HEERF/CRRSAA and ARP Grant Programs - Student Portion

Reported as of June 30, 2021

Long Island University has received funding from the federal government for a grant under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  

Section 314(d)(5) of CRRSAA requires that an institution receiving funding under section 314(a)(1) provide the same amount in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Student Aid Portion award. The ARP, with some changes, is a continuation of the CRRSAA programs. Under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs, student portion funds must be used to provide financial aid grants to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education) which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. In making financial aid grants to students, an institution of higher education must prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants.

The Certification and Agreements for the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) funds provide that each institution applying for HEERF funds must promptly and timely provide a detailed accounting of the use and expenditure of the funds in such manner and with such frequency as the Secretary may require. The following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public and must be updated no later than 10 days after the end of each calendar quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30) thereafter.

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Long Island University has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement.

Long Island University has distributed emergency financial aid grants to students, and intends to use the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
  • CRRSAA: $3,503,913
  • ARP: $10,905,277
  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).
  • CRRSAA: $4,662,101
  • ARP: $0
  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
  • 7,289 undergraduate and graduate students
  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.
  • CRRSAA: 3,469
  • ARP: 0
  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

The Department of Education has given colleges and universities discretion to determine how this emergency assistance will be disbursed to eligible students. In accordance with the directive from the Secretary, institutions are to prioritize funding for those students with the greatest need, while distributing grants as widely as possible for maximum impact. The University’s rubric for distributing grants to eligible students is as follows:

  1. Targeted communications to all eligible students directing them to an online application for emergency financial assistance grants
  2. Three-week application process, with required student certification of compliance and consent whether awards can be applied to student account balances
  3. Undergraduate full-time Pell eligible students ($0 Expected Family Contribution) - $2,500 Grant
  4. Undergraduate full-time Pell eligible students (˃$0 Expected Family Contribution) - $1,250 Grant
  5. Undergraduate full-time Non-Pell eligible students with FAFSA - $1,000 Grant
  6. Graduate full-time with FAFSA - $250 Grant
  7. Additional grants for undergraduate full-time students with past due balances and FAFSA based on professional judgement:
    • Pell eligible ($0 Expected Family Contribution) – half the remaining balance due, up to $10,000
    • Pell eligible (˃$0 Expected Family Contribution) – half the remaining balance due, up to $5,000
    • Non-Pell eligible – half the remaining balance due, up to $2,500

As of July 1, 2021, the University completed the process of evaluating applications of eligible students, including undergraduate and graduate students, and has disbursed all CRRSAA funds received. 

The University is now in the process of planning for the disbursement of ARP funds next.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  2. Targeted communications to eligible students regarding the availability of CRRSAA and ARP Act Funding, with an invitation to apply for emergency student financial aid grants.
  3. On-line application process with required certification of compliance and consent whether to apply funds to student account balances.
  4. Request to contact LIU Enrollment Services with questions or concerns.
We thank you in advance as we continue to assist our students. We will publish more information as it becomes available and in accordance with any and all required disclosures.

HEERF/CRRSAA and ARP Grant Programs - Institutional Portion

HEERF/CARES Act Grant Program - Student Portion

Final Report as of June 30, 2020


Long Island University has received funding from the federal government for a grant under the CARES Act as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement required under the CARES Act with its assurance that the University will use no less than 50% of the CARES Act funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Funding under the CARES Act is required to be distributed as emergency grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). 

The Certification and Agreement directs each institution to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) and every forty-five (45) days thereafter that provides the following information:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.

    Long Island University has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement.

    Long Island University has distributed emergency financial aid grants to students, and 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.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

  • $3,503,913
  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of July 12, 2020 (i.e., as of the first 45-day Report).

  • $3,591,301
  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution 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.

  •  9,074 undergraduate and graduate students 
  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, through July 12, 2020.

  • 1,740 undergraduate students
  • 207 graduate students
  • Emergency financial aid grants have/will not be applied against existing account balances and were sent as checks to each student’s address on record.
  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

    In accordance with federal requirements, only students who are Title IV eligible (those who are eligible for federal student financial aid) have an opportunity to receive a grant. Grants will not be awarded to non-Title IV eligible students, including international students, students in attendance for less than six credits, students who are not in pursuit of a degree or approved certificate program, or students enrolled in a fully online program prior to March 13 and therefore not impacted by the disruption to campus operations. Additionally, Long Island University employees (except those hired as student workers) are ineligible to receive a CARES Act grant.

    The Department of Education has given colleges and universities discretion to determine how this emergency assistance will be disbursed to eligible students. In accordance with the directive from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, institutions are to prioritize funding for those students with the greatest need, while distributing grants as widely as possible for maximum impact. The University’s rubric for distributing grants to eligible students is as follows:

    • Targeted communications to all eligible students directing them to an online application for emergency financial assistance grants
    • Three-week application process, with required student Certification of Compliance
    • Undergraduate Pell eligible students ($0 Expected Family Contribution)- Up to $4,000 Grant
    • Undergraduate Pell eligible students (˃$0 Expected Family Contribution)- Up to $2,000 Grant
    • Undergraduate Non-Pell eligible students- Up to $1,000 Grant
    • Graduate ($0 Expected Family Contribution)- Up to $1,000 Grant

    As of June 30, 2020, the University completed the process of evaluating applications of eligible students, including undergraduate and graduate students, and has awarded all funds received.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    • Targeted communications to eligible students regarding the availability of CARES Act Funding, with an invitation to apply for emergency student financial aid grants.
    • On-line application process with required Certification of Compliance.
    • Request to contact LIU Enrollment Services with questions or concerns.

We thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to assist our students while working remotely. We will publish more information as it becomes available and in accordance with any and all required disclosures.

HEERF/CARES Act Grant Program - Institutional Portion