HEERFII Student Emergency Grants
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRSAA), included additional funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Antioch University received a total of $1,813,557. The U.S. Department of Education has allocated a portion of these funds for institutions to distribute as emergency grants to eligible students. Funding for Antioch University under this program, referred to as “HEERFII” is at the same level as the CARES Act student emergency grants distributed in 2020. Our minimum award for HEERFII student portion is: $553,606.
Please note: the below information was available to students prior to, throughout, and until student portion funding was fully expended. The information that was available can be found here.
Posted June 9, 2021
HEERFII funding distributed by Antioch University to students under Section 18004(a) of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
(Q1 ending March 31, 2021)
|Antioch University has distributed $0 in Emergency Financial Aid grants to 0 students.|
(Q2 ending June 30, 2021)
|As of May 18, 2021, a total of 991 students have received $868,750. This includes $553,606 from the student portion and $315,144 from the institutional portion.
This posting covers all HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a) of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) created as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). This serves as the final quarterly report.
- Antioch University acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the institution intends to use no less than the amount distributed to students under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- The total amount of funds that the institution received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $553,606.
- As of May 18, 2021, a total of 991 students have received $868,750.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students is $ $868,750. This includes $553,606 from the student portion and $315,144 from the institutional portion.
- The University identified 2,999 students who were potentially eligible. These students received an email with information about HEERFII, eligibility and a link to the application.
- To apply for HEERFII grant funds, students completed an online application within the application period April 12-21, 2021.
- Funding was limited, and Antioch University was required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need. Not all students who applied received federal grant funds. All responses were reviewed and award notifications were sent to students’ Antioch email address. Applicants not awarded grant funds were also notified by email Antioch email.
- Antioch used the FAFSA’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as a proxy to define exceptional need. We awarded via priority groups, until all funding was expended.
- Instructions, directions, and guidance were provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants. The following email was sent on April 12, 2021 to 2,999 students identified as potentially eligible:
Emergency Grants for Eligible Students
I am pleased to announce that Antioch University has received additional federal assistance as a result of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSA) which provides additional funding to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) to support students with exceptional need, in continuing their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Antioch University will be distributing grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to eligible matriculated students enrolled in the Spring 2021 term. Grant funds can be used for any component of your cost of attendance (i.e. food, housing and utilities, tuition, transportation, childcare, and health insurance including mental health care), or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
The application is open from April 12- 21, 2021
Funding is limited, Antioch University is required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, and not all students who apply will receive funds. All responses will be reviewed and award notifications will be sent to Antioch student email addresses. Applicants not awarded grant funds will also be notified by email to their Antioch email addresses.
We are hopeful the HEERFII grant funding, as well as a commitment of grant funds by the University, will serve as much-needed support for students most greatly impacted by the pandemic. We are committed to student success and are optimistic that there are indeed brighter days ahead.
To review eligibility requirements or learn more about emergency funding, visit the Antioch University Emergency Funding web page.
Questions? Send us an email at [email protected]
Students also received a reminder email as well as a final notice to apply. Antioch University created a HEERF Response Team dedicated to supporting students as they engaged the process as well as anyone who had questions or needed guidance.
Students eligible for HEERFII funds included all students matriculated in the Spring 2021 term, excluding international and undocumented students.
The CRSSA required institutions to prioritize HEERFII student aid grants to students with “exceptional need.” Award prioritization was based on the premise of “exceptional need” and Antioch University used Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as a proxy for need.
Emergency grants were limited in number and amount due to funding constraints.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for HEERFII grant funds students logged into AUDIRECT:
Students completed a brief application:
HEERFII student aid funds may be used by students for any component of their 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.
DETERMINATION OF AWARDS
Students completed an online application within a 10-day application period, attested to the need for funding, and requested standard award amounts (example: $250, $500, $750, $1,000) based on their need. Award prioritization will be based on the premise of “exceptional need” and Antioch University used Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as a proxy for need. Please note: we compared both the 2021 and 2122 EFC’s and defaulted to the lower of the two EFC” s to prioritize need. Awarding began with Priority Group 1 and proceeded through subsequent Priority Groups as indicated in the table below until funds were fully expended.
(compare 2021 and 2122
if on file and default to lowest)
|0||1 to 5,711||5,712 to 12,500||12,501 to 25,000||25,001+
(or no FAFSA)
Note: 5,711 is the max EFC for Pell eligibility, 2020-21
DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS
Students received notification via email that funds would be refunded directly to them via their preferred method currently on file (by direct deposit or paper check).
HEERFII emergency grants will not need to be repaid.
IMPACT ON FINANCIAL AID
HEERFII emergency grants will not impact your financial aid.