About the CRRSAA
UNCG's pandemic federal grant distribution to students
We received many questions about UNC Greensboro's housing grant. To be clear, the housing grant is additional support we are providing to students who choose to live on campus, and is not in lieu of any direct support we have provided and will provide to our students.
Below is a summary of how the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) works; this may also be found online including the publication of distribution reports.
Higher education institutions, including UNCG, have received three rounds of funds under the HEERF program, as part of the federal government’s response to the global pandemic. From the start, federal guidelines have required that we award the designated student-aid portion of our HEERF funds to students in the form of direct payments. Institutions were also awarded aid to offset their own pandemic-related costs. For all three rounds of HEERF funding, the student-aid portion of UNCG’s allocation has been 50% and the institutional portion has been 50%. UNCG has provided the student aid portion directly to students as well as expended additional funds that provide further indirect support to students.
We have awarded more than the required 50% of our allocation of HEERF funding to students, while awarding all of the student aid portion to students as direct payments. Since spring 2020, UNCG has awarded more than $16 million directly to students through CARES Act, CRRSAA/HEERF II, and GEER (Governor's Emergency Education Relief) grants, with another $2 million to be distributed over the coming weeks. The University also has an additional $26 million in student aid dollars via HEERF III that will be awarded in the next academic year, in the form of emergency relief grants for students.
In addition to awarding the student-aid portion of its HEERF III allocation directly to students in the fall 2021 term, the University will use $7 million of the institutional portion toward student housing grants, meaning that students will again receive more than 50% of the University's HEERF allocation. New and returning undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to receive a $1,500 housing grant for the 2021-2022 academic year if they apply for housing by May 1, 2021. These grants will directly reduce the cost of on-campus housing for residential students without affecting the amount or timing of HEERF III relief grants that will be awarded to all eligible students.
When we concluded our CARES Act distributions to students, we posted a summary of that work here, indicating that we awarded $9,283,941 to 9,437 students. As we draw close to completing our CRRSSAA/HEERF II distributions, we have already made awards to more than 10,383 students. When we complete our HEERF II work, we will post a concluding report at relief.uncg.edu.
We know the pandemic has brought hardship to many Spartans, and we’re pleased to be able to move these funds quickly and equitably to our students, and to use them to build a stronger campus community.
If you have questions, please feel free to write to Dean Andrew Hamilton at email@example.com.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) provides funding for individual institutions of higher education to award emergency grants to students, much like the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in 2020.
As with CARES, UNCG has established a clear set of guiding principles to distribute CRRSAA money effectively, equitably, and quickly. Our hope is to help our students stay enrolled at UNCG, mitigate financial impacts from COVID-19, and maintain progress toward earning their degrees – a lifelong goal for so many students and families in our community.
The value of grants will vary based on students’ individual situations, but our distribution plan is designed to help the most students with the greatest financial need. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for a CRRSAA Emergency Grant:
- Enrolled for Spring 2021
- Registered for Summer 2021 or Fall 2020 classes
- Show financial need (unlike the CARES Act, CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need).
Keep in mind that not all students who meet these criteria will receive grants; funds are limited, and student needs are great. Funds will be awarded first to those with the most financial need based on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Federal guidelines prohibit us from distributing funds to international students or undocumented students.
UNCG will distribute some of the CRRSAA funds as set amount grants that will automatically be posted to eligible students’ accounts and issued to them as a refund. These automatic grants will be given to students with the most significant financial need.
In keeping with legislative guidelines, UNCG will use a range of financial aid/FAFSA data to assess and prioritize need. Our academic advising team will also proactively reach out to students who may have dropped or withdrawn from courses due to conditions caused by the pandemic since the National Emergency was declared, March 13, 2020 and are still enrolled.
Beyond these automatic grants, we will have created a clear and simple application process so students can seek support easily. Applications will be reviewed regularly and grants of $500 will be provided to those who qualify. Because there are limited funds, not every student who submits an application will be awarded a grant. These grants will be awarded until the funds allocated have been exhausted.
All students are encouraged to make sure that they have set up direct deposit in the Student Account Center so that they can receive funds quickly once awarded.