Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report - July 9, 2021

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report - July 9, 2021

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

July 9, 2021

Northwest Nazarene University OPE ID 142461 received education stabilization funds under Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) HEERF II of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (“CRRSAA”), Public Law No: 116-260. This Fund Report applies to the student portion received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II that is designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.

Northwest Nazarene University was informed of HEERF II eligibility after the HEERF annual report was submitted 2/8/2021. These additional funds were covered under the existing Certification of Agreement for the CARES Act HEER Funds. Northwest Nazarene University intends to spend, at minimum, the same percentage of funding for emergency financial aid grants to students as the initial allotment of HEERF.

The institution appreciates that Congress and the President have made these additional critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. We take receipt of these federal funds seriously and are distributing them in accordance with CRRSAA and implementing guidance.

The institution is making the below information available for transparency purposes and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of January 14, 20211. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Dwight Berreth, Interim Director of Financial Aid, at dberreth@nnu.edu.

  1. The institution was automatically approved to receive additional funding under Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) of CRRSAA to provide emergency financial aid grants to students as it had already been approved for HEERF awards under the Cares Act earlier in the year.
  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 is $410,334.
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) of CRRSAA as of the date of this Fund Report is $74,800
  4. The estimated total number of students at NNU eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 under Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) of CRRSAA, as of the date of this Fund Report is 1,911 students.
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) of CRRSAA as of the date of this Fund Report is 124. These students were stratified into 3 groups with grants ranging from $400.00 to $800.00.
  6. The methods used by the institution to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants and how much they would receive under Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) of CRRSAA are provided at Attachment A.
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants are linked below.

HEERF II - Letter.pdf

Attachment A: Methodology for payment of emergency financial aid grants under the HEERF to Students

Northwest Nazarene University’s goal when considering how to disperse Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II was to prioritize assistance to students with the greatest financial need. Funds were automatically offered to 124 students who met the following criteria (data pulled 5/5/21):

  • Submitted the FAFSA to NNU which establishes the student is eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act
  • Enrolled in Northwest Nazarene University at the time of the payment, focusing on Graduating Seniors enrolled in a Traditional Undergraduate Program, with priority on those students with exceptional need.
  • Have an official expected family contribution (EFC) between $0-$15,000 as reported on their 2020/2021 FAFSA

As of this report dated 7/9/2021, $74,800 in HEERF II funds received have been distributed to Northwest Nazarene University Title IV eligible enrolled students through block grants. The remaining HEERF II awards will be distributed during Fall 2021 Semester in a combination of block grants and through a subsequent application process.

1 See: https://fsapartners.ed.gov/knowledge-center/library/electronic-announcements/2021-01-14/press-release-us-department-education-quickly-makes-available-more-21-billion-taxpayer-funds-support-continued-education-colleges-universities-ea-id-ope-announcements-21-01

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