The Federal Government established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (CARES) on March 27, 2020 a portion of which, Student Aid Funds, is to be used to provide emergency assistance to students. Supplemental funds were later authorized through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)/(HEERF II) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP)/(HEERF III) to continue support for institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SUNY Broome has been allocated HEERF Student Aid Funds to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic for expenses related to any component of the student’s cost of attendance and/or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.
As a recipient of HEERF Student Aid Funds, SUNY Broome is required by the federal Education Department (ED) to report the following elements on a quarterly basis:
- An acknowledgement that the certification agreement was signed and returned to the federal Education Department (ED) and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, all of the Student Aid Funds to provide emergency grants to students.
- The total amount of HEERF Funds that the institution will receive or has received.
- The total amount of emergency grants distributed to students.
- The estimated total number of students eligible to receive an emergency grant.
- The total number of students who received an emergency grant.
- The method the institution used to determine which students will receive emergency grants and how much funding they will receive. [Awarding Methodology]
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency grants.
CARES Act Student Portion
SUNY Broome acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution has used no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
SUNY Broome received $2,182,436 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of March 31, 2021 all funds were distributed to 2,750 students
SUNY Broome prioritized awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner:
The 1st round awards CARES Grant to all eligible students, with a higher award amount for those who are considered high need.
from $225 to $2225
- The student incurred expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to Covid-19
- The student is eligible to receive Title IV funding (e.g., U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens with a valid Social Security number and registration with the Selective Service, if applicable) as determined by having filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and
- The student was NOT exclusively enrolled in fully distance education or online program prior to March 19, 2020
- Students must have been in good Academic Standing prior to start of spring 2020 semester
- Students must not have withdrawn or walked away from all coursework
How to Apply
Impact on Financial Aid
Reporting (Student Funds)
- HEERF I Student Aid Emergency Report (pdf)
- Reporting Disclosure Quarter Ending 12/31/2020 (pdf)
- Reporting Disclosure Quarter Ending 09/30/2020 (pdf)
- Reporting Disclosure August 2020 (pdf)
- Reporting Disclosure July 2020 (pdf)
- Reporting Disclosure June 2020 (pdf)
- Reporting Disclosure May 2020 (pdf)