Last Updated on May 19, 2020The Federal Government has established the Higher Education Relief Fund (HEERF) under the CARES Act which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This fund will allow SUNY Erie to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. SUNY Erie is committed to supporting student success. In these unusual and unprecedented times, we recognize that students may face unexpected challenges in reaching their educational goals and require short-term financial support to achieve success. This fund intends to provide emergency grants to help students meet urgent, basic needs associated with the cost of college attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare related to the COVID-19 pandemic. SUNY Erie acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and 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. $4.1 million is being made available to students in the form of emergency grants to cover unexpected changes in the cost of attendance associated with the campus disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once this group is funded, any student is eligible to apply for funding. Students must complete the brief online application (coming soon) and otherwise meet the requirements listed above (see eligibility section). There is approximately $600,000 to be disbursed to this group of students. Funding is limited. Students should apply immediately to receive the fullest of consideration. As of today, May 19, 2020, no student applications have been reviewed or received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. This information will update weekly after aid disbursement begins. These awards will not count toward student’s income - it is not calculated as income when determining future financial aid packages. This aid is a grant to students and does not need to be repaid.