The U.S. Department of Education has authorized the following Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF):
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I (HEERF I) is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, passed by Congress on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education.
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. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on HEERF I, II, and III, please see the Federal Stimulus page.
2020-07 Temporary Suspension of Regulations Related to Cooperative Work Experience Education to Address the Continuity of Education in Community Colleges During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)
2020-06 Temporary Suspension of Regulations related to Community College District Fiscal Reporting Due Dates to Address the Continuity of Education in Community Colleges During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)
2020-03 Temporary Suspension of Various Specified Regulations Regarding Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Expenditure Restrictions to Address the Continuity of Education During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (PDF)
Since the release of Executive Order 2020-02 and the corresponding ES 20-10 Emergency Grading Policy and Term Extensions Guidance, the California State University and University of California systems have released guidance on allowances they are making to their admissions policies and practices to address the educational disruption of students affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Review their guidance below.