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CRRSA Act Funds for Students

Important Information Regarding the CRRSA Act for Students

The application period has closed.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act was signed into law on December 27,2020 to provide additional economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CRRSA Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief II fund through which the Department of Education provided funds to schools to use for emergency grants to students.

Students may use the grants toward any component of their cost of attendance such as tuition, food, housing, health care, childcare expenses, or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students who are US citizens or eligible noncitizens.

  • Distance education students are eligible
  • Submission of a FAFSA is NOT required

WHAT STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE CRRSA ACT FUNDS?

  • Unfortunately, international and undocumented students are not eligible for these funds.
  • Non-degree seeking students

WHAT ARE THE RELIEF GRANTS THAT ESU IS PAYING OUT TO STUDENTS?

The CRRSA Act directs universities to prioritize students with exceptional financial need. Therefore, Emporia State will use some of the CRRSA funds to provide a one-time automatic relief grant to students with an expected family contribution of 6500 or less (determined by the FAFSA); amount based on enrollment level. Eligible students will be notified through their ESU Gmail account prior to payment of funds.

All other students who meet eligibility requirements (see “Who is eligible”) need to submit an application to request assistance for CRRSA Act funds. Students who did not meet criteria for the auto grant but are eligible to apply have been notified by email. If you feel you should have received an email with the application link but didn’t please reach out to esucares@emporia.edu for assistance. Students who received the automatic relief grant are NOT eligible for additional funding through the application process. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis until funds are expended. Completion of the CRRSA application does not guarantee funding.

HOW WILL ESU GET MY CRRSA FUNDS TO ME?

For students who have direct deposit set up these funds will go directly to your bank account.

Students are strongly encouraged to set up direct deposit if they have not done so already. If you do not have direct deposit set up, a check will be mailed to your permanent address. Login through Hornet365 and review your address(es). If you need to update your permanent address you may do so by visiting the changing your name or address page. Slower processing times should be expected for check refunds.

To set up direct deposit:

Go to Hornet 365 fas fa-arrow-right Students fas fa-arrow-right Financial Center fas fa-arrow-right Student Account Center

If you need assistance completing this process email cashier@emporia.edu.

WHAT IF I HAVE AN OUTSTANDING BALANCE ON MY STUDENT ACCOUNT? WILL MY FUNDS PAY THAT FIRST?

Not automatically. The full amount of the CRRSA relief grant will be paid directly to you. ESU will not hold any funds to pay any balance owed without your permission. Information about how to give ESU permission to apply CRRSA grant funds to your charges will be provided.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY CRRSA FUNDS?

Automatic grants payments and application review will start during the week of March 22nd. You will be notified by email prior to payment of funds.

Send questions to esucares@emporia.edu.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2021-22 FAFSA:

The 2021-22 FAFSA is based off 2019 income. We understand you or your parent/guardian’s income may have changed since the 2019 tax year due to unemployment, new employment, or reduced work hours. If you have submitted your 2021-22 FAFSA and have experienced a change in income you can request a review completing Professional Judgement Consideration Form. The Financial Aid Office will reach out to you to request documentation, typically within 7-10 business days.

Total Funds Distributed to Students

  • As of 4/13, the total amount distributed is $1,756,125
  • As of 5/15, the total amount distributed is $1,723,330.96
  • As of 6/15, the total amount distributed remains unchanged.

Total Recipients

  • As of 4/13, the total number of students who have received these funds is 2,227
  • As of 5/15, the total number of students who have received these funds is 2,203
  • As of 6/15, the total number of students who have received these funds remains unchanged.