App State is distributing federal emergency grants — in the form of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) — to students to help cover expenses due to the coronavirus.
The federal CARES Act provided grant assistance to the university and direct aid to students. As part of CARES, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants were distributed in 2020 to students with financial need who met the minimum U.S. Department of Education criteria to be eligible. The new HEERF II grants, which App State will distribute in spring 2021 to all eligible enrolled students who are U.S. citizens, are part of the CRRSA passed Dec. 27, 2020.
The first HEERF allocation (HEERF I) was $15,927,932. Of that amount:
App State’s HEERF I distribution was completed in January 2021.
The second round of HEERF funding (HEERF II) includes approximately $8 million for direct payments to students. It will be distributed by March 31, 2021, to approximately 18,000 eligible students as follows:
The legislation specifies HEERF grant allocations must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus and a student’s cost of attendance, such as:
You are eligible for the second round of HEERF assistance if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in classes at App State for the spring 2021 semester.
Based on federal guidance that preference should be given to students with exceptional need:
There is no need to apply. Eligible students will receive funding automatically.
No. This is not Financial Aid and will not count toward or be included in any financial aid package or college loans you receive.
No. This is an emergency relief grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help enrolled students cover expenses they experienced due to the campus disruption caused by COVID-19.
Questions about eligibility:
Office of Student Financial Aid
Questions about disbursements and student accounts:
Questions about available aid and emergency assistance:
Office of the Dean of Students