As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, students with exceptional financial need are eligible for additional financial aid grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II). HEERF II funds must be prioritize to provide emergency grants that may be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19.
Overview & Eligibility
What is the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)?
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 included additional COVID-19 relief through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. This new COVID-19 stimulus bill was signed into law Dec. 27, 2020 and included funding for higher education institutions and students, using the same Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) model established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding must be prioritized to provide emergency grants to students with exceptional financial need. HEERF II financial aid grants for students may be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare), or child care.
Who is eligible?
Current degree-seeking students who are enrolled during the spring 2021 semester and are eligible to receive federal financial aid are eligible to request HEERF II funds. Students who meet these criteria must also confirm that they have financial need and require emergency grant assistance.
If you have not filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and feel you are eligible for federal financial aid, you still have time to complete the application. Once you complete the FAFSA, continue to review your financial aid requirements in the Costs and Aid tab of your TUportal because you might have student eligibility requirements to complete before you can request HEERF II funding.
In accordance with guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, international and undocumented students are not eligible to receive HEERF II funding.
While we understand that each and every student has experienced an upheaval of their day-to-day life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure that students with the most need are prioritized for these emergency funds. For this reason, students who received Federal Pell Grants for the spring 2021 semester are being automatically awarded HEERF II grants.
How will the eligible Federal Pell grant recipients receive information on their HEERF II grant eligibility?
Federal Pell grant recipients who are eligible for HEERF II funding will receive an email from the Office of Student Financial Services alerting them to the $1,000 grant disbursed to their student account. A refund will be processed as a direct deposit or sent out as a paper check. You can review your student account details in the Costs and Aid tab of the TUportal. You can also visit TUpay Student Choice Refunds (Costs and Aid Tab in TUportal) for the status of your refund once you receive the email from the Office of Student Financial Services (could take a day or two to see the refund applied).
Eligible Federal Pell grant recipients that are matriculated students at Temple Japan will also see the $1,000 USD grant disbursed to their student account, however it will take a few more days for the disbursement to be finalized and the standard currency conversion to Yen. Temple Japan students will receive an email from the TUJ Office of Student Services with more information.
How can Temple students use emergency funds provided through the HEERF II?
As required by the legislation, HEERF II funds may be used only to cover expenses related to a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare), or child care.
How can students request funding?
Students who are already eligible for federal financial aid based on their 2020-2021 FAFSA can request the HEERF II student financial aid grant using an online form that will be available to eligible students in TUportal. The Office of Student Financial Services will notify all students when they are able to complete the survey.
What expenses will be considered in a request for a HEERF II grant?
The HEERF II grant funding may be used to cover expenses related to a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus during the spring 2021 semester, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare), or child care.
Here are some examples:
- You require assistance to pay your tuition, fees, housing (expenses related to living on campus, off campus or at home or with a relative or friend), meals or meal plan, books, supplies, transportation, healthcare or child care.
- You routinely used the computer labs to do your schoolwork, but now need a computer to continue your education remotely.
- You need to purchase Internet access for your home (including a “hotspot” or other equipment).
- You need to seek healthcare treatment that is not covered by your insurance.
- The child care center your dependent attended is closed and you have had to hire alternative care so that you can continue your coursework.
- You have transportation expenses.
How much funding can I receive?
Grant funding will be determined on a case-by-case basis and relative to available funding at the time of the request. Depending on the number of requests received, the expected minimum grant will be $400. Students will be notified of the exact amount via email from the Office of Student Financial Services, as well as in the Costs and Aid tab of their TUportal student account.
When can I expect to receive the funds once I submit my request?
Requests for HEERF II grants will be reviewed following the posted deadline. Once your request is reviewed and approved, you will see the grant disbursed through your student account and processed as a refund. If you are already signed up for direct deposit, the funds will be deposited in your account within three to four days. If you are not registered for direct deposit through TUpay, you will receive a paper check in the mail to your permanent address on file with the university. Student Financial Services encourages all students who are eligible for HEERF II funding to sign up for direct deposit in order to receive the funds as quickly as possible.
How will Temple determine which students will receive the funding and the amount of each grant?
Under the CRSSA Act, institutions must identify students with exceptional financial need, those that have an expense related to their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare) or child care. Eligible students will be notified to complete the online form in TUportal.
HEERF II grants will be available on a first-come basis and so long as funds are available. Our intention is to assist as many students as possible while being sensitive to need, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance.
Do I have to file the FAFSA to receive funding?
Without the FAFSA on file, we have no way of knowing if you are eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs and have financial need. The criteria for eligibility include but are not limited to U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
If you do not have a FAFSA on file, you can still file the FAFSA. We will review your financial aid file during the processing of the HEERF II grant request and may request additional documentation so that we can assist you to establish your eligibility.
Can I appeal the outcome of the request?
No, there are no appeals regarding the decision or the grant amount.
Will the funding be applied against an existing balance owed to the university?
No. The grant will be paid directly to you. It will disburse to your student account as a cash grant without regard to any balance owed to the university. You will then receive direct payment in that amount, either by direct deposit (recommended) or paper check.
Other Financial Aid
Is other financial support available to students at this time?
Temple is supporting students in need of financial aid relief in numerous ways. All students, regardless of HEERF II grant eligibility, can apply for emergency assistance.
The Student Emergency Aid Fund provides short-term financial assistance to students who have faced unforeseen circumstances and need support to continue their education.
The Cherry Pantry remains open and accessible at the Howard Gittis Student Center.