The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant program provides budgetary relief to higher education institutions for new expenses and revenue losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program was created by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or HEERF I), in March 2020.  The program received additional funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA or HEERF II), in December 2020 and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA or HEERF III) in March 2021.

The Department of Education (ED) is administering all HEERF allocations passed by Congress.  The HEERF grants are divided into two portions, a Student portion and an Institutional portion.  The student portion may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.  The Institutional portion can be used by institutions to defray expenses associated with coronavirus.

Explore HEERF grants received by FGCU and the reporting of grant expenditures to ED