The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) was signed into law on December 27, 2020. The CRRSAA authorized financial support for education.
Pomona College received funding through HEERF II to provide financial aid grants to students. These grants may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.
HEERF II Frequently Asked Questions
Which Students Will Receive HEERF II Financial Aid Grants?
Student who have submitted a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-21 academic year and were enrolled at Pomona on Sept. 5, 2020 and/or Feb. 9, 2021 are eligible for HEERF II emergency grants.
How Much Will Students Receive?
There are three levels of payments: $400, $600, and $1,004 with higher fund levels directed to students with higher financial need as demonstrated through their application for financial aid.
Will Undocumented, DACA, and International Students Receive Funds?
Congressional funding did not allow distribution to undocumented, DACA and international students, but Pomona College has used college resources to provide emergency funds with the same award amounts as provided through the HEERF II funds.
When Will Pomona Disburse HEERF II Financial Aid Grants to Students?
Pomona begins releasing funds on May 14, 2021. Students who have previously enrolled in direct deposit with Pomona College will receive an automatic deposit of funds to their bank account. All others will receive payment by check mailed to their address on file with Pomona.
Is the Grant Taxable?
The federal grant to students is not taxable income.
What Can I Use My Grant For?
Federal HEERF funds may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance such as tuition, fees, food, housing, books, personal expenses, health insurance or to cover any amount due to the student account for either this year or next. The funds could also be used for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care or child care, which includes expenses that arise in the summer or the upcoming school year.
Can I Return the Funds if I Cannot Use Them?
While the intended use of the funds is broad, if a student cannot use the funds for current or upcoming school expenses or other emergency costs, they may return the funds by emailing FinanceOfficeAP@pomona.edu.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), with a portion of those funds earmarked for student support and a portion earmarked for institutional costs.
Read more about the CARES Act reports and disclosures required under Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act for Pomona College regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions
When will Pomona disburse CARES Act funds to students?
The CARES funding was issued to students on June 30 and July 1, 2020. The grant payments were issued to students through direct deposit or check.
The College provided CARES Act funds to those students who were enrolled as of March 13, 2020 with a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.
Will graduating seniors receive CARES Act funds?
Yes. The pool of students who will be considered for eligibility to receive CARES funds or matching funds from private sources will include students enrolled as of March 13, 2020, including graduating seniors.
Which students will receive CARES Act funds?
Pomona College provided CARES Act funds to those students who were enrolled as of March 13, 2020 and who have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file and meet Title IV eligibility requirements.
If you have not filed a FAFSA while enrolled at Pomona and need CARES Act funding, complete and submit the 2019-20 FAFSA application by June 12, 2020 and list Pomona as a recipient. (The federal school code is 001173.)
Pomona students who are eligible to participate in federal aid programs, and thus able to fill out the FAFSA but who have not yet done so can receive CARES Act funds once they submit this form.
Will undocumented, DACA, and international students receive CARES Act funds?
The CARES Act excludes undocumented, DACA, and international students from receiving these emergency funds. However, the College will provide emergency funds from its own resources to those undocumented, DACA, and international students who receive financial aid.