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Under the Authority of PL 116-136 Title VIII Coronavirus Aid. Relief and Economic Security, “CARES Act” provides Harrisburg University specifically with a generous grant in the amount of $3,995,470 intended to directly benefit its students. Qualified students enrolled in the 2021-2022 academic year will receive assistance under the CARES ACT.

Higher Education Emergency Relief – Student Portion

January 10, 2021

As of January 10, 2021, $741,250 has been distributed directly to students.

April 6, 2021

As of April 6, 2021, $741,250 has been distributed directly to students.  This leaves $795,336 of the $1,536,586 total award.  These funds will be utilized to assist in our “Return to Campus” initiative for the Fall 2021 and in event an of appeals based on extenuating circumstances above and beyond the university’s initial determination of eligibility.

May 14, 2021

As of May 14, 2021, $1,479,250 has been distributed directly to students.  This leaves $57,336 of the $1,536,586 total award.

July 7, 2021

As of July 7, 2021, $1,490,250 has been distributed directly to students. This leaves $2,505,220 of the $3,995,470 total award in reserve for late filers, appeals, and those otherwise determined to qualify based on updated U.S. Department of Education regulations.

October 7, 2021

As of October 7, 2021, $1,511,250 has been distributed directly to students. This leaves $2,484,220 of the $3,995,470 total award in reserve for late filers, appeals, and those otherwise determined to qualify based on updated U.S. Department of Education regulations.

January 5, 2022

As of January 5, 2022, $2,685,000 has been distributed directly to students. This leaves $1,310,470 of the $3,995,470 total award in reserve for late filers, appeals, and those otherwise determined to qualify based on updated U.S. Department of Education regulations.

March 31, 2022

As of March 31, 2022, $2,685,000 has been distributed directly to students. This leaves $1,310,470 of the $3,995,470 total award to be distributed to students through another round of grant awards. These distributions will be made based on eligibility criteria established by the University based on information provided by the US Dept of Ed.

Eligibility

The University recognizes that all its students have been affected by the COVID-19 emergency, whether due to having to purchase new equipment and/or invest in technological upgrades to successfully shift from an on-campus to a virtual campus environment; or due to loss of employment, resulting in difficulty in paying for rent, food, or other living expenses; or due to other unforeseen circumstances. Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds provide a grant to the University to provide direct financial assistance to students.

CARES (HEERF I)

The University was allocated $768,293 in HEERF I funds to disburse to students. The University issued grants to students that met the following criteria:

  • Student must have been enrolled at least part time in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate program during the Spring 2020 semester
  • Student must be eligible to receive Title IV aid as determined by the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Students who did not complete the FAFSA were reached out to via their university email addresses and given a deadline of May 15, 2021 to file

A one-time grant in the amount of $ 1,250 was issued automatically in the form of a check and mailed to all students who met the previously mentioned criteria.  Students did not need to submit anything to receive it.

CRRSAA (HEERF II)

The University was allocated $768,293 in HEERF II funds to disburse to students.

The University established the eligibility criteria to issue grants to students based on information provided by the US Dept of ED. This information suggests that the University is to prioritize students with exceptional need and undergraduate students. All undergraduate students were eligible, regardless of citizenship or Title IV eligibility status. The grants were issued to students as follows:

  • Student must have been enrolled at least part time in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate program during the Late Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester

A one-time grant in the amount of $ 1,500 was issued automatically in the form of a check and mailed to all Pell eligible students who met the previously mentioned criteria. Non-Pell eligible were similarly issued $ 1,000.  Students did not need to submit anything to receive it.

ARP (HEERF III)

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology was allocated $ 2,484,220 in HEERF III funds to disburse as grants to students.

The University established the eligibility criteria to issue grants to students based on information provided by the US Dept of ED. This information suggests that the University is to prioritize students with exceptional need and undergraduate students. All undergraduate students were eligible, regardless of citizenship or Title IV eligibility status. The grants were issued to students as follows:

  • Undergraduate Pell students enrolled for the Fall or Late Fall 2021 terms in a degree seeking program received an emergency grant of $ 2,000. As Pell recipients, we designated these students as having the highest need level.
  • All Undergraduate Non-Pell students enrolled for the Fall or Late Fall 2021 terms in a degree seeking program will receive an emergency grant of $ 1,500.
  • Any domestic (US Citizen or Permanent Resident) graduate or doctoral student enrolled for the Fall or Late Fall 2021 terms in a degree seeking program will receive an emergency grant of $ 1,000.

ADDITIONAL NEED?

Students who can demonstrate expenses directly related to the COVID-19 emergency that exceeds the amount they received may submit an appeal for additional funds by sending an email to FinancialAid@HarrisburgU.edu. The appeal must state the student’s name, student ID, the reason for the appeal, the amount requested, and documentation of expenses. Since students are already receiving an allotment from this grant, all documentation must show expenses that exceed the amount previously granted. Requests that do not provide the preceding information will not be considered.

In addition, if you have suffered a financial hardship due to the pandemic, such as a job loss, it is possible that you could qualify for additional financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify:

Phone: 717.901.5100 Ext. 1672

Email: FinancialAid@HarrisburgU.edu

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