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CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

April 12, 2021

Dear Students,

The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt all of our lives. In an effort to address the financial burdens that students have experienced, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) on December 27, 2020.

Husson University is receiving $1,337,308 as part of this legislation to distribute directly to students. These funds may be used to pay for the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus such as food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.  In addition, CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with “exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants.”

Husson University has been working to develop fair and equitable standards for the distribution of these funds based on federal government guidance.  In particular, we considered how to best meet the requirement that we prioritize students with “exceptional need.”

Undergraduate and graduate students who filed a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of under $10,000, and are enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester will automatically receive a pre-determined grant amount.  The amounts will vary depending on your EFC and your status as a student (full or part-time, graduate or undergraduate).

Recognizing that many students who are not eligible for the grants outlined in the preceding paragraph are experiencing financial hardship, we have created an application process where you can outline any unmet cost of attendance or emergency costs you have incurred due to coronavirus.  These application-based grants are available to any students who filed a FAFSA but have an EFC greater than $10,000, including exclusively online students, non-degree seeking, non-credit, dual enrollment and continuing education students, students who dis-enrolled since March 13, 2020, and qualified aliens (as defined within 8 U.S.C section 1641.) 

To meet the requirement under CRRSAA that we prioritize students with exceptional need, the University has decided that employees attending Husson as part of the tuition-waiver benefit cannot qualify for a grant, but dependents of employees are considered eligible if they meet the above criteria.

Here is what you need to do to receive a CRRSAA grant:

If you filed a FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year, are enrolled in the spring 2021 semester, and have an EFC under $10,000, you need to do nothing.  Your distribution will be electronically deposited to the specified account indicated that Husson has on file for you.  By accepting this distribution, you are attesting that you had unmet cost of attendance and/or had emergency costs associated with COVID as outlined above. If you feel you do not have such expenses, you must decline your award by registering here by Friday, April 16, 2021.  Otherwise, the distribution to your account will be made the week of April 26th.

For students who have unmet costs of attendance and/or emergency costs due to coronavirus who do not qualify for the awards above, please complete this application and submit by Friday, April 16, 2021.  It will be reviewed by our committee and you will receive notification of any award and it will be distributed the week of April 26th.  These distributions will be electronically deposited to the specific account indicated that Husson has on file for you. If you have questions or need to receive the application in a different format, please contact the Office of Student Life at studentlife@husson.edu or 207-941-7107.

If you have questions regarding the account where your distribution will be deposited, please go to https://www.refundselection.com/refundselection/#/welcome/continue. If you have questions regarding distribution eligibility, please contact Husson Office of Financial Aid at finaid@husson.edu or 207-941-7156. With over 3,700 students, we recognize that these grants may not meet all of your added expenses, but we hope they will help lighten some of the financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Please continue to stay safe, healthy and maintain social distancing. It is through your hard work and adherence to our COVID-19 guidelines that we are able to have our campus open for classes, athletics and activities.  With your help, we can make it all the way through the semester without going remote.

Best regards,

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Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President