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Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Student Emergency Funding

St. Francis College students may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II). The emergency grants require no repayment.


To be eligible, student must:

  • Be a U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Students who received a CARES Act grant are eligible to receive a HEERF II grant
  • As of March 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education has not issued written guidance to clarify whether or not undocumented, DACA, or international students may receive these funds. However, it has been verbally stated by the Trump administration that these students are not eligible. We are expecting updated guidance in the coming days and weeks.

HEERF II grants can only be used for expenses from any component of a student’s cost of attendance and/or emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care incurred after December 27, 2020.

Note: A student may elect to apply their HEERF II grant directly to their student account by consenting in the HEERF II application. This includes applying their HEERF II grant to charges posted to their student account before December 27, 2020.


Signed into law on December 27, 2020, CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021) includes aid to assist higher education institutions in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) includes aid for students and institutions. Under CRRSSA, Colleges must use at least the same dollar amount they were required to spend under the CARES Act for emergency financial aid grants to students. 

St. Francis College was allocated $4,322,861 in CRRSAA funding from the U.S. Department of Education. This allocation was determined using a federal formula based on the total student enrollment and is weighted for the number of Pell grant eligible students. At least $1,336,630 of this allocation must be awarded for emergency financial aid grants to students. 

In accordance with federal guidelines, SFC will prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need. Pell recipients will receive a maximum HEERF II grant of $2,000 and eligible non-Pell recipients will receive a maximum HEERF II grant of $1,000. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Information on CARES Act Funding, including quarterly reports