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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III and the American Rescue Plan

St. Francis College students may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III). The emergency grants require no repayment.


To be eligible, student must:

  • Must be or have been enrolled at St. Francis College on or after March 13, 2020

Unlike with previous emergency student financial aid grants through the CARES Act and CRRSAA, students do not need to be Title IV eligible to receive HEERF III grants. Additionally, undocumented and international students may receive HEERF III grants. This includes refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, DREAMers, and similar undocumented students.

Exceptional need:

Under the American Rescue Plan, SFC is required to prioritize students with exceptional need. Eligible students with exceptional need (as defined below) are eligible to receive grants of up to $3,000. All other eligible students are eligible to receive grants of up to $1,500.

In accordance with issued guidance, SFC defines “students with exceptional need” as:

  • Undergraduate students who receive Pell Grants.
  • Graduate students with an expected family contribution (EFC) of less than or equal to $5,700.

Emergency financial aid grants may be used by students for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. Students must certify that they have eligible expenses in the amount of the grant they receive. Students determine how they may use their emergency financial aid grant within the allowable uses. 

About the HEERF III and Rescue Plan

Signed into law on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) includes aid to assist higher education institutions in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) includes aid to students and institutions.

St. Francis College was allocated $7,544,020 in ARP funding through the U.S. Department of Education. This allocation was determined by the federal government using a formula based on the total student enrollment weighted for the number of Pell eligible students. At least $3,775,506 of this allocation must be awarded to students for emergency financial aid grants.

In accordance with the ARP, SFC will prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need as defined above. Eligible students with exception need will receive an HEERF III grant of $3,000 and other eligible students will receive an HEERF III grant of $1,500. Students with eligible expenses of less than the applicable grant amount will receive a grant in the amount of their eligible expenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information on HEERF and CARES Act Funding, including quarterly reports