NEIU CRRSAA/HEERF II Act Student Emergency Grant

Frequently Asked Questions

February 2021

The recently enacted federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) provides money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students to ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Am I eligible for higher Education Emergency RelieF (HEERF) II funding?

Student Emergency Grants will be awarded to students who were enrolled at the census date for the Spring 2021 semester (Jan. 25, 2021). Students enrolled exclusively in online courses are not eligible for CRRSAA funding. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education will not allow these grants to be allocated to international or undocumented students.

Do I need to apply for HEERF II funding?

No. Students do not need to apply for CRRSAA funding. Eligible students will receive CRRSAA funds through an automated process which does not require an application. Those who have already signed up for direct deposit will receive their grants faster than those who will be mailed checks. Please make sure your mailing address in NEIUport is up to date. (To set up an electronic payment account, please log into NEIUport and access the Student tab. Locate the link for “Payment/Refund” and then follow the instructions to create an electronic payment account.)

What is the best way for me to receive the HEERF II funding?

The best way to receive this funding is via direct deposit. If you do not already have an electronic refund account created, please do so by logging into NEIUport, navigating to the Student tab, then find the Payment/Refund link on the left side of the page and follow the prompts.

When will I receive the HEERF II funding?

At this time, NEIU staff are working remotely and completing all processes necessary to send students this important funding. Please expect to receive these funds some time in the next 3-4 weeks, or by the beginning of March.

How much will I receive in HEERF II funding?

Eligible Northeastern students will receive $47 per credit hour based on the enrollment at the time of the Spring 2021 census (Jan. 25, 2021). Pell recipients will receive an additional $18 per credit hour. For example, a student with 12 credit hours will receive $564 in grants and if that student is a Pell recipient the financial aid grant will be $780.

Will the HEERF II funding be applied to my outstanding balance or possibly to my account balance for a previous term?

No. The HEERF II funding will be reflected as a credit to students’ accounts, then refunded directly to students. These funds will not be used to pay student account charges for the current term or any previous terms.

Will the HEERF II funding impact or change my current financial aid eligibility or reduce the loans that I have already received?

No. Although the HEERF II funding is in the form of a federal grant it has no impact and is separate from any eligibility currently or scheduled to be received by way of the FAFSA.

Does it matter whether I am an undergraduate or graduate student?

No. Both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the point of the Spring 2021 census (Jan. 25, 2021) are eligible for HEERF II funding.

I have not yet been admitted to a degree program. Instead I am taking classes as a Student-At-Large. Do I qualify for HEERF II Funding?

No. HEERF II funding is limited to degree-seeking enrolled students for Spring 2021.