CRRSAA Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

Congress authorized a second round of emergency grant funding for college students in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) that was signed into federal law on December 27, 2020.  The grants have been established to prioritize Pell-eligible students, who have the highest financial need.  Emergency grants do not have to be paid back and can be used for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus or any component of the student's cost of attendance, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.  Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES has been awarded $181,423 designated for emergency grants for Practical Nursing students.

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES received student aid funding under the CRRSAA section 314(a)(1) program.  This program, with some changes, provides supplemental funds to the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program.  Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES signed and returned to the Department of Education, a Certification and Agreement as required under the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program.  We acknowledge that by drawing down the CRRSAA Student Aid funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the CRRSAA Student Aid Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these Student Aid Funds to provide emergency aid grants to students.

Eligibility

All practical nursing students enrolled for the 2020-21 school year are eligible to receive an emergency grant.

Determination of Awards

92% of the CRRSAA student emergency grant funds are designated for Pell-eligible students.  The amount of the student emergency grant was based on the student's expected family contribution from their 2020-21 FAFSA.  37 students were identified as Pell-eligible with the maximum award amount being $4,790.

8% of the CRRSAA student emergency grant funds are designated non-Pell eligible students.  The remaining grant fund amount was awarded to 13 students with the award amount being $1,382.