CRRSAA (HEERF II) Information
March 4, 2021
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this challenging time.
The ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to create enormous challenges for educational institutions throughout the country. Effectively responding to the coronavirus threat and keeping staff and students safe while preserving the learning environment imposes additional costs to both institutions and students.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was enacted by Congress on December 27, 2020. As a result, the Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology has been allocated $102,596 in emergency student aid. This aid will be awarded as Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II grants. HEERF II provides emergency funding to educational institutions to assist students in need during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, this funding was known as the CARES Act Funding.
The Adult & Continuing Education Center has established the HEERF II CRRSAA Emergency Relief Fund to distribute grants to eligible students to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (i.e., food, housing and utilities, health insurance including mental health care, transportation, or childcare) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
- Funds may be used for costs incurred on or after December 27, 2020.
- Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arrive due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental health), or child care.
- Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive federal Pell grants, and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.
- Students must be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen.
- Students must be enrolled in an academic/technical program approved to participate in Title IV programs.
Students who are enrolled in the Spring 2021 term and meet the following criteria may be considered for these funds:
- Enrolled in an academic/technical program approved to participate in Title IV programs.
- Have a 20-21 FAFSA or 21-22 FAFSA on file with York County School of Technology indicating they meet the citizenship requirements.
Additionally, unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need when awarding HEERF II grants, such as students who receive Pell grants. The York County School of Technology has defined exceptional need for the purpose of these funds based on two populations:
- First – Federal Pell Grant-eligible students
- Second – All other Title IV eligible students may be determined to have exceptional need based on the nature of their emergency student aid application.
In order to process CRRSAA funding assistance for students, we ask that all students complete the attached application and return it to the school no later than March 31, 2021. Only active students who are currently enrolled in an academic program approved to participate in Title IV programs during the Spring 2021 term and are in good standing will be eligible to receive a grant. Once we have received your application, our financial staff will begin processing funds for eligible students.
You may return the completed application via email or US mail to the addresses below:
Mail: York County School of Technology Adult Education
2179 S. Queen St. York, PA 17402
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.
CRRSAA Student Emergency Funds Distributed The Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology distributed the second round of Student Emergency Financial Aid Grants as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) Grant funds in April 2021. In this second distribution of emergency grant funds, 131 Adult Education students received an average of $900 in federal grant funds. These distributions are needs based so students received between $650 to $1,150 based upon their household income, household size, and additional needs as noted.
The terms of the grant restrict funding to ADULT STUDENTS ONLY in Title IV-eligible programs including Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Dental Assistant, HVAC, Mechatronics, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Practical Nursing, and Welding Technology.
- Postsecondary Student Awards: 131
- Total Award Dollars Distributed: $116,900
- CARES ACT HEERF 1: $8,346
- CRRSAA HEERF II: $108,554
Average Award per Student: $900