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American Rescue Plan HEERF III Grants
Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: Monday, Aug. 30, 2021

What is HEERF III?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When and how will Monmouth University distribute HEERF III grants to students?

The University notified all HEERF III grant recipients of their eligibility on July 26, 2021 via an email containing relevant distribution information. A total of 2,719 students were eligible under the HEERF III guidance. As of August 2, 2021, the University has distributed 2,719 HEERF III grants to students totaling $5,495,750. Qualifying Pell-eligible part-time students were awarded $1250 HEERF III grants, and qualifying Pell-eligible full-time students were awarded $2500 HEERF III grants. Full-time undergraduate students who are not Pell-eligible but who have unmet need were awarded $1500 HEERF III grants, while part-time undergraduate students who are not Pell-eligible but have unmet need were awarded $750 HEERF III grants. Grant funds were disbursed directly to students either by paper check or by direct deposit to any banking institution so designated by the student.

What criteria did the University use to determine eligibility for HEERF III grants?

Monmouth University awarded HEERF III grants to undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional need who were enrolled on a full- or part-time basis for the Fall 2021 semester and completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application, and met all Title IV eligibility requirements, as directed by the U.S. Department of Education. Following this guidance, the University awarded HEERF III grants to students meeting the following criteria:

  • All Pell grant recipients, regardless of their level of unmet need;
  • All master’s level graduate students whose expected family contribution would have qualified them for a Pell grant if they were an undergraduate (graduate students are not eligible for Pell grants); and
  • All undergraduates who filed a FAFSA or New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application and had unmet need after all other need-based aid was considered.

How many HEERF III grants has the University awarded and how many of those grants went to Pell-eligible students?

As of August 2, 2021, the University has distributed 2,719 HEERF III grants to students totaling $5,495,750. All Pell grant recipients, a total of 1126 students, received a HEERF III grant.

Whom may I contact with additional questions about HEERF II funding?

Inquiries may be directed to CARESAct@monmouth.edu