Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) that provides funding to institutions of higher education in order to deliver emergency funds directly to students due to the COVID-19 crisis.

On December 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education included Goodwin University in a published list of allocations, to access the emergency funds.

Goodwin University was mandated to grant a total of $1,182,899 for emergency grants to students, based on the allocations list for Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) of the HEERF II CRRSAA.

Goodwin University estimates that 2,702 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and, therefore, eligible to receive an emergency grant.

Eligibility was determined by Goodwin University using the following criteria:

  • Students were enrolled after January 25, 2021 of the spring 2021 semester
  • Students completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA

Students who met these criteria were awarded grants based on their EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) and enrollment status for the spring 2021 semester. As of April 6, 2021, we are in the process of distributing the grants via check to students. Please check SONIS to ensure your address is correct and updated.

For any additional questions, please contact 860-913-2147.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides funding to institutions of higher education in order to deliver emergency funds directly to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education included Goodwin University in a published list of allocations and provided a certification form that was signed and returned on April 13, 2020, to access the emergency funds.

Goodwin University received a total of $1,182,899 for emergency grants to students, based on the allocations list for Section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act.

Goodwin University estimates that 2,519 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and, therefore, eligible to receive an emergency grant.

Federal guidelines require that the emergency funds be distributed based on the criteria listed below:

  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress for enrolled students
  • Cannot owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans to the Department of Education
  • Cannot be in default on a Title IV loan
  • Must file "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
    • A statement of educational purpose
    • Student's SSN
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen
  • Must not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits; and if so must returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges
  • Must have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently
  • Must have Selective Service registration verified (if student is male)
  • Must have Social Security Number verified
  • Must not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations
  • Students enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants.

Students who meet these criteria were permitted to complete the online application by logging into their Sonis account. The forms for the online application were accessible via the menu on the top left-hand side of the screen. However, the application deadline for students who meet these criteria was Oct 2, 2020. We have processed the forms of students who have met the previously stated eligibility requirements and who have submitted the online application prior to the deadline date. For any additional questions, please contact 860-913-2147.

As of July 10, 2020, Goodwin University has disbursed $405,030 to 861 students.

As of August 25, 2020, Goodwin University has disbursed $662,285 to 1,453 students.

As of September 30, 2020, Goodwin University has disbursed $869,400 to 1,898 students.

As of December 31, 2020, Goodwin University has disbursed $924,945 to 2,020 students.

As of March 31, 2021, the remaining $257,954 was divided and disbursed between the 2,020 students who met the eligibility requirements from the Spring 2020 semester. In total, $1,182,899 was disbursed to 2,020 students.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for Institutional & SIP Portions

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) also provided emergency funding in direct support to institutions of higher education. Goodwin received $1,182,898 for institutional support and $116,042 for our current Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP).