Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grants
As part of the federal government’s CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II), the University was approved for one-time limited allocations of funds designed to assist degree-seeking students in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of campus operations.
Who is eligible?
All degree-seeking students who were enrolled in Spring and/or Summer 2021 that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and who successfully completed a 2020-21 FAFSA, are eligible to receive the HEERF II Grant.
Fill out the FAFSA
How much funding is available?
Award amounts are from $250 to $2,000, depending on an individual student’s financial circumstances, FAFSA, and enrollment level.
What types of expenses does the HEERF II Grant emergency funding cover?
HEERF II Grant will assist with expenses related to COVID-19 pandemic (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as tuition, food, housing, travel, health care and childcare).
What’s the deadline to apply?
Applications can be submitted until August 31, 2021, subject to availability. Funding is limited so apply soon!
How do I apply for the HEERF II Grant?
To be considered for the HEERF II Grant, students must complete the HEERF II Grant Application Form. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Review the eligibility information in the FAQ below the form to make sure you’re eligible for funding.
HEERF II GRANT Application
HEERF II GRANT FAQ
Do I need to complete a FAFSA to receive the HEERF II Grant?
Yes, you must have a successfully completed FAFSA on file.
Fill out the FAFSA
How do I know if I am eligible to file a FAFSA?
The eligibility criteria to file a FAFSA, as outlined in Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA), include but are not limited to the following:
- U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen
- Valid Social Security number
- Registration with Selective Services, if male
- High school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting
Can undocumented students and international students receive funds under the HEERF II Grant?
No, international and undocumented students are not eligible for the HEERF II Grant.
Are students enrolled in a non-degree or certificate program eligible for the HEERF II Grant?
No, only students enrolled in a degree-seeking program are eligible for the HEERF II Grant.
I have an outstanding tuition/housing balance for the current semester; would these funds be applied to that balance?
Yes, you can opt to apply these funds to the outstanding balance on your account for the current semester by selecting this option on your request. If you do not choose this option the emergency funds will be sent directly to you as a direct deposit to your bank account or as a check.
How long before I receive funds?
Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow a minimum of 30 days for distribution of funds.
How will I receive funds if my request is approved?
Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your funds. If you haven’t set up direct deposit on TouchNet, we encourage you to LOG IN and sign up today. Otherwise, a check will be processed and an email will be sent to your SNU email address requesting a current mailing address.
Can these funds affect other aid that I have already received?
No, the HEERF II Grant will not reduce your financial aid package.
Is the HEERF II Grant taxable and included on a 1098-T?
In a departure from the treatment of emergency grants made available in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), student grants made from the second round of federal aid contained in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) may need to be reported on the Form 1098-T, according to a notice published by the IRS on January 19, 2021.
Sierra Nevada University Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting Requirements
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the awarded funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to degree seeking students in need due to economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sierra Nevada University 30-Day Fund Report
Report date: July 15, 2020
- Sierra Nevada College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to apply for funds from the CARES Act, agreeing to use at least 50% of any funds received to provide direct Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. A second allotment of funds were also provided by the CRRSA Act.
- The total amount of funds received from the CARES Act was $276,835. The amount of funds received from the CRRSA Act was $276,835. Total awards available for Emergency Student Financial Aid Grants is $553,670 to date.
- To date $276,835 has been distributed from the CARES Act funding.
- To date $164,340 has been distributed from the CRRSA Act funding. The application for new grants is available above.
- The estimated number of students eligible for CARES Act grants was approximately 264. Total number of students who have received Emergency Financial Aid Grant from CARES Act to date is 264.
- The estimated number of students eligible for the CRRSA Act grant is approximately 519. Total number of students who have received Emergency Financial Aid Grant from CRSSA Act to date is 319.
- The University has a dedicated webpage with information and FAQs to address questions and concerns in regards to the grant funds, which also includes access to the application for funding.