What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
The 2021 Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), enacted on December 27, 2020, makes additional funding available to colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
HEERF II — which is what the 2021 funding is called — will provide emergency funding to universities in the spring of 2021 to assist students with exceptional need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Students must have completed the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 31, 2021, and be enrolled in UAlbany for the Spring 2021 semester to be eligible to receive HEERF II funds.
Student Financial Services will email students who qualify to receive any HEERF II funding in mid-April. Please regularly check your @albany.edu email inbox for updates.
E-Refunds allow the University to deposit your refund directly into your savings or checking account, where you’ll be able to access the money as soon as two business days after the transaction appears on your MyUAlbany account.
Only students can set up an account for E-Refunds. Please have your routing number and account number handy when setting up your payment profile. These numbers can be found on your checks and/or banking statements.
What was the CARES Act?
In 2020, HEERF funding was known as CARES Act Funding.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was a federal effort that included provisions designed to deliver emergency assistance to students and higher education institutions impacted by the novel coronavirus.
Institutions were required to use at least 50% of the funds received under the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Eligible expenses included food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.
We are no longer accepting requests for CARES Act student assistance, as those funds have been fully expended.
Read federal reporting information about the CARES Act funds the University received in 2020.
Since the CARES Act was designed to assist students with the highest financial need, grants were awarded to Title IV eligible students based on their socioeconomic circumstance (as determined by the Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA).
The University sent emails to eligible students, who then had three weeks to certify and attest that they had incurred eligible expenses.
Eligible students who certified and attested that they have incurred eligible expenses were sent an emergency grant electronically via E-Pay's E-Refund function.
Students who did not have an E-Refund account were mailed a paper check.
To determine the amount of your assistance, review your financial aid summary on MyUAlbany.