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. The University received $4,195,084 from the Department of Education, under section 314(a)(a) of the Act, for distribution to students.
  2. 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.  6,827 student received awards and the average award was $618.
  3. 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 on the level of Pell eligibility (full Pell award students receiving the 40% increment on their basic award, 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.
  4. 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.
  5. This preliminary report is provided in advance of published guideline on community disclosure and will be revised as the regulations are completed and published.

For information on the CARES Act (HEERF I), please click here.


Posted:  April 8, 2021