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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Quarterly Budget & Expenditure Reports

Recently, the U.S. Congress allocated funding to colleges and universities to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was created to enable colleges and universities to provide cash grants to current students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.

To access the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), AU signed and submitted to the Department of Education a certification affirming the university will distribute no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The Secretary of Education advises colleges and universities to prioritize students with the greatest need, but also establish a maximum funding threshold for each student to ensure the widest possible distribution of funds.

At AU, 3.16 million dollars has been allocated to assist students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Applications are considered and approved based on financial need. The American University HEERF maximum award is $1,500 per student.

As of June 30, approximately, 6,300 AU students meet the minimum federally established eligibility criteria. To date, over 3,000 students have applied for HEERF consideration. Approximately 3.16 million dollars have been awarded to 2,122 students in HEER funds. The HEERF application is now closed. All funds have been expended. 

For comprehensive information regarding American University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit AU's COVID-19 Resources page