Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Student Emergency Aid Grant Awards

All students enrolled at Harper (excluding personal enrichment and community education classes) are eligible to apply for a HEERF Student Emergency Aid grant. This grant does not need to be repaid and does not affect other financial aid.

Students enrolled at Harper in spring 2022 are now eligible to apply. As a reminder, students can only receive one emergency aid award per semester.

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 and the rapid transition to distance education. Harper understands the importance of this extra financial assistance available for students during the pandemic and the responsibility to ensure the campus is a safe and healthful environment. 

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; however, Harper distributed $3.4 million to eligible students. All HEERF I funding has been expended.

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.

In May and June 2021, Harper received a total of $22,332,991 from the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP), also called HEERF III. This includes $11,254,216 for student emergency financial aid grants and $11,078,775 for institutional costs. Recognizing the financial impacts the pandemic has had on students, Harper has allocated $13.4 million for student emergency financial aid grants.

Questions about HEERF student emergency aid? Please see our Student FAQ. For further assistance, please contact the One Stop at onestop@harpercollege.edu or call the HEERF hotline at 847-925-6484.

To learn more about the federal HEERF funding that Harper College has received, including uses, distribution processes, past reporting, and more, select a program below.


Effective July 1, 2021, the Department of Education provided new reporting guidelines that compiled the different funding allocations into one report.

Quarterly Reports

Last Updated: 4/29/22