Morgan State University HEERF II (CRRSAA) and HEERF III (ARP) Reporting Requirements
Section 314(d)(5) of CRRSAA requires that an institution receiving funding under section 314(a)(1) provide the same amount in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Student Aid Portion award. The ARP, with some changes, is a continuation of the CRRSAA programs. Under the ARP (a)(1) program, as authorized under section 2003 of the ARP, the amount each institution must use for financial aid grants to students is determined by calculating the sum of 50 percent of the amount each institution receives under the formula factors in CRRSAA section 314(a)(1)(A)-(D); and 100 percent of the amount received under the formula factors in CRRSAA section 314(a)(1)(E)-(F). Student award amounts for both the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs are identified for each institution in their respective allocation table.
Under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs, student portion funds must be used to provide financial aid grants to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education) which may be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. In making financial aid grants to students, an institution of higher education must prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants.
Certification and Agreement Form
Morgan State University signed and returned the certification and agreement form on April 21, 2020.
Total Financial Aid Grants Received under CRRSAA
Morgan State University received $4,631,796.00 in funding designated as emergency financial aid grants to students. The University is in the process of distributing those funds to eligible students who have incurred expenses associated with the disruption of their education due to coronavirus.
Total Financial Aid Grants Received under ARP
Morgan State University received $12,518,310.00 in funding designated as emergency financial aid grants to students. The University is in the process of distributing those funds to eligible students who have incurred expenses associated with the disruption of their education due to coronavirus.
HEERF II Funding Distributed to Students
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has given colleges and universities discretion to determine how this emergency assistance will be disbursed to eligible students. In accordance with the directive from the Secretary of the Department of Education, institutions are to prioritize funding for those students with the greatest need, while distributing grants as widely as possible for maximum impact. The University's intent is to ensure that students with the most urgent need are the first to receive the emergency grant funds. Eligible students include non-degree seeking, non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students eligible per ED guidance, students exclusively enrolled in distance education, and any leftover HEERF II funds as of May 14th, may be awarded to refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students. ED removed the requirement that a student must be eligible for Title IV aid to receive financial assistance under the HEERF programs. As of June 11, 2021, Morgan State University has distributed $4,581,192.50 in emergency financial aid grants to 4,836 students.
The emergency financial aid grant is awarded using two methods:
- HEERF II-Direct Student Relief: $4,575,737.60 (includes $311,084.09 remaining from HEERF I) was disbursed to 4,831 eligible students based on financial need using information from the 2020-2021 FAFSA. A sliding scale based on expected family contribution (EFC) and number of credits enrolled in during spring 2021 was used to determine the amount awarded to each eligible student. Students with EFC up to $30,000 were eligible for these funds.
- HEERF II-Student Emergency Relief: The remainder of the emergency financial aid grant funding $367,142.59 is being provided to eligible students through the Morgan State University Emergency Student Grant Fund. Students may apply here: https://www.morgan.edu/studentemergencyfund.
- As of June 11, 2021, 5 students have been awarded a total of $4,735 in HEERF II-Student Emergency Relief funding.
Estimated Number of Students Eligible to Participate in Programs under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs
There were 6,831 students registered in the spring 2021 term.
Determining Eligibility for HEERF II-Student Emergency Relief Funding
A student must meet all the criteria listed below to qualify for HEERF-Student Emergency Relief funding through the Morgan State University Emergency Student Grant Fund:
- A student who has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic campus interruption and has an emergency need.
- A student must use the funds to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted their educational experience. Allowable expenses include eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as:
- assistance with food purchases;
- needs related to housing/rent/utilities;
- the purchase of course materials;
- technology-related needs;
- emergency travel caused by the abrupt transition to online learning;
- costs of storage/shipping belonging home; and/or
- assistance with health care and/or child care expenses.
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Posted 6/11/2021 ebj