Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)

HEERF II Awarding Criteria
  • Must go to our neediest students
  • Students have the option to allow us to pay their student bills, however they must opt in to it. 
  • All funding will be awarded and nothing will be reserved for future expenses. The CRRSSA allocation of $1,989,431 and the remaining CARES Act allocation of $1,515 totals $1,990,946
  • Can be used for any of the cost of attendance components
Award Calculation

Each student will receive an award of $1,000 based on the criteria below

Cost of Attendance Component  
Books and Supplies $750 for the additional cost of Wi_Fi, Hot Spots, Software – WebEx, Teams and Zoom, Headset and ear buds associated with online learning due to the Pandemic
Miscellaneous $250 for the increased use of sanitizer, wipes and PPE – (face masks) required as a result of the pandemic

Undergraduate priorities
  • Award based on EFC, Pell eligible and MAP eligible
  • Exclude international, undocumented and DACA
  • Exclude non-degree and dual credit students
  • 1,751 undergraduate students were eligible
  • Able to go up to and EFC of less than 12,000
  • Utilized the 2020-21 FAFSA for determining need
Graduates priorities
  • Award based on EFC, used Pell and MAP criteria to determine the neediest
  • Award to full time programs first, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology
  • Award to full time students, those taking 9 hours or greater
  • Can include online programs, which would include our Wiley students
  • Exclude international, undocumented and DACA
  • Exclude non-degree and dual credit students
  • 240 graduate students were eligible
  • Able to go up to an EFC of less than 9,000 with our full-time graduate students

NOTE:  Full time enrollment was based on Spring 2021 registration as of census on 2/22/2021

Distribution to students

The email below will be sent to the 1,991 students that met the criteria outlined above.  Included in this email is a link that allows a student to choose how they would like the grant to be disbursed.  A deadline was set 10 days out from the date of the email to encourage completion in a timely manner.

Email verbiage

Subject Line: You are Eligible for a HEERF II Grant

Dear FNAME, LNAME

This email is to inform you that you are receiving a HEERF II grant* as provided by the CRRSAA Act in the amount of __________.  Lewis University can disburse this grant to your student account with your consent or authorization. 

Please complete the link below by March 15th, 2021 in order to determine your preference for receiving your HEERF II grant.  After March 15, 2021, if we have not received a response from you, all HEERF II grants will be sent directly to you via direct deposit.  If you do not have a bank account on file you will receive your HEERF II in the form of a check.

https://www.lewisu.edu/heerf-II/

We are pleased to be able to disburse these additional funds to you as an enrolled student at Lewis University. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid Services at finaid@lewisu.edu.

Sincerely,
Janeen Decharinte
Director of Financial Aid Services


*On December 27, 2020, The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) was signed into law. HEERF II is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).  The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) provides financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.  In order to be eligible for this funding a student must be:

  • Enrolled in an eligible degree seeking program as of December 27, 2020
  • Registered for classes and incur charges for enrollment after December 27, 2020
  • Demonstrate financial need as determine by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.