Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to: (i) provide grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (“COVID-related expenses”); and (ii) cover institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
According to the Department of Education, students who have completed a FAFSA, are Title IV aid eligible and were enrolled in what were intended to be face-to-face classes when St. Augustine closed its campus are eligible to apply.
For students who are eligible to apply for the FAFSA but have not completed it, they need to do so before they can be considered for CARES Act grants. These students are highly encouraged to complete the FAFSA before June 15. An application for CARES Act grants will be emailed to these students after their FAFSA applications have been verified.