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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Required Reporting

This page includes required reporting information for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSA Act (HEERF II), and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) (HEERF III).

CARES Act (HEERF I)

The University at Buffalo acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The University at Buffalo has received or will receive $11,976,450 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The University at Buffalo has determined 14,838 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Required Reporting

30 Day Report (July 3, 2020)

    • The University at Buffalo has distributed $6,471,004.29 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 3, 2020.
    • 8,994 (unduplicated) students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 3, 2020.

45 Day Report (Aug. 14, 2020)

    • The University at Buffalo has distributed $7,273,837.58 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of Aug. 14, 2020.
    • 9,998 (unduplicated) students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of Aug. 14, 2020.
    • Since our prior reporting date of July 3, 2020 through Aug. 14, 1,054 students received a HEERF Grant totaling $802,833.29.

Quarterly Report (Sept. 30, 2020)

    • The University at Buffalo has distributed $7,561,446.58 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of September 30, 2020.
    • 10,154 (unduplicated) students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of September 30, 2020.
    • Since our prior reporting date of Aug. 14, 2020 through Sept. 30, 262 students received a HEERF Grant totaling $287,609.00.

Quarterly Report (December 31, 2020)

  • The University at Buffalo has distributed $11,278,443.58 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of December 31, 2020.
  • 13,338 (unduplicated) students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of December 31, 2020.
  • Since our prior reporting date of Sept. 30, 2020 through Dec. 31, 9,069 students received a HEERF Grant totaling $3,716,997.00.

The reported disbursements may include redistributions of unclaimed emergency grants previously reported.

Quarterly Report (March 31, 2021)

  • The University at Buffalo has distributed $11,976,450.00 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of March 31, 2021.
  • 20,269 (unduplicated) students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of March 31, 2021.
  • Since our prior reporting date of Dec. 31, 2020 through March 31, 6,802 students received a HEERF Grant totaling $698,006.42.

The reported disbursements may include redistributions of unclaimed emergency grants previously reported.

Funds from the student portion of the CARES Act HEERF Grant program (HEERF I) have been exhausted as of this report. This will be the final report for the HEERF I program.

CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditures Report – Institutional Portion. (PDF)

Funds from the institutional portion of the CARES Act HEERF Grant program (HEERF I)were exhausted as of this report. This will be the final institutional portion quarterly report for the HEERF I program.

CRRSA Act (HEERF II)

The University at Buffalo 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.

The University at Buffalo signed and returned to the Education Department a Certification and Agreement as required under the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. We acknowledge that by drawing down the CRRSAA funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the CRRSAA Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these funds to provide emergency aid grants to students.

The University at Buffalo has received or will receive $11,976,450 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSA Act.

The University at Buffalo has determined 30,380 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Required Reporting

Quarterly Report (March 31, 2021)

  • The University at Buffalo had not received HEERF II funds as of the March 31, 2021 reporting date.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II & III – Institutional Portion (PDF)

Quarterly Report (June 30, 2021)

  • The University at Buffalo has distributed $11,727,809.13 to students under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act as of June 30, 2021.
  • 10,554 (unduplicated) students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act as of June 30, 2021.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II & III – Institutional Portion (PDF)

Funds from the institutional portion of the CRRSAA HEERF Grant program (HEERF II) were exhausted as of this report. This will be the final institutional portion quarterly report for the HEERF II program.

Quarterly Report (September 30, 2021)

  • The University at Buffalo has distributed $11,748,364.13 to students under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act as of September 30, 2021.
  • 10,554 (unduplicated) students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act as of September 30, 2021.
  • Since our prior reporting date of June 30, 2021 through September 30, 19 students received a HEERF Grant totaling $20,555.00.

The reported disbursements may include redistributions of unclaimed emergency grants previously reported.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) (HEERF III)

The University at Buffalo received Student Aid funding under  section 2003(7) of the ARP. This program, with some changes, provides supplemental funds to the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program.

The University at Buffalo signed and returned to the Education Department a Certification and Agreement as required under the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. We acknowledge that by drawing down the ARP funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the ARP Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these funds to provide emergency aid grants to students.

The University at Buffalo has received or will receive $31,743,000 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the ARP.

The University at Buffalo has determined 30,380 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Distribution of emergency grants allocated under the ARP will begin in October 2021.

Application and Awarding

The University at Buffalo has prioritized awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner (methodology).

    • HEERF I – The University at Buffalo auto-awarded HEERF I grants to students identified as high-need based on an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $16,000 or less based on information provided in the FAFSA or participation in a high-need program. The university awarded HEERF I funds to Title IV-eligible undergraduate and graduate students in accordance with our campus population.
    • HEERF II – The University at Buffalo auto-awarded HEERF II grants to students identified as high-need based on an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,711 or less based on information provided in the FAFSA or participation in a high-need program.
    • HEERF III – The University at Buffalo auto-awarded HEERF III grants to students identified as high-need based on an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $14,615 or less based on information provided in the FAFSA.
    • Auto-awarded students had the opportunity to accept, reduce or decline funds. Students were invited to apply for additional funding if the expenses they incurred due to COVID-19 exceeded the grant they were awarded.
    • An application for funding was made available for potentially eligible students who were not automatically awarded a HEERF I or II grant. Applications and supporting documentation are carefully reviewed by the university. Eligibility guidelines are available under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) section of UB’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
    • Application dates and deadlines:
          • Spring 2020: Application opened on June 11, 2020. Deadline to apply was July 5, 2020.
          • Summer 2020: Application opened on July 10, 2020. Deadline to apply was Aug. 14, 2020.
          • Fall 2020: Application opened on Sept. 7, 2020. Deadline to apply was Dec. 7, 2020.
          • Spring 2021: Application opened on Feb. 17, 2021. Deadline to apply was April 16, 2021.
          • Fall 2021: Application opened on Oct. 14, 2021. Deadline to apply is Dec. 10, 2021

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students received awards ranging from $167 to $4000.

    • Students who were automatically awarded a HEERFI, HEERF II or HEERF III grant received an email notifying them of the award availability with instructions to accept, reduce or decline the funding.
    • Students who were not automatically awarded a HEERF I grant received an email notifying them of the opportunity to apply for emergency funding. The email contained a link to the HEERF grant application and instructions. Applicants are asked to provide documentation of their expenses and to certify their agreement to the terms and conditions of the grant. Subsequent application periods for HEERF I and HEERF II funds were added to this webpage and UB Scholarship Portal. Additional information on how to apply for HEERF funds was added to the Student Accounts eBill notifications and UB’s Emergency Funds webpage.
    • View the HEERF grant application.
    • Read the HEERF grant certification language.

 

Per federal regulation, the information reported on this website will be updated quarterly. The information reported above reflects all activity through June 30, 2021.

Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.