What is the different between the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) grant and the Student Emergency Assistance Fund?
The HEERF II grant is funded by the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) to provide emergency funds to college students to assist with the expenses related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Allowable expenses include costs for attending college and emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as an outstanding institutional balance, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
The Student Emergency Assistance Fund, is made available through contributions made by donors. Approved amounts are considered an additional financial aid resource for the purpose of packaging financial aid awards. Students must be degree or certificate seeking, in academic good standing, have encountered an unexpected financial hardship, and are in need of assistance with books and supplies through the Owens bookstore, or with non-educational related expenses, such as, mortgage, utilities, personal automobile expenses, public transportation, medical bills, and child care. The use of emergency assistance does not cover assistance with tuition related expenses. For more information about the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, please visit https://www.owens.edu/sfs/emergency/.