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CRRSA Act

The Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed by Congress and signed into law 12/27/20 to provide economic relief from COVID-19.

Included in CRRSAA is another round of stimulus funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which will be sent to schools to use for financial aid grants to students for account balances or as emergency grants directly to students for emergency costs that have directly resulted from Coronavirus. Scroll down for FAQs and consumer information and disclosure.


CRRSA Act FAQs

How is the CARES funding different from the CRRSAA funding?

CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund (HEERF) to assist enrolled students (excluding exclusively online students and non-degree seeking students) for expenses related to the disruption of on-campus operations due to the pandemic in Spring 2020. CARES funding to students has been fully exhausted. CRRSAA is a supplemental for HEERF to assist Spring 2021 enrolled students who have “exceptional need” with their account balance or with emergency costs that have directly resulted from Coronavirus.

I received a check from the CARES Act Grant in Spring 2020. Why didn’t I receive a check from the CRRSAA Grant in Spring 2021?

Because CARES in Spring 2020 was administered to assist students who were on-campus during the pandemic’s disruption to on-campus operations, all on-campus students at the time of the disruption were given some amount of CARES to assist with the sudden loss of on-campus services. On the other hand, CRRSAA is meant for those with “exceptional need,” and as such only those students with a Pell eligible EFC (EFC = expected family contribution as determined on your FAFSA) are eligible for an automatic CRRSAA grant. If you have a need that has arisen as a direct result of Coronavirus, please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

I did not receive a check from the CARES Act Grant in Spring 2020. Why did I receive a check from the CRRSAA Grant in Spring 2021?

If you were not enrolled during Spring 2020 or if you were enrolled in an exclusively online program in Spring 2020, you were not eligible for CARES. For CRRSAA, you were identified as an enrolled student for Spring 2021 with a Pell eligible EFC (EFC = expected family contribution as determined on your FAFSA). Consequently, you received a CRRSAA Grant.

I am a SWU Online student. Will I receive a CRRSAA Grant?

If you are identified as an enrolled, degree-seeking student for Spring 2021 with a Pell eligible EFC (EFC = expected family contribution as determined on your FAFSA) at the time that we receive the CRRSAA funding, you will receive a CRRSAA Grant.

How did Southern Wesleyan determine eligible students and the amount of CRRSAA Grant per student?

Because CRRSAA is meant for students with exceptional need (those with a Pell Grant eligible EFC (EFC = expected family contribution as determined on your FAFSA)), eligible students were identified by reviewing students’ EFCs, and students’ CRRSAA Grant amounts were determined by the student’s EFC according to the table below:

2020-2021 EFC

CRSSA Grant Amount

0

$800

1-1000

$750

1001-2000

$650

2001-3000

$550

3001-4000

$450

4001-5000

$350

5001-5711

$250

If CRRSAA was signed into law on 12/27/2020, why is there a delay in receiving CRRSAA funds?

Once CRRSAA was signed, legislators began work on establishing and issuing guidance to schools regarding expectations for and application of the funding. SWU then had to wait until it actually received its funding. Additionally, SWU had to wait until it received each student’s CRRSAA Authorization Form, which tells SWU how to process the grant for each student (be sure to check SWU email for the CRRSAA Authorization form). Funding was received 01/20/2021, at which time SWU immediately began administering funds to eligible students according to the student’s CRRSAA Authorization form.

Do I have to report to the school what I spent my CRRSAA Grant on?

No. But, the expectation is that the CRRSAA grant will be used, if not as a financial aid grant for the student’s account balance, then as an emergency grant directly to student for emergency costs that have directly resulted from Coronavirus.

I have a balance due on my student account. Am I required to apply my CRRSAA Grant to my account balance?

Students are not required to apply the grant to their account balances, but it is definitely an option if a student has an account balance. CRRSAA Grant eligible students will receive a CRRSAA Grant Authorization Form via their SWU email. This form, once submitted by the student, will tell SWU how each student wants the grant applied: either to the account balance or directly to the student to be used toward emergency costs that have directly resulted from Coronavirus.

