Public Disclosure Regarding ARPA, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III

Southern Connecticut State University (“Southern” or “the University”) has received funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA” or “Act”) which created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (“HEERF III”).  Part of the University’s responsibility under the Act was to provide certain information to the public about the University’s funding for students, and how it has been used. 

  1. Southern has signed and returned to the Department of Education, the Certification and Agreement as required.  The University has used, or will be using in 2021-2022, the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The University received $11,960,119 from the Department of Education, under section 2003 of the Act, for distribution to students.  Previously, under CRRSAA and the CARES Act, the University received and distributed $8,390,168 to students.
  3. As of September 30, 2021, the University has not distributed HEERF III funds to students.  Distribution of the first half will be in October 2021.  As of March 31, 2021, the University had distributed $8,390,168 in HEERF I and HEERF II student funds plus $15,978 from HEERF II Institutional funds.
  4. For HEERF III, the number of eligible students, the number of students receiving awards, and the average amount of those awards will be reported in the next quarterly report.  For CRRSAA, 6,827 students received awards – the entire population known to be eligible – and the average award was $618.
  5. For CRRSAA, 6,827 students received awards.
  6. The awarding methodology for CRRSAA was as follows:  Award amounts were determined based on course load and Pell eligibility with Pell students receiving up to 40% more than non-Pell students.  The actual amount of the Pell increment was based both on level of Pell eligibility (full Pell students receiving the full 40% increment with the amount tapering downward as the Pell award amounts decreased).  The baseline full time student award was $590, and the full Pell increment was $238, for a maximum award of $828.  Graduate and undergraduate students were included.  Eligibility was determined based on FAFSA status or response to a citizenship questionnaire sent to all potentially eligible students who had not filed a FAFSA.  Non-matriculated students, non-USA citizens, and students with certain waivers were excluded.  All funds were expended by March 31, 2021.
  7. For CRRSAA, students were notified of the program via email on March 3, 2021.  Several follow up messages were sent to students who were otherwise eligible but needed to complete the citizenship questionnaire.
  8. For CRRSAA, instructions on the use of funds was provided in the March 3, 2021 email.


Quarterly Reports

View the quarterly reporting on the institutional portion of the HEERF II grant.


Posted:  June 9, 2021
Updated: October 5, 2021