Public Disclosure Regarding CRRSAA, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II

Southern Connecticut State University (“Southern” or “the University”) has received funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (“CRRSFAA” or “Act”) which created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (“HEERF II”).  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 will use at least as much funding for HEERF II (CRRSFAA) aid to students as was distributed to students under HEERF I (CARES Act).
  2. The University received $4,195,084 from the Department of Education, under section 314(a)(a) of the Act, for distribution to students.
  3. As of March 31, the University has distributed that full amount, plus $3,531.81 in remaining CARES funds, and $15,978 in HEERF II institutional funds to students.
  4. 6,827 student received awards – the entire population known to be eligible – and the average award was $618.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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: July 9, 2021