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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Updated January 2022

American Recovery Plan (HEERF III)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.

The ARP (or HEERF III) is a financial aid grant provided to you for expenses related to the continued disruption of your education due to Coronavirus. 

Institutional portion HEERF III:

Pillar College’s reporting for the calendar reporting period of October 2021 through December 31, 2021.  The attached pdf of the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Section 314(a)(1), Institutional Portion.

For the quarter ending December 31, 2021, Pillar College has spent $263,162. From the total amount of the Institutional portion of $874,299, Pillar College has spent a total of $355,360.

Student Portion Update (HEERF III)

The total amount of funds for the student portion that Pillar College received $874,301 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The amount of $834.810.06 was disbursed to 415 students. 

$874,301 is the final and total award of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act as of September 30, 2021 which has been scheduled and disbursed to students.

To be eligible to receive a HEERF III award students must have been enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester, or must have been enrolled in another semester since March 13, 2020 and forward. Under HEERF III, eligibility includes, both on-campus students and online students, full time and part time students and international, undocumented and DACA students.

The method used by Pillar College to determine which students received the Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was to first consider the timeframe after August 2, 2021 and run an excel file that produced the in-seat, active, current, fall 2021 semester students who were in the Traditional, pre-Lead, Lead, BLEND, graduate, DEED and international students programs.  A form was created for students to complete and return, expressing their need for the award.

Instructions were provided by Pillar College to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  The college sent an email to each eligible student from the President’s office stating where to go on the Pillar College website to download the form, fill it out and make a copy and send the copy back to the [email protected] email address.  Upon receipt of the form, the financial aid department reviewed the applications and scheduled the award.  The student account department processed the award on the student account and created a stipend check for disbursement which was sent to students in the mail.

Updated January 2022

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

Pillar College acknowledges that we have signed and returned to the United States Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that Pillar College has used no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.  The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

Institutional Portion Update (HEERF II)

The Institutional Portion of the Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was $715,084.  (See Pillar College’s website to view the report regarding our disbursing this funding to students in a timely manner.) 

Pillar College’s reporting for the calendar reporting period of October 2021 through December 31, 2021.  The attached pdf of the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Section 314(a)(1), Institutional Portion. 

For the quarter ending December 31, 2021, Pillar College spent $40,554. From the total amount of the Institutional portion of $715,084, Pillar College has spent a total of $525,224.

Student Portion Update (HEERF II)

The total amount of funds for the student portion that Pillar College received is $281,240 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The total amount of $281,240 was disbursed to 304 students. 

$281,240 is the final and total award of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act as of September 30, 2021 which has been scheduled and disbursed to students (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days after).

The total number of students is 322 at Pillar College who were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Out of the 322 Title IV eligible students, 304 students received the HEERF II due to need-based applications.

The method used by Pillar College to determine which students received the Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was to first consider the timeframe after January 1, 2021 and run an excel file that produced the in-seat, active, current, spring 2021 semester students who were in the Traditional, pre-Lead, Lead, BLEND, graduate (not international students) programs.  A form was created for students to complete and return, expressing their need for the award.

Instructions were provided by Pillar College to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  The college sent an email to each eligible student from the President’s office stating where to go on the Pillar College website to download the form, fill it out and make a copy and send the copy back to the [email protected] email address.  Upon receipt of the form, the financial aid department reviewed the applications and scheduled the award.  The student account department processed the award on the student account and created a stipend check for disbursement which was sent to students in the mail.

HEERF

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Pillar College will have virtual instruction and work remotely from January 3, 2022, and will resume in-person instruction and in-office work on January 18, 2022.

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