Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Information

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

As a part of the CARES Act passed by Congress, colleges and universities across the country were allocated funds to offset the disruptions to institutions and their students resulting from the coronavirus. To receive these funds, Oglethorpe signed and returned the Department of Education Certification Agreement. Oglethorpe intends to use all funds in compliance with Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, including awarding 50% of the funds in emergency financial aid grants directly to students.

The Department of Education advanced Oglethorpe a total of $1,279,508 in funds, including $639,754 in funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Oglethorpe estimates 1,127 students are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  The total sum of $639,754 has been spread across 1,066 students.  Distributions were made via physical check, sent to each student’s mailing address on file.  Considering the interruption of university services provided during the spring, the first set of distribution amounts varied across displaced university residents ($625), full-time non-resident students ($400), and full-time Adult Degree Program students ($250).  This first round of distributions produced $557,450 to 1,064 students.

Students were also invited to apply for CARES Act distributions who communicated specific, emergency needs brought on by the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  Students who had such needs were encouraged to apply for additional assistance using this formAnother $82,304 was distributed to 204 students submitting the form for additional assistance.

Questions regarding CARES Act funding can be submitted online here.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)

In 2021, the CRRSAA authorized an additional allocation to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to continue helping institutions and their students through disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Having already signed and returned the Department of Education Certification Agreement in securing HEERF funds from the CARES Act, Oglethorpe has been able to access funds allocated from Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA.

The Department of Education advanced Oglethorpe a total of $2,105,854 in funds, with $639,754 designated specifically for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. In March 2021, Oglethorpe identified 1,159 students eligible to receive CRRSAA / HEERF II distributions. Oglethorpe distributed $464,600 across all 1,159 eligible students. Distribution amounts varied based on enrollment status and Pell Grant eligibility, with part-time, Pell-ineligible students receiving $150, part-time, Pell-eligible students receiving $250, full-time, Pell-ineligible students receiving $350, and full-time, Pell-eligible students receiving $500. Distributions were made via physical check, sent to each student’s mailing address on file.

Students are also invited to apply for additional distributions based on specific, emergency needs brought on by disruptions from the coronavirus. Students who have such needs are encouraged to apply for additional assistance using this form. As of August 1, 2021, $110,320 has been distributed to 166 students submitting the form for additional assistance.

Questions regarding HEERF I and II funding can be submitted online here.