Emergency Relief Funds for Students

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

updated on 02/01/2021

Thanks to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), University of Portland has $1,336,002 earmarked for financial assistance to be distributed directly to students.

All matriculated UP students who are US citizens are eligible to receive CRRSAA funds. At this time, federal rules state that international students, DACA students, and undocumented students are not eligible. If the federal government’s rules on eligibility change before the University’s funds have been distributed, community members will be notified and newly eligible students will be invited to apply. The University’s Division of Financial Affairs is closely monitoring the rules and regulations for any changes.

An online application is available at https://up.edu/covidrelief. All eligible students who incurred financial hardship due to COVID-19 should apply as soon as possible. The deadline for application is Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

To give greater priority to those with more financial need, as required by the Act, the University is sorting students into two groups. The first group—those eligible students with “higher financial need”—will receive a double grant award of $532.28. “Higher financial need” is based on information from students’ FAFSA filings. Those students who filed a FAFSA and whose expected family contribution calculation places them in the two highest quintiles for financial need will be included in the double-award group. All other eligible students who apply will receive the standard award of $266.14. Note that this payment is not considered financial aid and will not affect any student’s current or future eligibility for financial aid or other assistance.

Funds will be disbursed on a rolling basis from confirmation of eligibility and may take up to three weeks to be processed through the Office of the Controller. Payments will be sent electronically for those enrolled in direct deposit. Otherwise students will receive a check, mailed to the student’s preferred address on file. Students who have not already done so are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit in Self-Serve Banner to ensure quick and secure delivery of their funds.

Questions should be directed to CARESAct@up.edu.

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)

updated on 10/23/2020

University of Portland has signed and returned the certification forms for the allocation of $2,672,004 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which provides financial support to higher education institutions for covering expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Fifty percent of these funds in the amount of $1,336,002, will be provided to eligible students who have incurred expenses such as child care, food/meals, housing, technology or travel expenses. Funds will be split evenly among all eligible students who apply.

We have identified 3,334 potentially eligible students who attended classes during spring semester. These students were sent an email on May 19, 2020 to their UP email address with information on how to submit the certification application. The deadline to submit the certification application is has been extended to September 15, 2020.

Funds will be disbursed on a rolling basis from confirmation of eligibility and may take up to three weeks to be processed through the Office of the Controller.


Eligibility includes the following:

  • Must have attended classes during spring semester 2020 as a matriculated student
    • Must not have been considered an online student before the campus disruption
  • Returning students must demonstrate Title IV eligibility via an official processed 2019-20 or previous year FAFSA (verification completed, if selected and no C flags, not defaulted on federal loans, etc.) Note: As some otherwise eligible students have declined their payments, eligibility is now conditionally extended to 2020-21 FAFSA filers for registered students who attended spring semester and who are otherwise eligible per the eligibility notes herein. Payments to 2020-21 FAFSA filers will be made on a first-come, first-served basis as funds become available.
  • Students who graduated at the end of spring semester, must have been otherwise eligible to apply
  • Students who have withdrawn from the University must have completed spring semester successfully and otherwise been eligible to apply
  • Must not be on financial aid suspension

The deadline to submit the certification application has been extended to September 15, 2020. This deadline is final.

Questions should be sent to CARESAct@up.edu.

CARES Act HEERF Disbursement Reporting

As of 5/22/2020 disbursed $289,720.56 to 723 students.

As of 6/15/2020 disbursed $756,158.64 to 1,887 students.

As of 7/2/2020 disbursed 814,663.76 to 2,003 students.

As of 7/30/2020 disbursed $858,742.96 to 2,143 students.

As of 9/30/2020 disbursed $1,336,002 to 2,269 students. This is the final report that covers HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004 (a)(1) Student Portion funds.

Final HEERF Fund Expenditures for 18004 (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2) and (a)(3) Funds (PDF)