Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

The Federal Government established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES Act) on March 27, 2020, a portion of which, Student Aid Funds, is to be used to provide emergency assistance to students. Supplemental funds were later authorized through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA/ HEERF II) and the American Rescue Plan (HEERF III) to continue support for institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

HEERF at SUNY Empire

SUNY Empire received HEERF Student Aid Funds to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic for expenses related to any component of the student's cost of attendance and/or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

As a recipient of HEERF Student Aid Funds, SUNY Empire was required by the federal Education Department (ED) to report the following elements on a quarterly basis:

An acknowledgement that the certification agreement was signed and returned to the ED and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, all of the Student Aid Funds to provide emergency grants to students.

  1. The total amount of HEERF Funds that the institution will receive or has received.
  2. The total amount of emergency grants distributed to students.
  3. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive an emergency grant.
  4. The total number of students who received an emergency grant.
  5. The method the institution used to determine which students will receive emergency grants and how much funding they will receive. [Awarding Methodology]
  6. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency grants.

The above reporting elements are included within the following links and as part of the Federal Disclosure Reporting Chart below.


HEERF II - Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

HEERF III - American Rescue Plan

Federal Disclosure Reporting Chart 

HEERF Federal Disclosure Reporting Chart text alternative