I did not get a CRRSAA Grant, but I have a need that has arisen as a direct result of Coronavirus. How can I get a CRRSSAA Grant?

Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have an immediate need directly related to Coronavirus. We will continue to make requests based on individual needs with appropriate demonstration of need.

While this CRRSAA Grant helped, I am in need of food, shelter, and other basic needs for the summer. Are there any funds to help me?

Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have an immediate need directly related to Coronavirus. We will continue to make requests based on individual needs with appropriate demonstration of need.

Will there be CRRSAA Grants for the 2021-2022 academic year?

At this time, we do not have an answer to this question. The US Department of Education is constantly re-evaluating the effects of Coronavirus. As information is released, SWU will communicate any and all information that affects student grant funding.


CRRSAA Consumer Information and Disclosure

Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) received notification from the U.S. Department of Education on January 20, 2021 that the CRRSAA funds were available. We have begun administrative work to get the funding out to eligible students and to notify those students.

Funds will be expended in the following manner:

Phase One – identify Pell Grant eligible students and administer baseline grants according to a tiered metric system similar that used for 2020-2021 Pell Grant eligibility. In effect, students’ CRRSAA grant amounts will be determined by the student’s EFC as calculated by the student’s FAFSA. The table below demonstrates the tiered metric system:

2020-2021 EFC

CRSSAA Grant Amount

0

$800

1-1000

$750

1001-2000

$650

2001-3000

$550

3001-4000

$450

4001-5000

$350

5001-5711

$250

Phase Two – for those students who have exceptional need and need more than that offered in phase 1 or for students who did not receive a baseline grant but appeal on the basis of exceptional need, appeal opportunities will be offered. Appeals can be on the basis of 1) having extenuating difficulty with paying their account balance or 2) paying for emergency costs that have arisen due to Coronavirus, such as costs related to the basic needs of food, housing, health care or child care. The appeals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, may require documentation for substantiation, and will be assessed using financial aid administration’s professional judgment.

During Phase 1, SWU identified 544 automatically eligible students (those that had an expected family contribution (EFC) on their 2020-2021 FAFSA that was less than 5712) and allocated $368,450 in CRRSAA COVID Relief Grants to those students, leaving $52,259 for COVID emergency appeals. As of February 5, 2021 SWU has granted 5 appeals. With appeals included, the total CRRSAA COVID Relief allocated during Phase 1 & Phase 2 equals $376,946 and assists 547 students. We continue to receive and review COVID emergency appeals. If you did not receive a relief grant during phase 1 and you have a COVID need or if you have a need beyond the relief that you received, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 864-644-5500 or at  .

As of March 12, 2021 SWU has granted 11 appeals. With appeals included, the total CRRSAA COVID Relief allocated during Phase 1 & Phase 2 equals $397,785 and assists 569 students. We continue to receive and review COVID emergency appeals. If you did not receive a relief grant during phase 1 and you have a COVID need or if you have a need beyond the relief that you received, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 864-644-5500 or at   .

As of May 20, 2021 SWU has granted 20 appeals. With appeals included, the total CRRSAA COVID Relief allocated during Phase 1 & Phase 2 equals $420,709 and assists 576 students. We continue to receive and review COVID emergency appeals. If you did not receive a relief grant during phase 1 and you have a COVID need or if you have a need beyond the relief that you received, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 864-644-5500 or at  .

As of June 29, 2021 SWU has granted 36 appeals. With appeals included, the total CRRSAA COVID Relief allocated during Phase 1 & Phase 2 equals $442,138 and assists 577 students. We continue to receive and review COVID emergency appeals. If you did not receive a relief grant during phase 1 and you have a COVID need or if you have a need beyond the relief that you received, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 864-644-5500 or at   .

Report for Quarter Ending 03/31/2021
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