The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and signed into law on December 27, 2020 provides $81.88 billion in support for education in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.
The following information is provided by Lake Superior College in response to the Department of Education’s reporting requirements.
- An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the ARP program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
Lake Superior College signed and submitted the Certificate and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the HEERF I – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 13, 2020 which included assurances to use at least 50% of the total CARES Act allocation for student emergency funds.
Lake Superior has received notification of a supplemental HEERF II award through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, but as a recipient of HEERF I – CARES Act funding, was not required to submit a certification agreement for the HEERF II award. Lake Superior College intends to use the applicable amount of funds designated under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
- The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA program.
On January 18, 2021, Lake Superior College was notified of a supplemental HEERF II Student award from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) in the amount of $878,576.00.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the ARP program as of quarter ended:
March 31, 2021: $878,576.00
June 30, 2021: $878,576.00
- The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA program.
The estimated number of students eligible to receive the CRRSAA Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the College funding plan was 2,961.
- The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA program.
As of March 31, 2021 a total of $878,576.00 has been disbursed to 1,442 students.
As of June 30, 2021 a total of $878,576.00 has been disbursed to 1,442 students under the CRRSAA Student Aid program. An additional $904,924.00 was set aside from LSC’s CRRSAA Institutional Aid to fund base awards and emergency financial aid grants to students. These funds are reported separately in the “additional emergency financial aid grants to students” category of the HEERF Quarterly Institutional report.
- The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA program.
All students enrolled in a credit-based course received a distribution except PSEO students. Our understanding is that they are not eligible under federal regulations.
Pell eligible students and state grant recipients received a base award of $750.00 due to their increased need and Non-Pell eligible students received $500.00. The College disburses these funds through the Bank Mobile Disbursement platform. For the very few students who have not yet used that system, we will provide guided phone, email, or limited face-to-face interaction options to get the funds directly to all students.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
The funding distribution method, simple form for applying for additional emergency funds, and all other details will be publicly shared on the website, with social media alerts to send students to the website and to any telephone or email contacts they may need.
For more information on the HEERF, please visit the Department’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.