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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2021

What is HEERF II?

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) was signed into law, authorizing funding for higher education institutions, as well as funding to be directed to qualifying students, through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

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

The University notified all HEERF II grant recipients of their eligibility on Feb. 16, 2021 via an email containing relevant distribution information. As of February 25, 2021, the University has distributed 3,057 HEERF II grants to students totaling $2,504,296. Qualifying part-time students were awarded $500 HEERF II grants, and qualifying full-time students were awarded $856 HEERF II grants.

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

Monmouth University awarded HEERF II grants to undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional need who were enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester and met all Title IV eligibility requirements, as directed by the U.S. Department of Education. Following this guidance, the University awarded HEERF II 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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and had unmet need after all other need-based aid was considered.

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

As of February 25, 2021, the University has distributed 3,057 HEERF II grants to students totaling $2,504,296. All Pell grant recipients, a total of 1,232 students, received a HEERF II grant.

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

Inquiries may be directed to

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