This AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A was updated on March 19, 2021 to include guidance in the revised Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II Frequently Asked Questions, as it relates to spending leftover HEERF I student grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), HEERF II funds under the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA, Section 314 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021), and HEERF III funds under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).
Unspent HEERF I Funds as of December 27, 2020, HEERF II Funds, and HEERF III Funds
Yes. Schools can award leftover (unspent) HEERF I funds, HEERF II funds, and HEERF III funds to nondegree, noncredit, and continuing education students.
HEERF I Funds Spent Prior to Passage of CRRSAA on December 27, 2020
No. Effective with publication of the June 17, 2020 Interim Final Rule, the student must:
The requirement to be enrolled in a Title IV-eligible program was new with the publication of the Interim Final Rule. The Title IV eligibility criterion was not new, but became enforceable by law starting on June 17, 2020. Be sure to review AskRegs Q&A, Must a Student Be Title IV-Eligible To Receive a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant?, for historical information about enforcement of these provisions.
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