CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act provides funding to colleges and universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). To comply with reporting requirements, University of San Francisco is providing information about the use of these funds. 

Quarterly public reporting forms for (a)(1) Institutional Portion and (a)(2) Funds can be found below:

On April 25, 2020, University of San Francisco signed and returned to the Department of Education the Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act and intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act As of march 31, 2021 AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2020 As of September 30, 2020 as of July 2, 2020 As of May 22, 2020
Total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students $3,646,944 $3,646,944 $3,646,944 $3,646,944 $3,646,944
Total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act $3,645,694 $3,572,500 $3,351,000 $3,351,000 $3,134,500
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 11,965 9,860 9,112 9,112 9,112
Total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act 3,304 3,095 3,060 3,060 2,833


USF used the following method to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

The grant amount each student received is based on Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) as currently reflected on 2019-2020 aid application.

Undergraduate

Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) Grant amount
$0 - $4,999 $1,500
$5,000 - $9,999 $1,000
$10,000 - $15,000 $500

Graduate

Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) Grant amount
$0 $500

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows:

USF has received $3.6 million in federal emergency funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide financial assistance to our students. These one-time grant funds can be used to help cover any direct educational expense, such as books or computers, or other related costs, including housing, health care, food, or child care expenses during this pandemic.

You are one of more than 3,000 USF undergraduate and graduate students eligible to receive this grant aid based on your financial need. Each student’s grant will range from $500 to $1,500, depending on your level of financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To receive your grant, please complete the opt-in certification that has been added to your Student Hub Task Center by May 18. Once you’ve completed this certification, you will receive an email confirming your grant amount and next steps to receive the funds.

Take Action in the Student Hub

If you have any questions, please reach out to mbeseda@usfca.edu.

Sincerely,

Michael Beseda
Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management

CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. The act provides funding to colleges and universities of which 50% of the funds will be provided to students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

USF used the following method to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they receive under Section 314 (a)(1) of CRRSAA:

The grant amount each student received is based on current enrollment status and on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as currently reflected on the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Undergraduate

Enrollment ExpectedFamily Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
12+ $0 $1,500
7 to 11 $0 $1,000
6 or less $0 $500
Enrollment Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
12+ $1 - $5500 $1,000
7 to 11 $1 - $5500 $750
6 or less $1 - $5500 $500
Enrollment Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
12+ $5,501 - $10,000 $750
7 to 11 $5,501 - $10,000 $500
6 or less $5,501 - $10,000 $500
Enrollment Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
12+ $10,001 - $15,000 $500
7 to 11 $10,001 - $15,000 $500
6 or less $10,001 - $15,000 $500

Graduate

Enrollment ExpectedFamily Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
6+ $0 $1,500
5 or less $0 $1,000
Enrollment ExpectedFamily Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
6+ $1 - $5,500 $1,000
5 or less $1 - $5,500 $500
Enrollment ExpectedFamily Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
6+ $5,501 - $10,000 $750
5 or less $5,501 - $10,000 $500
Enrollment ExpectedFamily Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
6+ $10,001 -  $15,000 $500
5 or less $10,001 - $15,000 $500

Instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows:

STUDENTS THAT HAVE A BALANCE

USF has received federal emergency funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to provide financial assistance to our students. These one-time grant funds can be used to help cover any direct educational expenses, such as tuition, books or computers, or other related costs, including housing, health care, food, or child care expenses during this pandemic.

You are one of more than 3,300 USF undergraduate and graduate students eligible to receive this grant aid based on your financial need. Each student’s grant will range from $500 to $1,500, depending on your level of financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You currently have a balance due on your student account; you may choose to use these funds to pay that balance. To accept and direct these funds, please go to the Student Hub Task Center by April 22. Once you've completed the opt-in certification, you will receive an email confirming your actions and next steps. If your grant exceeds your balance due, the remaining money will be refunded to you.

Take Action in the Student Hub

If you have any questions, please reach out to financialaid@usfca.edu.

Sincerely,

Angelika Williams

Assistant Vice Provost, Student Financial Services

STUDENTS THAT DON’T HAVE A BALANCE

USF has received federal emergency funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to provide financial assistance to our students. These one-time grant funds can be used to help cover any direct educational expenses, such as tuition, books or computers, or other related costs, including housing, health care, food, or child care expenses during this pandemic.

You are one of more than 3,300 USF undergraduate and graduate students eligible to receive this grant aid based on your financial need. Each student’s grant will range from $500 to $1,500, depending on your level of financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

These funds will be issued to you by direct deposit. If you have not set up direct deposit, please follow these instructions. Otherwise, the refund will be mailed to you by check. These funds will be issued within 14 days.

If you have any questions, please reach out to financialaid@usfca.edu.

Sincerely,

Angelika Williams

Assistant Vice Provost, Student Financial Services