HEERF III Grants to Students Website Reporting

YSU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and assures that the institution has and will use the $15,342,446 funds received for HEERF III designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a) (1) and (a) (4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount of funding YSU received from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students is $25,718,908. For HEERF III Grants, the amount of funding is $15,342,446 – along with $5,188,231 for HEERF II Grants, and $5,188,231 for HEERF I Grants that add up to the $25,718,446 amount.

To date, $13,044,500 in HEERF III funding has been distributed to students using a block grant awarding approach.  

The number of students we have estimated will be eligible for HEERF III grants is 11,650 due to the elimination of the FAFSA requirement and based upon the expanded student populations now eligible. 

The total number of students that have received HEERF III grant disbursements from YSU to date is 11,430.  

As mentioned above, YSU used a block grant approach to prioritize the release of HEERF III grant funds to students with exceptional financial need as required (Pell grant recipients) who were enrolled during the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters to assist them with expenses such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) and childcare since the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create financial challenges and disruptions.  

Additional HEERF III block grants will continue to be awarded as emergency grants with priority given to newly identified Pell eligible students as FAFSA’s are completed or updated.  The second round of priority block grants following Pell eligible disbursements were awarded to domestic students with financial needs, especially undergraduates, that are not Pell Grant eligible. The third and fourth rounds of block grants were awarded as emergency grants to domestic Graduate students and International students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition to HEERF III Grant awarding, YSU has been conducting direct outreach to financial aid applicants about the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to the recent unemployment of a family member or independent student, or other circumstances.  Communications to students using targeted emails, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Dollars and Sense newsletter, the Division of Student Affairs - The Pulse newsletter, and with post cards mailed to their homes.  The financial aid special circumstance review message expresses the following:  If you, or your family, have experienced a financial hardship during the calendar year 2020, or 2021, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss a potential reassessment of your federal and state grant aid eligibility.  

YSU will assist students who have additional financial needs until HEERF III grant funds are exhausted.