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HEERF II FAQ - CRRSAA

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), was signed in to law on December 27, 2020. CRRSAA provides for education stabilization through emergency funding to institutions of higher education through a second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II). Institutions accepting CRRSAA funding must commit to providing a portion of the funds in the form of financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Butler's minimum required allocation to students is $1,815,966.

To eliminate barriers and provide needed assistance to students as expeditiously as possible, Butler is awarding HEERF II grants through block awards to students. No application is necessary. Award amounts are based on enrollment and financial aid status with Pell eligible students prioritized. 

For additional information regarding HEERF II please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You may also contact the Financial Aid Office by emailing finaid@butlercc.edu.

To view Butler's required reporting and disclosure information, please visit www.butlercc.edu/crrsaa-reporting.

 

Which students are eligible for HEERF II awards?

Institutions are allowed broader eligibility criteria for HEERF II awards as opposed to the criteria identified by the U.S. Department of Education for CARES HEERF I funding. International, DACA, and Undocumented students are not eligible. Institutions must prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell grants.

Butler identifies eligible students as meeting the following criteria:

  • Eligible citizenship status
  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours for the Spring 2021 semester on March 26, 2021

 

How is Butler distributing HEERF II awards?

To eliminate barriers and provide needed assistance as expeditiously as possible, Butler is awarding HEERF II grants through block awards to students. No application is necessary. Award amounts are based on enrollment and financial aid status with Pell eligible students prioritized.

Butler's model identifies 5 categories of award:

  • High School Students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours
  • Students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours with a Pell eligible EFC
  • Students enrolled in 6-11 credit hours with a Pell eligible EFC
  • Students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours with no FAFSA on file or no Pell eligible EFC
  • Students enrolled in 6-11 credit hours with no FAFSA on file or no Pell eligible EFC

Enrollment and financial aid status is as determined on March 26th, 2021. Students enrolled in less than 6 credit hours or not meeting citizenship requirements will not receive an award. Students receiving an award will be notified by email.

 

How do students apply for HEERF II awards?

Students meeting Butler award criteria for HEERF II funds do not need to complete an application nor submit any other paperwork. Butler is awarding HEERF II grants through block awards based on enrollment and financial aid status.

 

What expenses qualify for HEERF II awards?

HEERF II funds can be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Examples of permissible costs include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Health care (including mental health care)
  • Child care

 

Will HEERF II awards be applied to a student's Butler account charges?

Students may use HEERF II funds to reduce or possibly pay in full their account balance by completing an authorization. Students may provide authorization in the following ways:

  1. Log in to the 'Student Account Center' through Pipeline and accept the HEERF disbursement authorization
  2. Check your email for an attached authorization form and return to the Accounts Receivable Office
  3. Sign the authorization form in the Financial Aid or Accounts Receivable Office

Students whose award is in excess of their student account charges will receive a credit balance refund for the difference.

Students not providing authorization will not have the grant applied to their Butler account charges. This may mean the student still has a balance due.

 

Will HEERF II awards be issued by direct deposit?

Yes. Students who do not authorize the award to reduce their student account balance, or whose award is in excess of their student account balance, will receive a credit balance refund. These refunds will be issued through direct deposit. Students may sign-up for direct deposit by selecting the 'My Account' button from their Pipeline page and following the instructions. This is the quickest way for a student to receive their funds.

Students not signed up for direct deposit will have a check mailed via USPS to their address of record.

 

Will students be able to apply for additional HEERF II awards in the future?

HEERF II funds are meant to provide short-term assistance to students. Available funds were exhausted through block awarding and disbursement.

 

Is there any other financial assistance available to students?

The Butler Financial Aid Office is committed to eliminating financial barriers and helping students identify ways to make their education affordable. If you would like information regarding financial aid opportunities, or the financial aid process at Butler, please visit our website at www.butlercc.edu/financial-aid or email finaid@butlercc.edu.

Students who have experienced a change in household income may qualify for an adjustment to their FAFSA, to better reflect their current income situation and ability to pay. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.