CRRSAA (HEERF II)

Updated: 07/06/2021

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed in December 2020 to assist students negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Portland was allocated $3,830,681 in HEERF II funding. Of this amount, a minimum of $1,336,002 must be used to provide emergency financial aid grants 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. Group 1: those eligible students with “higher financial need”—will receive a double grant award. “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. Group 2:  all other eligible students who apply will receive the standard award. 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. 

Of the total eligible population of 3,740 students, the University provided 2,546 awards to those who submitted their applications.   

Group 1 Group 2
Total student awards 1,054 1,492
Total award amount $742.23 371.11
Total awarded $782,310.42 $553,696.12

 

As of June 30, 2021 all CRRSAA funds received have been fully spent.   

Questions should be directed to CARESAct@up.edu

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF II for quarter ending June 30, 2021