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October 8, 2021
Northwest Nazarene University OPE ID 142461 received education stabilization funds under Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) HEERF II of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act ("CRRSAA"), Public Law No: 116-260. Additional funds were received under HEERF III of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Public Law No: 117-2. This Fund Report applies to the student portion received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund(s) II & III that are designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.
Northwest Nazarene University was informed of HEERF II eligibility after the HEERF annual report was submitted 2/8/2021. The University was informed of HEERF III eligibility on 5/11/2021. The additional funds for both HEERF II & HEERF III were covered under the existing Certification of Agreement for the CARES Act HEER Funds. Northwest Nazarene University intends to spend, at minimum, the same percentage of funding for emergency financial aid grants to students as was provided with the initial allotment of HEERF for both HEERF II & HEERF III funds.
The institution appreciates that Congress and the President have made these additional critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. We take receipt of these federal funds seriously and are distributing them in accordance with CRRSAA and implementing guidance.
The institution is making the below information available for transparency purposes and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education's ("Department") Electronic Announcement of January 14, 20211. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Dwight Berreth, Interim Director of Financial Aid, at email@example.com.
HEERF II - Letter.pdf
Attachment A: Methodology for payment of emergency financial aid grants under the HEERF II to Students
Northwest Nazarene University's goal when considering how to disperse Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II & III is to prioritize assistance to students with the greatest financial need. Funds will be offered through Standard Block Grants to all Traditional undergraduate students, as well as non-Traditional Undergraduate and Graduate students, with additional funds being paid to students who meet the criteria listed below (data to be pulled in October 2021):
Remaining funds will be distributed to selected students who apply for a Special Consideration Award.
As of this report dated 9/30/2021, $74,800 in HEERF II funds received have been distributed to Northwest Nazarene University Title IV eligible enrolled students through block grants. The remaining HEERF II awards, as well as the additional HEERF III awards will be distributed during the Fall 2021 Semester in a combination of block grants and through a subsequent application process, starting in October 2021.
1 See: https://fsapartners.ed.gov/knowledge-center/library/electronic-announcements/2021-01-14/press-release-us-department-education-quickly-makes-available-more-21-billion-taxpayer-funds-support-continued-education-colleges-universities-ea-id-ope-announcements-21-01