Can We Disburse Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds To a Deceased Student’s Estate?

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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).

No. Although it is possible for a student to have qualified for HEERF I, HEERF II, or HEERF III grants, according to guidance NASFAA received from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the student must not be deceased at the time the funds are disbursed. Therefore, the HEERF student grant must be returned to the HEERF fund or awarded to another eligible student.


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