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HEERF Reporting

The Federal Government has enacted HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund) which includes financial aid grants to students made possible under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations), and ARP (American Rescue Plan) for those impacted by Covid-19.

Thomas Edison State University has received $2,201,188 in HEERF funding. This funding includes $103,540 from the (a)(1) Institutional Cost fund; $1,614,897 from the (a)(2) Student Emergency Relief fund; and $482,751 for FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education). The University is committed to provide relief for students through use CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP for student awards.

Thomas Edison total enrollment is 14,351 students. Of these students, approximately 100% are estimated to meet the Secretary of Education’s prescribed student eligibility criteria and therefore are eligible for HEERF student assistance grants.

Through March 31, 2022, the University has distributed $1,623,521 to 1,466 students as emergency relief grants. Under U.S. Department of Education guidelines, awarded funds must be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare expenses related to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

If you wish to apply for student economic aid, the U.S. Department of Education allows the University to award funds to those with exceptional need. Extraordinary financial circumstances are defined as:

  • Significant unexpected expenses
  • Loss of employment or reduced income
  • Food or housing insecurity

CARES funding has been exhausted; application is no longer available.

Thomas Edison State University has signed and returned a certification and agreement to the U.S. Department of Education providing assurances that the University will use designated HEERF, CRRSAA, and ARP funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.