Who Signs the Certification and Agreement Form For HEERF Funding?

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This guidance is not award-year-specific and applies across award years.

This AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A includes guidance related to HEERF I grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), HEERF II grants under the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA, Section 314 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021), and HEERF III grants under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

The school official who signs the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students or the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion for the respective HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III programs is the individual designated by your institution as being legally obligated to sign non-Title IV federal grant applications, or as otherwise determined by your institution. Typically, that person is the institution’s president, chancellor, or chief executive officer (CEO), or their delegated representative.

The school’s legal counsel should be consulted if there are questions.

The emergency grant funds under HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III are not Title IV federal student aid funds, so certification signatures do not necessarily mirror your Title IV Program Participation Agreement (PPA).


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