FEDERAL EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR DIRECT STUDENT SUPPORT

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was approved by Congress and includes support for higher education, including emergency grants for students facing expenses due to COVID-19.

Oregon State University received federal stimulus funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). In March 2020, Congress enacted the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Funds were provided for institutional support and for financial support to students impacted by a disruption in campus operations due to the coronavirus.  In December 2020, Congress enacted the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, CRRSAA, providing additional support to institutions and students.  In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act, including a third round of emergency aid for institutions and students.  As of June 1, 2021, Oregon State University has distributed 100% of all CARES Act and CRRSAA funds allocated for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) Funding for Students

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) was approved by Congress and includes support for higher education, including emergency grants for students facing expenses due to COVID-19.  Students with exceptional need were prioritized.

The university acknowledges that is has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

This reporting is for the quarter ending June 30, 2022.  All funds have been spent.

  

Key Data

  • Total federal funds awarded: $31,577,682 (CRRSAA $7,779,999 and ARP $23,797,683)
  • Total federal funds received for and awarded to students so far: $31,577,682
  • Number of students eligible: 56,387
  • Number of OSU students who received federal CRRSAA and ARP grants:  17,433 (CRRSAA 4,896 and ARP 12,537)

 

Awarding Model

  • Spring term 2022
    • Currently enrolled.
    • Students may be undergraduate, graduate or professional students and must be enrolled in a degree program or an eligible graduate certificate program.
    • Student makes contact with the office of financial aid with a COVID related emergency request.
  • Winter term 2022
    • Currently enrolled.
    • Students may be undergraduate, graduate or professional students and must be enrolled in a degree program or an eligible graduate certificate program.
    • Students must submit an Emergency Funding Request (EFR) and identify qualifying expenses or loss of income.
    • Undergraduate students with a $0 EFC, answered "Yes" to both qualifying questions, unmet need greater than $4000, have already received no more than $4,000 in Federal emergency aid received the lesser of $1,535 or their requested amount.
    • Undergraduate students with an EFC between $1 and $6000, answered "Yes" to both qualifying questions, unmet need greater than $4000, have already received no more than $4,000 in Federal emergency aid received the lesser of $1,000 or their requested amount.
    • All other eligible students who applied received $500.
  • Fall term 2021
    • Currently enrolled.
    • Students may be undergraduate, graduate or professional students and must be enrolled in a degree program or an eligible graduate certificate program.
    • Students must submit an Emergency Funding Request (EFR) and identify qualifying expenses or loss of income.
    • Students with an EFC (expected family contribution) up to $6,000 received the amount of aid they requested on their (EFR).
    • Students with an EFC above $6,000 received the lesser of their EFR request or $1000.
    • Students who have not completed a FAFSA (or were not eligible to complete a FAFSA) received the lesser of their EFR request or $1000.
  • Summer term 2021
    • Students had enrollment during the declared pandemic.
    • Students may be undergraduate, graduate or professional students and must be enrolled in a degree program or an eligible graduate certificate program.
    • Students must submit an Emergency Funding Request (EFR) and identify qualifying expenses.
    • Students were prioritized by need using both the data on the EFR and the FAFSA (if they had one).
  • Summer term 2021 pilot
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.
    • Student has a registration hold due to an outstanding bill of $3000 or less.
    • Student is an undergraduate.
    • Student has completed at least 90 credits and is academically eligible to register.
    • Student is either a Corvallis or Cascades student.
    • Student was given the option to apply the aid directly to their account balance or receive the aid in a refund check.

  

Instructions provided to students

Students were notified by email and on the OSU website that emergency aid was available.  The email and website included information about who was eligible and how to access the required application.

  

 Institutional Share

Reporting on institutional share of the American Rescue Plan funding:

Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Funding for Students

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was approved by Congress and includes support for higher education, including emergency grants for students facing expenses due to COVID-19.  Students with exceptional need were prioritized.

  

Key Data

  • Total federal funds received: $26,602,486
  • Total federal funds received for and awarded to students: $7,779,999
  • Number of students eligible to participate in Title IV: 19,109 
  • Number of OSU students who received federal CRRSAA grants: 4,908

 

Awarding Model

  • Winter term 2021
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.
    • Students must have enrolled at OSU for the Winter 2021 quarter.
    • Students may be undergraduate, graduate or professional students and must be enrolled in a degree program or an eligible graduate certificate program.
    • Students must submit an Emergency Funding Request (EFR) and identify qualifying expenses.
    • Students with an EFC (expected family contribution) up to $70,000 received the amount of aid they requested on their (EFR).
    • Students with an EFC above $70,000 received the lesser of their EFR or $1000.
  • Spring term 2021
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.
    • Students must have enrolled at OSU for the Winter 2021 quarter.
    • Students may be undergraduate, graduate or professional students and must be enrolled in a degree program or an eligible graduate certificate program.
    • Unmet need greater than $0
    • Pell eligible
    • Accepted all aid
    • $500 block grants

  

Instructions provided to students

Students were notified by email and on the OSU website that emergency aid was available.  The email and website included information about who was eligible and how to access the required application.

Federal CARES Act Funding for Students

The University acknowledges that it has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education and has used the required 50 percent of the funds received to date under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

These funds provide direct emergency assistance for OSU students. OSU's goal is to assist students with the greatest need, in accordance with federal guidelines.  All funds, both student and institutional portions, have been expended and reported.

 

Key Data

  • Total CARES Act funds received: $15,595,493

  • Total federal CARES Act funds awarded to students: $7,779,999

  • Number of students eligible to participate in Title IV: 17,045

  • Number of OSU students who received federal CARES Act grants: 3,657

 

Awarding Model

  • Students must have submitted a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must meet all of these federal aid eligibility requirements.

  • Students must have enrolled at OSU for the spring 2020 quarter.

  • Students may be undergraduate, graduate or professional students and must be enrolled in a degree program or an eligible graduate certificate program.

  • Students must submit an Emergency Funding Request (EFR) and identify qualifying expenses.

  • Students with an EFC (expected family contribution) up to $20,000 received the amount of aid they requested on their (EFR).

  • Students with an EFC above $20,000 received the lesser of their EFR or $1000.

  

Instructions provided to students

Students were notified by email and on the OSU website that emergency aid was available.  The email and website included information about who was eligible and how to access the required application.