HEERF Certification and Agreement: What You Need to Know

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was established by the federal government to provide financial assistance to colleges and universities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To receive funding, institutions must sign a HEERF Certification and Agreement that outlines how the money will be used and the reporting requirements.

Here are the key things you need to know about the HEERF Certification and Agreement:

1. Eligibility Criteria

Institutions eligible to receive funding must be Title IV eligible and participate in federal student aid programs. This includes public and private non-profit colleges and universities, for-profit institutions, and tribal colleges and universities.

2. Use of Funds

HEERF funds must be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. These include expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Institutions are also allowed to use a portion of the funds to cover institutional costs incurred due to the pandemic, such as lost revenue and increased expenses for technology and sanitation.

3. Reporting Requirements

Institutions receiving HEERF funds are required to report on how the money was used and the number of students who received emergency financial aid grants. Reports must be submitted every quarter and include information on the total amount of funds received, the amount of funds distributed to students, and the remaining funds available.

4. Compliance with Federal Regulations

Institutions must comply with all federal regulations related to the use of HEERF funds, including those related to Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in sanctions or the repayment of funds.

5. Certification and Agreement

To receive HEERF funds, institutions must sign a Certification and Agreement that outlines how the funds will be used and the reporting requirements. The Certification and Agreement can be found on the Department of Education’s website and must be signed by an authorized representative of the institution.

In conclusion, the HEERF Certification and Agreement is a critical document for institutions seeking financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. By understanding the eligibility criteria, use of funds, reporting requirements, compliance regulations, and certification and agreement process, institutions can ensure they receive and use HEERF funds in a manner that complies with federal regulations and benefits their students.