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Frequently Asked Questions surrounding CRRSAA funding

Cabrini University is working through the process of distributing the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) funding. This aid, part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II, provides money to colleges and universities to prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19, and a portion of these funds is designated for distribution as emergency student grants. Students can use these grant dollars to cover any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.

What is CRRSAA?

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) provided funding to educational organizations, including institutions of higher education, to prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19.  

As per federal guidelines, a portion of these funds is designated to go directly to students as emergency grants.

Who is eligible to receive money?

To be eligible for CRRSAA funding, students must meet the eligibility requirements:

    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • Enrolled in the spring 2021 semester (students enrolled in fully remote instruction are also eligible)
    • Demonstrate financial need (with additional funding to be awarded to those with exceptional financial need)

In order to determine financial need, Cabrini is requesting an official 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you meet the eligibility requirements and have not filed the FAFSA to date, please do so as soon as possible here.

What is the difference between CRRSAA and CARES?

On March 27, 2020, then-President Trump signed and Congress approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing emergency relief funds to organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of this $2 trillion stimulus package, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund has allocated approximately $14 billion to colleges with the purpose of providing financial relief directly to students with demonstrated need whose lives have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

CRRSAA, signed by then-President Trump on December 27, 2020, provides money to colleges and universities to prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19, and a portion of these funds is designated for distribution as emergency student grants.

Building on the structure of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the CARES Act, the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) has designated these additional higher education support funds under the CRRSAA as HEERF II.

The biggest difference between the two federal funding acts is within the eligibility requirements and guidance on distribution. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, although students are not required to be Pell recipients or eligible for Pell grants in order to receive funding. In addition, the CRRSAA funds may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.

Additionally, students identified to receive CRRSAA funding have the option to apply those dollars directly to their educational goals.

What is the Cabrini’s process for distributing funds?

In order to determine financial need, Cabrini is requesting an official 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen and have not filed the FAFSA to date, please do so as soon as possible here.

An email requesting students complete the FAFSA and with more information on eligibility was distributed by the Financial Aid Office on April 27, 2021.

Students designated to draw CRRSAA funding will receive via email from the Financial Aid Office a link to a form notifying them of their awarded funds. Within that email will be a link to a form that allows students to indicate if they will be using the funds to further their education or if they would like the funds sent directly to them. Cabrini credentials will be required to access this form.

Cabrini is also establishing an application process for those who wish to claim additional financial need. More information on that process will be forthcoming.

How will I receive my money?

Students who will receive CRRSAA funding will receive via email from the Financial Aid Office a link to a form notifying them of their awarded funds. Within that email will be a link to a form that allows students to indicate if they will be using the funds to further their education or if they would like the funds sent directly to them. Cabrini credentials will be required to access this form.

Students can opt to have their allotted funding applied to their Cabrini account or to receive it directly, either via direct deposit (if enrolled) or via mail. Those not enrolled in direct deposit will receive a check at the home address on file in Cabrini’s database.

To expedite the process of obtaining this grant funding, we strongly encourage students to enroll in direct deposit by logging in to the Cabrini Portal, selecting the Student Tab, eBill/Payment, and clicking Electronic Refunds.

How can I enroll in direct deposit?

To expedite the process of obtaining grant funding, we strongly encourage students to enroll in direct deposit by logging in to the Cabrini Portal, selecting the Student Tab, eBill/Payment, and clicking Electronic Refunds.

I owe the University money; will I still receive CRRSAA funding?

Yes. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, including demonstrated financial need, you will receive CRRSAA funding. You can choose to apply these funds toward continuing your educational efforts at Cabrini, or you can have them sent to you directly. These federal funds are provided to students to mitigate the financial burdens imposed by COVID-19.

I feel I am eligible for CRRSAA funding, but I did not receive it. What should I do?

If you filed the 2020-2021 FAFSA with Cabrini University and all required documents have been submitted, please send an email to funding@cabrini.edu with your name and Cabrini ID number. 

How can I apply for additional funding?

As mentioned, Cabrini is establishing an application process for those who wish to claim additional financial need. More information on that process will be forthcoming.

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