CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).

HEERF II provides financial support to higher education institutions. A portion of each institution’s allocation must be awarded to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Information pertaining to the Student Emergency Grants can be located below.

Student Emergency Grant

Valencia College has received authorization from the US Dept of Education to receive the $59.5 million from the Department, provided under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CRRSAA Act. Of that amount, at least $13.8 million will be used for emergency student aid.

In distributing these funds, Valencia has followed, and will follow, the instructions and guidance provided the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, and the Certification and Agreement completed by the College. That guidance provides institutions with discretion to develop their own systems and processes for determining how to allocate these funds, subject to certain limitations on student eligibility and expense eligibility.

Information on that process is provided here, as is a link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was established and funded by the Federal government to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Valencia College plans to distribute the HEERF II emergency grants in multiple rounds with an application process that will begin on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

As of April 2021, $0 of emergency grant aid has been distributed to 0 students.

Eligibility: Round One NOW OPEN

Applications open April 7 - April 20, 2021

To be eligible to receive emergency aid, you must meet all of the qualifications below:

  • Be enrolled at Valencia College in at least one course in a degree or certificate program in spring 2021.
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen
  • Have submitted a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Am I eligible?

Not sure if you’re eligible? Check out the FAQs for more details.


Reporting: HEERF II

Valencia College reports the following amounts of distributions of HEERF I to the following numbers of students as of the dates indicated:

March 15, 2021

HEERF II Grant funds were received by Valencia College on March 15, 2021.