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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)

Grants to USA IHEs for COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery
and for Financial Assistance to Students

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Grants to USA institutions of higher education for Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic relief and recovery, and to provide financial assistance to students to offset costs associated with the pandemic. Applicants are advised that required registration may take several weeks to complete.

Under ARP section 2003, grant awards under this program may be used to (1) defray expenses associated with the coronavirus, including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with transitioning to distance education, faculty and staff training, and payroll; and (2) provide financial aid grants to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or emergency costs due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or child care. In making financial aid grants to students, an institution must prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, such as Pell recipient students. IHEs are urged to make financial aid grants to students to the maximum extent possible.

Additionally, under ARP section 2003(5), IHEs must use a portion of their funds under ALN 84.425M to (1) implement evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress coronavirus in accordance with the public health guidelines; and (2) conduct direct outreach to financial aid applicants about the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to recent unemployment status or other changes in financial circumstances as described in section 479A of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1087tt).

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GrantWatch ID#: 198338

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Institutions must expend funds received under this program within 12 months of obligation of the funds by the Department.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Public and private nonprofit IHEs, as defined in section 101 and section 102(c) of the HEA, and that appear on the ARP (a)(2) SIP Allocation Table.

Subgrantees are not allowed under this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications Available: August 2, 2021.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until October 1, 2021.

In general, to do business with the Department, you must—

(a) Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);

(b) Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (SAM), the Government's primary registrant database;

(c) Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your SAM application; and

(d) Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the SAM database. If you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN.

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For Further Information contact:
Karen Epps, U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 250-64,
Washington, DC 20202

Department of Education HEERF Customer Care Center, Phone: (202) 377-3711. Email:

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