Is a Student On a Leave Of Absence Eligible For Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?

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This AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A was updated on January 19, 2021 to reflect requirements under the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA, Section 314 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021). The same rules rules apply to Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants under the CARES Act (HEERF I funds) and to new funds under the CRRSAA (HEERF II funds).

Yes. A student who is on a Title IV-approved leave of absence (LOA) is still considered enrolled at the institution and is, therefore, eligible for both HEERF I and HEERF II grants to students. The same is true for a non-Title IV-approved LOA if the school still considers the student to be enrolled at the institution while on the LOA.

A Title IV-approved LOA is defined in 34 CFR 668.22(d) and in Volume 5, Chapter 1 of the FSA Handbook. A student on a Title IV-approved LOA still is considered enrolled and not a withdrawal.

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