HEERF2 Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
On April 14, 2020 under the signature of Ina Sotomayor, Financial Aid and Scholarships Director, University of California, Los Angeles signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 included additional Covid-19 relief through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSAA) Act under the terms of previously signed Certification and Agreement. Section 314(d)(5) of CRRSAA requires that an institution provide the same amount in financial aid grants to students from CRRSAA funds that it was required to provide under its original CARES Act student aid portion award.
The total amount of funds that UCLA has received from the Department under CRRSAA was $52,623,807 of which $17,953,435 will be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need.
The estimated total number of students at UCLA, eligible to participate in programs under the CRRSAA is 41,000 (Source: UCLA Academic Planning and Budget Office).
HEERF2 Block Grants were processed by Financial Aid and Scholarships based on the data on students’ financial aid application (FAFSA or DREAM Act Application) for 2020/2021 academic year. Awarding priority was given to students with exceptional financial need as reflected by their Expected Family Contribution and who were enrolled full time on the census date (end of 3rd week of spring 2021 term). For graduate and professional students the assessment of exceptional need also included the analysis of federal and state loans accepted for 2020/21 academic year. Eligibility for block grants was determined as follows:
|EFC||Undergraduate Award Amount||Graduate/Professional Award Amount|
|1 – 2,500||$1,400||$1,700|
|2,501 – 5,576||$1,100||$1,400|
|5,577 – 10,000||$500||$500|
|10,001 – 14,070||$300||$300|
In the summer of 2021, block grants were awarded to undergraduate FAFSA and DREAM Act application filers with exceptional need (EFC = $0) who were enrolled full time (at census) in summer sessions. Awards were $250. Graduate and Professional students with a financial aid application on file, enrolled at least half time (at census) in summer sessions and who demonstrated exceptional need (EFC $0 to $14,070) and who had loan debt at UCLA were awarded block grants ranging from $350 - $750.
Additional awards were made via an appeal process for students who were not awarded a block grant or who documented additional need.
|Period of Award||Number of Students||Amount Disbursed|
|January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021||13,157||$17,365,400|
|July 1 – September 30, 2021||1,184||$544,097|
Instructions, directions, or guidance provided to UCLA students concerning the CRRSA Financial Aid Grants:
Web: The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office developed a HEERF FAQ page to provide information to UCLA students about the CRRSA Grant funding and procedures at UCLA. In addition an appeal form for students who need additional assistance available on our home page.
E-mails sent to Students Awarded Block-Grants: Email notifications were sent to all students awarded HEERF2 block grants to notify them of their eligibility and to advise that a new financial aid award notification would be available in MyUCLA student portal letting them know of their award amount. The email also informed students that these funds do not impact their eligibility for financial aid and that the award would be released as a full refund to the student and not be applied towards any charges in student’s UCLA account.
Financial Aid Notifications: Following information was included on the financial aid notification of students who were offered a HEERF2 grant: “You are eligible for HEERF2 emergency student grant. These funds will not be applied to any balances posted in your BruinBill account and you will receive a refund for the full amount of the grant, which you may use to cover your education and/or Covid-related expenses.”