Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Since the Emergency Declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic was proclaimed in March 2020, the U.S. Department of Education has provided Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to higher education institutions to address the immediate and urgent impacts of the pandemic on students and academic institutions.

The intent of these funds is to provide direct support to Harper students impacted by coronavirus through emergency financial aid grants. The HEERF funding also supports Harper’s institutional expenses related to the prevention, preparation, and response to coronavirus. Harper understands the importance of extra financial assistance made available for qualified students during this difficult time. Harper is responsible for managing the approval of disbursements and the disbursement process for this funding.

In April 2020, Harper received $5,526,516 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I). This included a minimum of $2,763,258 for student financial aid grants.

In March 2021, Harper received $12,582,067 from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), also called HEERF II. A minimum of $2,763,258 is required to be provided directly to eligible students as financial aid grants. However, Harper has allocated $7.5 million dollars for student emergency financial aid grants.

To be eligible for emergency financial aid grants through CRRSAA (HEERF II) funds, students must be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen. Harper is using data collected through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process to verify citizenship status. For students who have not completed a FAFSA, a self-certification of citizenship will be required and documented. In order to support all of Harper’s students, non-federal funding sources will also be used to provide emergency aid. 

To learn more about the federal funding that Harper College has received, including citizenship requirements, distribution processes, reporting, and more, select a program below. For further assistance, please contact the One Stop at onestop@harpercollege.edu or call the HEERF hotline at 847-925-6484.