances, students may be asked to file the FAFSA.

When will Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds be available?
General Grants and Standard Block Grants will be disbursed during the fall (2021) and spring (2022) semesters. Special Consideration Fund awards will be disbursed when applications are approved throughout the school year, until funds have been depleted. Recipients are notified via a message to their NNU email account if awarded HEERF III relief funds. Students will choose between three methods of disbursement:

  • Apply the funds to their student account toward any current or future charges
  • Have the funds direct deposited into a bank account
  • Have a check issued and sent to the mailing address on file (campus or otherwise)

What can I use the General Grant, the Standard Block Grant or Special Considerations Grant for?
These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for tuition, technology, health care, child care, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred during the pandemic. Students are highly encouraged to apply these funds to education-related expenses. NNU will provide the awardee with the option of applying their award toward any unpaid account balance. Students may choose this option or they may elect to have the funds directly issued.

Why didn’t I receive an NNU Federal Emergency Relief Fund III Standard Block Grant?
Students who did not meet the basic eligibility criteria for the standard grant as described above and/or did not demonstrate exceptional financial need are not eligible for federal HEERF Standard Block grants.

What emergency relief funds are available for undocumented students?
The HEERF III Special Consideration Grant may be available to undocumented students who demonstrate substantial need. Please access the HEERF Special Consideration Application, via the NNU student portal to apply for consideration.

What emergency relief funds are available for international students?
The HEERF III Special Consideration Grant may be available to international students who demonstrate substantial need. Please access the HEERF III Special Consideration Application, to apply for consideration.

What criteria is reviewed to determine NNU Standard Block Grant eligibility?

The following criteria are will be considered for award eligibility for a NNU Federal Relief Fund Standard Block Grant:

  • Student has unmet financial need
  • Student has a low Expected Family Contribution as shown on the 2021-22 FAFSA report
  • Student has a 2021-22 FAFSA report on file with the NNU Financial Aid Office

If you have any questions that are not addressed above, please contact the financial aid office at financialaid@nnu.edu.

Reports and Disclosures

HEERF II Report, July 9, 2021
HEERF II and III Report, October 10, 2021
HEERF I, II and III Quarterly Budget and Expense Reporting, September 30, 2021