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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) at ISU

[Last Updated: 09/23/2021]


American Rescue Plan (ARP) HEERF III COVID-19 Relief Grants for Students – Fall 2021

Congress recently passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which provides COVID-19 relief grant funding for students enrolled in higher education. This funding under ARP is often referred to as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III). This legislation requires that Idaho State University prioritize grant payments to students with the highest demonstrated need. These funds can be expended on anything related to the cost of attendance or educational expenses, such as daycare, food, housing, medical fees, etc.  On 09/08/2021, the Fall 2021 distribution of ARP HEERF III relief grants went to 8,432 students totaling $11,593,893 (including $11,578,782.50 in HEERF III student portion funding plus $15,110.50 in institutional funding).

The 2021-2022 FAFSA was used to determine student need. HEERF III payments to students varied based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated on the FAFSA and their full-time or part-time status at the time of distribution. Eligible students who did not complete a FAFSA or who did not submit all required documents received only a minimal payment. 

Eligible students met the following requirements: 

  • Must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student for Fall 2021 (cannot be withdrawn) as of the date/time of the grant distribution. 
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as defined by FAFSA.
  • To be considered for an award higher than the minimal award, a valid 2021-2022 FAFSA (all required verification documents submitted, if selected for verification) was required.  Those who met all other criteria, but had not submitted a FAFSA or had an invalid FAFSA or did not submit all required verification documents, were considered for minimal awarding.

ISU is opted to exclude International students, students who received employee/employee spouse/senior citizen discounted tuition benefits, and Early College/Dual Enrollment students.

The highest grant amounts were provided to eligible students who exhibited the highest financial need as determined from their FAFSA. Furthermore, emergency grant award amounts for students who were enrolled less than full-time received a prorated amount. 

Fall 2021 Distribution

Distribution Date: September 8, 2021

Award GroupAward AmountNumber of Recipients
EFC of 0 Enrolled Full-Time $                  2,350.00 1727
EFC of 0 Enrolled Part-Time $                  1,175.00 330
EFC of 1 to 2500 Enrolled Full-Time $                  2,100.00 762
EFC of 1 to 2500 Enrolled Part-Time $                  1,050.00 141
EFC of 2501 to 5846 Enrolled Full-Time $                  1,850.00 703
EFC of 2501 to 5846 Enrolled Part-Time $                     925.00 127
EFC of 5847 to 15000 Enrolled Full-Time $                  1,600.00 941
EFC of 5847 to 15000 Enrolled Part-Time $                     800.00 199
EFC > 15000 or Incomplete/Non-FAFSA Enrolled Full-Time $                     775.00 2445
EFC > 15000 or Incomplete/Non-FAFSA Enrolled Part-Time $                     399.00 1057

Eligible students who chose to have this grant applied to their outstanding ISU balance completed a HEERF III Opt-In Survey which was available on the “Home” tab in BengalWeb through September 7th. Students who opted-in had their funds applied first to any outstanding ISU balance. Excess funds (if any) were then refunded to the student. Students were not required to opt in. For students who did not opt in, the entire grant amount was refunded directly to the student, without being applied toward any outstanding balance.

Students can see their distribution in their BengalWeb on the Student Finances page under My Account for the Fall 2021 semester. There is nothing recipients need to do to accept it. For those who have set up eRefund (direct deposit), grants were processed as such. The rest were processed and mailed via check to the mailing address that appears in the student’s BengalWeb. A separate email notification was sent to each recipient.




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