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.

Key Data

  • Total federal funds awarded: $46,216,444
  • Total federal funds received for and awarded to students so far: $7,559,500

Awarding Model

Instructions provided to students

 Institutional Share

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.