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HEERF III Reporting

The Federal Emergency Grants for Fall 2021
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) signed and returned the Certification & Agreement with the Department of Education to accept allocated funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2. The ARP established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds help eligible Caltech students cover expenses related to college costs such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or any other needs related to an emergency situation.

Federal Emergency Aid Grant Reporting
As of January 10, 2022, Caltech received $1,136,791 for students to fund the Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The estimated number of undergraduate students potentially eligible to be considered to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants in Fall Quarter 2021 was 987, which was the total number of undergraduate students enrolled fall term at census date. As of January 10, 2022, $528,000 in HEER funds has been disbursed to 132 unduplicated students.

Federal Emergency Aid Grant Criteria and Eligibility
In the first round of funding, per Department of Education guidance, Caltech prioritized undergraduate students with exceptional need. Students received an email notifying them they were eligible for and would be receiving a HEERF grant in the amount of $4,000. In the email communication students were given instructions on how to claim the funds.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF III Institutional Portion

January 10, 2022 Reporting

HEERF III Press Release

HEERF Grants

Caltech was awarded $2,273,581 in HEERF III funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021. Half of this allocation, $1,136,791, is to be used to award emergency financial aid grants to students.

Students can use these emergency grants for any component of their 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. Students determine how they may use their funds within the allowable uses.

Additional Information
U.S. Department of Education: American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)
IRS: Higher Education Emergency Grants Frequently Asked Questions


Who will receive a HEERF grant?
Domestic undergraduate students on financial aid enrolled during academic year 2021-2022.

How do I request a HEERF grant?
If you are eligible for a HEERF grant you will be sent an email with instructions on how to apply for these funds.

If I am not on financial aid, can I receive a HEERF grant?
No, per the Department of Education guidance, Caltech must ensure domestic undergraduate students with exceptional need are prioritized in the allocation of these funds.

Do HEERF need to be repaid?
No, these are federal grants that do not need to be repaid.

Are HEERF grants considered taxable income?
No. Emergency financial aid grants made by a federal agency to a student because of an event related to the COVID-19 national emergency are not included in the student's gross income. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bulletin Emergency aid granted to students due to COVID is not taxable (March 30, 2021).

Will receiving a HEERF grant affect my financial aid offer?
No, HEERF grants are not financial aid and will not reduce your aid eligibility. In addition, they will not be counted as income when calculating your family's expected contribution.