On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was signed in to law. Similar to the CARES Act passed in March 2020, this act included funding to institutions of higher education, referred to as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), providing students with grants to offset the unexpected expenses they may have incurred as campus operations continued to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Summary of MINIMUM Student Eligibility Requirements for Block Grants:
- The student was enrolled in the spring semester as of February 9, 2021 and remained enrolled through March 29, 2021, after the 50% withdrawal date.
- Students who demonstrated financial need by having a completed Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 aid year on file with the NDSU Financial Aid & Scholarships department at the time of grant distribution.
- The student was enrolled at least half-time as of February 9, 2021, per NDSU’s definition regarding the receipt of financial aid.
Reminder! The eligibility requirements for the CRRSA Act varies from the criteria that was established for CARES Act grant distribution in 2020. The receipt of a CARES Act grant does not guarantee the receipt of a CRRSA Act grant.
Examples of Exclusions:
- International and DACA student, per Department of Education restrictions. This includes students who are not a U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents, or other eligible non-citizens.
- Students enrolled less than half-time as of February 9, 2021.
- Benefitted employees receiving an employee tuition waiver.
- Non-degree students receiving credit at NDSU as part of a consortium agreement.
Distribution of Funds:
If you are selected to receive a CRRSA Act Grant, you will receive an email notification shortly before your grant is released. Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to ensure that their funds are received without delay. If the student has not enrolled in direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to the student's home address in Campus Connection. Uncashed checks may be cancelled at the discretion of the University.
Please be aware that the distribution of the CRRSA Act grant funds may bring forward scams targeting college students. If you receive an email that appears to be from NDSU but are unsure that it is legitimate, please contact NDSU One Stop at (701) 231-6200 for verification.
HEERF II Student Fund Reporting Requirements
On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was signed in to law. Similar to the CARES Act passed in March 2020, this act included funding to institutions of higher education, referred to as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This fund provides students with grants to offset the unexpected expenses they may have incurred as campus operations continued to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- North Dakota State University received notification of the new CRRSA funds via a supplemental CARES Act Grant Award Notification from the U.S. Department of Education on January 17, 2021. Section 314(d)(5) of the CRRSAA requires the institution to provide at least the same amount of funding in financial ad grants to students as was required under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
- The amount allocated to North Dakota State University in CRRSA Act Grant funds is $3,864,163. This amount is designated for emergency financial aid grants for students.
- Of these funds, $3,864,100 has been disbursed to students as of September 30, 2021. According to the US Department of Education, students with financial need should be prioritized. Therefore, NDSU prioritized students who submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and who were enrolled for Spring 2021 semester as of February 9, 2021.
- As of September 30, 2021, 7,798 undergraduate, professional and graduate students representing approximately 65.4% of the census student population received CCRSA Act Grant funding under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act.
- NDSU must pay CRRSA Act grants directly to students and may only apply the grants toward outstanding institutional charges with the student’s written consent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will all students receive a grant?
No. Also, keep in mind that the receipt of a CARES Act grant in 2020 does not guarantee receipt of a CRRSA Act grant in 2021.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Minimum eligibility requirements are as listed below.
- The student was enrolled in the spring semester as of February 9, 2021.
- A completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 aid year was on file with the NDSU Financial Aid & Scholarships department at the time of distribution.
- The student was enrolled at least half-time, per NDSU’s definition regarding the receipt of financial aid.
Reminder! Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee receipt of a grant.
How was the amount of my block grant determined?
Multiple offices within NDSU worked together to develop a formula to, as fairly as reasonably possible, distribute the funds. Priority was given to students with exceptional need. Several exclusions were applied beforehand including, but not limited to, students that were enrolled less than half time, students taking classes at NDSU as part of a consortium agreement (e.g. collaborative and Tri-College), employees of the University, and non-citizens.
Can my grant be applied to the tuition I will owe for the upcoming Summer/Fall 2021 semesters?
Will the grant be used to pay the balance owed at NDSU?
No, NDSU cannot apply the grant towards an outstanding student account balance without your written permission. However, students are welcome to use the funds received to make payment.
Do I have to pay the grant back?
My parents are paying my tuition and other school expenses. Will they receive the grant funds?
No, all grant funds will go directly to the student.
Will this grant impact my financial aid for next year, 2021-2022?
No. Aid received by victims of an emergency by either a federal or state entity for purposes of providing financial relief will not be counted as income for the calculation of Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
Will the grant appear on my 1098-T tuition tax statement?
No, it will not appear in Box 5 – Scholarships or Grants.