Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act
On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was signed into law. This new legislation was a welcome extension of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The CRRSAA provided a second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) financial aid grants for schools to distribute to their students which could be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arose due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
Under this legislation, Adelphi University was awarded $2,623,483 to distribute to eligible students.
According to this legislation, grants had to be prioritized for students with exceptional need. Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Undocumented, DACA, and international students were not deemed eligible by current federal guidance.
Distribution Of Grants
The University utilized the following process to distribute the grants:
- An application process was made available from March 3 – 15, 2021 for students registered for the Spring 2021 semester who fell into groups (a) and (b) below as determined by the most recent FAFSA to have exceptional need. Students had the opportunity to request a one-time grant up to a maximum of $1,000:
- All Pell-eligible undergraduate students
- Graduate students who have a $0 Expected Family Contribution and who are registered for six or more credits
- Following the awarding of the above grants, an application process was made available on March 18, 2021 to other eligible University students registered in a degree program for the Spring 2021 semester. Students had the opportunity to request a one-time grant up to a maximum of $1,000. These grants were awarded on a first come, first served basis until funds were depleted.
As of April 20, 2021, $2,623,483 of grants have been awarded to 2,661 students.
Students were given the opportunity to elect to have the grants, or a portion of the grants, posted to their student accounts to satisfy all or a portion of their outstanding balance for the Spring 2021 semester.
On January 19, 2021, Adelphi University received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, under the CRRSAA for institutional use in the amount of $5,656,003. In addition, the University received $30,433 due to its designation of being a Minority Serving Institution. CRRSAA grants were awarded to institutions to help them deal with the economic fallout created by the pandemic. The funds were to be used by colleges and universities for unexpected expenses and losses they encountered as the direct result of COVID-19. Adelphi University experienced a loss in dorm revenue during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Therefore, following the guidance of the U.S. Department of Education, Adelphi University used the CRRSAA funding it received to cover some of these losses. Please note, these institutional funds are separate from the student funds
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