2021 HEERF Fund and CARES Act Disclosures

HEERF Fund Reporting Disclosure (September 30, 2021)

On December 27, 2020, Congress passed the the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA Act) providing roughly $23 billion to institutions of higher education. Azusa Pacific University was allotted $8.8 million through the CRRSA Act, of which $2.7 million was to be used for direct student assistance grants. Subsequently, on March 11, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which included additional COVID-19 relief for institutions of higher education. This new COVID stimulus bill included $40 billion, for higher education institutions and students. Of this funding, Azusa Pacific University was allotted $17 million, $8.58 million of which to be used for direct student assistance grants.

APU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form for the CRRSA and ARP acts within the required timeframe with the intention of utilizing a total of $2.77 million of the funds from CRRSA and $8.58 million of the funds from ARP for student assistance, as is required by the legislation.

We estimate that 13,274 students are eligible for either or both ARP and CRSSA funds based on federal eligibility guidelines.

As of September 30, 2021, APU has distributed all of the allotted $2.77 million CRRSA student portion funds to 2,774 students. Awarded students were given the option of having the amount applied to any owing balance on their account; however, awards were not made contingent upon students electing to apply funds to any balances.

Additionally, APU has distributed $5.4 million of the $8.5 million in ARP funding. This funding was been distributed according to the following methodology:

  1. An immediate allocation of $2 million was prioritized for students with the highest need. High-need students were identified as students who had received a disbursement of PELL, Cal Grant, or the APU Valentine fund within the 2020-21 year. A total of 1,994 students who met this criteria received an immediate award of $1,000 each.
  2. After prioritizing the highest need students, a second allocation of $3.4 million was disbursed to students who were enrolled since the time of the emergency declaration and had owing balances resulting from the COVID disruption. Students whose APU records indicated having owing balances were contacted via email and given the opportunity to complete a simple form indicating whether or not their owing balance was attributable to COVID disruption. In this allocation, 1,285 students were awarded with amounts varying between $100 and $10,000 depending on the size of their owing balance. Awarded students were given the option of having the amount applied to any owing balance on their account; however, awards and award amounts were not made contingent upon students electing to apply funds to any balances.

Should you have any questions about the CRSSA or ARP, please contact APU as follows:

  • Traditional Undergraduate Students: uesc@apu.edu or (626) 815-2020
  • Graduate and Professional Students: gpc@apu.edu or (626) 815-4570

The APU community continues to pray for you and those you love during this time. We continue to work diligently on our plan for reopening campuses this fall and will keep the community updated as our plans emerge.

In keeping with federal disclosure requirements, APU is posting the September 2021 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting Form 00111700_HEERF_Q32021_101021 (PDF). This form reflects the quarter just ended expenditures for the Institutional Aid portion of the HEERF III ARP grant specifically over the period from July 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021.

NOTE: Azusa Pacific University is providing this information to demonstrate compliance with requirements of the CARES Act for institutions receiving allocations from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

HEERF Fund Reporting Disclosure (June 30, 2021)

On December 27, 2020, Congress passed the The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA Act) providing roughly $23 billion to institutions of higher education. Azusa Pacific University was allotted $8.8 Million through the CRRSA Act, of which $2.7 million was to be used for direct student assistance grants. Subsequently, on March 11, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which included additional COVID-19 relief for institutions of higher education. This new COVID stimulus bill included $40 billion, for higher education institutions and students. Of this funding, Azusa Pacific University was allotted $17 million, $8.58 million of which to be used for direct student assistance grants.

APU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form for the CRRSA and ARP acts within the required timeframe with the intention of utilizing a total of $2.77 million of the funds from CRRSA and $8.58 million of the funds from ARP for student assistance, as is required by the legislation.

We estimate that 13,274 students are eligible for either or both ARP and CRSSA funds based on federal eligibility guidelines.

To date, APU has distributed all of the allotted $2.77 million CRRSA student portion funds to students. Funds were allocated to students using the following methodology:

  • Selected students were enrolled in the Spring 2021 term.
  • Students must have an official FAFSA on file for the 2020-21 year and demonstrate need as defined by “cost of attendance” minus “EFC” of or below $36,824 to qualify for a CAA award.
  • Awards were allocated to students to cover components of their cost of attendance.
  • A $1,000 award was granted to all students who were determined eligible.

