Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
HEERF II Grant
On December 27, 2020, the Department of Education released an announcement for a second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II Public and Private Nonprofit Institution (a)(1) Programs (CFDAs 84.425E and 84.425F) funding. HEERF II requires institutions to prioritize students with exceptional needs.
Details of Pacifica’s HEERF II grant are as follows:
- Application date – January 1, 2021
- Approval date – March 1, 2021
- Approved Grant Funds – $287,575.00
- Grant funds disbursed as of March 31, 2021 – $0.00
Other information related to the grant can be obtained by clicking on the following link: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/faqsfora1crrsaaheerfii.pdf
HEERF I Grant
The U.S. Department of Education requires all institutions of higher education participating in the Section 18004(a)(1) CARES Act grant program, the institutional reporting requirements.
- An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Yes- submission date of 4/23/2020.
- The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. $102,132.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). Initial amount disbursed $102,424, June 17, 2020, over the required $102,132, with a return of $496. This puts $204 in reserve for student appeals.
- The estimated total number of students at the institution who are or could be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and thus are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 532 – 787 enrolled students were reviewed.
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. (For example, if you have not issued grants to students yet or have issued fewer than 10 grants, you should indicate that <10 students have received a grant) A fillable notification was sent out to all eligible students June 8th, and follow up emails were sent June 11th, and June 15th, with a final deadline of June 15th @ 5pm PST. In turn, the Institute divided the available funds and rounded up to equal an eligible amount of $248 per student. A total of 413 students accepted.
- The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Financial Aid/Registrar confirmed all actively enrolled students as of March 13, 2020. Reviewed 787 students who could be eligible at the time under current guidelines, and reduced and confirmed eligible students based on submitted FAFSA, active SS#’s, and on campus learning. This excluded any students who were enrolled in dissertation, international students, and students who planned a Leave of Absence prior to remote learning.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. For all eligible students a fillable notification was sent out regarding eligibility as mentioned in item #5. For all students who accepted the grant, aid was disbursed on June 17, 2020. The Institution continues to provide student consultations, a Student Zoom Town Hall was held by the President and Provost on July 17, 2020, and appeal requests are reviewed on a continual bases.