CRRSSA Emergency Grant Announcement

What is the CRRSSA?

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA) is a federal law that authorizes and establishes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF 2). This allows higher education institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the pandemic.

What expenses can be covered by a CRRSSA Emergency Grant?

Grants are for students who have experienced additional expenses due to COVID-19. Grant funds can help students pay for eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Can a CRRSSA Emergency Grant be used to pay institutional charges to me such as tuition and fees?

Yes. Per the HEERF II, the student can opt in to have all or a portion of their emergency grant to cover institutional charges. Students are not required to opt in nor does the decision not to opt in or owing the institution affects a student eligibility for funding.

Who is eligible?

SUNY has established the eligibility criteria that students must meet in order to receive CRRSSA Student Emergency Aid Grants. This criteria meets US Department of Education guidance that CRRSSA funds are to be directed at the neediest students:

  • You must have completed a 20/21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) less than 5711.
  • Must be enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester.
  • The U.S. Department of Education does not allow CRRSSA Student Emergency Aid Grants to be awarded to:
    • International students;
    • Undocumented students; and
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students

SUNY Oswego recognizes that eligibility requirements for these funds are evolving and this based on the latest guidance given from the US Department of Education. Should these requirements change, we will notify students.

How do I apply?

Eligible students will not have apply. You will be contacted via your Oswego email to let you know the amount you are eligible for and survey to complete if you want any of your funding applied to your SUNY Oswego bill.

How much could I receive?

The amount you are eligible for will be based on your EFC and enrollment status (Full Time or Part Time).

Student Award Chart

Award Amount Per EFC Range and FT/PT Status
Enrollment Status Spring 2021 EFC Range 0-1,500 EFC Range 1,501-2,900 EFC Range 2,901-4,300 EFC Range 4,301-5,711
FT $1,400.00 $1,225.00 $1,050.00 $875.00
PT $1,050.00 $875.00 $700.00 $525.00

How will I receive my grant money?

If you would like to apply any or all of your award to any outstanding balance please complete the survey (link to survey to be supplied). If you want to choose this option please complete the survey by 04/29/2021 otherwise your funds will be disbursed directly to you via your chosen refund method through Bank Mobile. If you have not already done so please log into myOswego>Financial Services>Student Accounts>Refund set up. Failure to do so in a timely manner can result in the award being cancelled.

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