The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) provides funding to institutions to provide financial aid grants to eligible students. These grants for students may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance (i.e., tuition, room, board, fees, and indirect costs) or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus. More comprehensive information regarding CRRSAA may be found on the Department of Education website.
North Greenville University (NGU) received notification from the U.S. Department of Education on January 19, 2021 that the CRRSAA funds were made available. NGU received a total of $3,311,855 from the U. S. Department of Education and designated a required minimum of $1,071,552 in emergency grants for eligible students.
As of June 30, 2021, NGU identified 1,583 eligible students and granted $1,038,600 in Emergency Student Grants. Of the total amount distributed, $175,326 was from the remaining institutional share from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, and $863,274 was from the student share of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. NGU will provide additional emergency student grant funds to eligible students using the remaining CRRSAA funding within the required timeframe established by the DoE.
Students considered for an emergency student grant were degree-seeking students, enrolled at least ½ time for the Spring 2021 semester. Grant consideration was based on those with financial need as demonstrated by the EFC from the 2020-2021 FAFSA and program level, giving prioritization to those that have an EFC between $0-$5,711 (Pell eligibility range). Following guidance provided by the DoE, only students that have submitted a 20-21 FAFSA were considered for emergency funding. Ineligible non-citizens do not qualify for these grants.
The grant metric below is based on the EFC and program level, and effectively assisted most students enrolled during the Spring 2021 semester with various components of their cost of attendance (i.e., tuition, room, board, fees, and indirect costs).
|EFC Range||Grant Amount|
|$0 to $5,711||$800|
|$5,712 to $20,000||$600|
|Greater than $20,000||$400|
Graduate, Online, and PA Medicine
|EFC Range||Grant Amount|
|$0 to $5,711||$1000|
|$5,712 to $20,000||$750|
|Greater than $20,000||$500|
All eligible students were sent an email to their NGU email account on March 19, 2021 giving them information about the grant. Those with a current balance were provided with instruction on how they could provide NGU with authorization to leave the grant on the account by submitting an online authorization form via the student portal. The communication clearly stated that they were not required to use the funds to pay for a current balance.
Students that had not previously submitted a 2020-2021 FAFSA were sent an email to their NGU email account encouraging them to submit the FAFSA by April 23, 2021 for consideration of the grant.
Grant funds were provided directly to eligible students by paper check or ACH beginning the week of March 29, 2021. A cover letter was also sent with each check or ACH notification giving information about the grant.
Initial Post – 7.9.21