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HEERF Funding

The Federal Government established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES) on March 27, 2020 a portion of which, Student Aid Funds, is to be used to provide emergency assistance to students. Supplemental funds were later authorized through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)/(HEERF II) to continue support for institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SUNY Orange has been allocated $1,702,698. in CRRSAA (HEERF II) Student Aid Funds to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic for expenses related to any component of the student’s cost of attendance and/or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. SUNY Orange signed and returned to the Education Department a Certification and Agreement as required under the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. We acknowledge that by drawing down the CRRSAA funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the CRRSAA Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these funds to provide emergency aid grants to students.

As a recipient of HEERF Student Aid Funds, SUNY Orange is required by the federal Education Department (ED) to report the following elements on a quarterly basis:

  1. An acknowledgement that the certification agreement was signed and returned to the federal Education Department (ED) and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, all of the Student Aid Funds to provide emergency grants to students.

  2. The total amount of HEERF Funds that the institution will receive or has received.

  3. The total amount of emergency grants distributed to students.

  4. The estimated total number of students eligible to receive an emergency grant.

  5. The total number of students who received an emergency grant.

  6. The method the institution used to determine which students will receive emergency grants and how much funding they will receive. [Awarding Methodology]

  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency grants.

 

Awarding Methodology

 

CARES ACT (HEERF I) & CRRSAA (HEERF II) Quarterly Reporting

Date Reporting Requirement Update
9/30/2020 Quarterly Since August 23,2020 SUNY Orange has disbursed $278,362.50 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 587
students. The total amount distributed to date is $278,362.50 to 587 students.
12/31/2020 Quarterly Since September 30, 2020 SUNY Orange has disbursed $958,377.56 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 2,454 students. The total distributed to date is $1,236,740.06 to 3,041 students.
3/31/2021 Quarterly Since December 31, 2020 SUNY Orange has disbursed $465,957.94 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 2,651 students. The total amount distributed to date is $1,702,698 to 3,041 students.
6/30/2021 Quarterly Since March 31, 2021 SUNY Orange has disbursed $1,652,007 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 1,470 students. The total amount distributed to date is $3,354,705 to 4,511 students.
9/30/2021 Quarterly Since June 30, 2021 SUNY Orange has disbursed $16,635.50 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to  49 students. The total amount distributed to date is $3,371,345 to 4,560 students.

HEERF Institutional Quarterly Reporting