Using the above methodology, 2,774 students were awarded a grant under the CRSSA program. Awarded students were given the option of having the amount applied to any owing balance on their account; however, awards were not made contingent upon students electing to apply funds to any balances.

As of this date, APU has not yet made any distributions of the $8.5 million in ARP funding and is in the process of determining an awarding methodology which prioritizes students with the highest need and is in line with federal guidelines.

Should you have any questions about the CRSSA or ARP, please contact APU as follows:

  • Traditional Undergraduate Students: uesc@apu.edu or (626) 815-2020
  • Graduate and Professional Students: gpc@apu.edu or (626) 815-4570

The APU community continues to pray for you and those you love during this time. We continue to work diligently on our plan for reopening campuses this fall and will keep the community updated as our plans emerge.

In keeping with federal disclosure requirements, APU posted the June 2021 HEERF II Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting (QBER) Form (PDF). This form reflects the final cumulative expenditures for the Institutional Aid portion of the HEERF II CSA/CRRSAA grant and the MSI grant over the period from when the funds were first awarded through June 30, 2021.

In keeping with federal disclosure requirements, APU posted the June 2021 HEERF III Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting (QBER) Form (PDF). This form reflects the final cumulative expenditures for the Institutional Aid portion of the HEERF III ARP grant over the period from when the funds were first awarded through June 30, 2021.

NOTE: Azusa Pacific University is providing this information to demonstrate compliance with requirements of the CARES Act for institutions receiving allocations from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

CARES Act Reporting Disclosure (April 15, 2021)

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing roughly $14 billion to institutions of higher education. Azusa Pacific University was allotted $5.4 million through section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. APU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form for HEERF funding. Of the $5.4 million, half ($2.7 million) was intended to be used for direct cash grants to students and the other half was allocated to schools to use for institutional support.

As of April 10, 2021, a total of 2,685 students were awarded a total of $2,669,086. Award amounts were determined after analyzing all applications received and determining grant amounts based on student need, the scope of the COVID-19 expenses incurred, and the number of applications received. In order to ensure that funds were widely available to students, award amounts were capped at $2,500. In keeping with federal guidance, the remaining undisbursed CARES amount of $105,142 was awarded along with HEERF II student allocations on March 3, 2021. A total of 106 students were awarded $1,000 each based on a methodology that prioritized students according to federal need.

In keeping with federal disclosure requirements, APU posted the January 2021 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting (QBER) Form (PDF). This form reflected the final cumulative expenditures for the Institutional Aid portion of the CARES act and the MSI grant portion over the period from when the funds were first awarded through September 30, 2020.

NOTE: Azusa Pacific University is providing this information to demonstrate compliance with requirements of the CARES Act for institutions receiving allocations from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting Disclosure (January 8, 2021)

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing roughly $14 billion to institutions of higher education. Azusa Pacific University was allotted $5.4 million through section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. APU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form for HEERF funding. Of the $5.4 million, half ($2.7 million) was intended to be used for direct cash grants to students and the other half was allocated to schools to use for institutional support.

As of January 8, 2021, a total of 2,685 students were awarded a total of $2,669.086. Award amounts were determined after analyzing all applications received and determining grant amounts based on student need, the scope of the COVID-19 expenses incurred, and the number of applications received. In order to ensure that funds were widely available to students, award amounts were capped at $2,500.

Additionally, as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), APU also received a grant of $442,000 under section 18004(a)(2) of the CARES Act. This could be used for either institutional needs or direct students assistance, or a combination of both.

In keeping with federal disclosure requirements, APU is posting the January 2021 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting (QBER) Form (PDF). This form reflects cumulative expenditures for the Institutional Aid portion of the CARES act and the MSI grant portion over the period from when the funds were first awarded through September 30, 2020.

NOTE: Azusa Pacific University is providing this information to demonstrate compliance with requirements of the CARES Act for institutions receiving allocations from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

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