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HEERF II (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry received Student Aid funding under the CRRSAA section 314(a)(1) program.  This program, with some changes, provides supplemental funds to the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program.  The College of Environmental Science and Forestry signed and return to the Education Department a Certification and Agreement as required under the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program.  We acknowledge that by drawing down the CRRSAA funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the CRRSAA Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these funds to provide emergency aid grants to students.

  • ESF received $840,870 from the Department of Education under the CRRSAA section 314(a)(1) program pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Grants to Students.

  • ESF has estimated 1,569 students at the institution may be potentially eligible for funding from emergency grants under Section 314(a)(1), prior to the application of SUNY and internal awarding procedures.

  • After application of SUNY and internal awarding procedures, 480 students received funding from emergency grants under Section 314(a)(1).


SUNY requires campuses to prioritize Pell eligible recipients starting with students at the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFCs). Students enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester with a valid EFC up to 5,711 will be eligible for a base grant amount and a supplemental amount based on an established EFC tier.

  • Matriculated undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking students enrolled full-time or part-time in credit-bearing courses during the Spring 2021 semester.

  • Student should have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships with a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) value from 0 - 5,711.

  • International and undocumented (DACA) students are not eligible.

  • Students who have not completed the verification process are not eligible as the outcome of the process could change the EFC value.

Determination of Award Amounts

Award amounts are determined through use of a SUNY provided template. Each recipient will be awarded a base grant amount and a supplemental amount determined by established EFC tiers and enrollment (full-time or part-time).

  • Tier 1: EFC Range of 0 to 1,500

  • Tier 2: EFC Range of 1,501 to 2,900

  • Tier 3: EFC Range of 2,901 to 4,300

  • Tier 4: EFC Range of 4,301 to 5,711

Award Amounts

Award amounts for each tier and enrollment status are as follows:

  • Tier 1 - Full Time: $1,950.98

  • Tier 2 - Full Time: $1,707.11

  • Tier 3 - Full Time: $1,463.24

  • Tier 4 Full Time: $1,219.36

  • Tier 1 - Part Time: $1,463.24

  • Tier 2 - Part Time: $1,219.36

  • Tier 3 - Part Time: $975.49

  • Tier 4 Part Time: $731.62

Disbursement of Funds to Students

Awards will be processed through Banner billing functionality. Funds cannot be applied to any ESF billing charges without an active opt-in by the student. Award amounts will be disbursed and provided to the recipients using the same procedures used for aid refunds, with the full grant amount being given to the student using their existing Bank Mobile preferences. Those preference options are:

  • Direct Deposit to Existing Bank Account

  • Direct Deposit to Account Created with Bank Mobile (Vibe Account)

  • Paper Check (this option can be selected or will be the default if no preference is established)

Communication to Students

Recipients will receive a notification by e-mail and by postal mail.  This notice will contain the amount of grant funding being awarded and specific wording required by SUNY with regards to the appropriate use of the funds by the recipient.


Last Updated: August 16, 2021