CRRSAA Funds for Students

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

To: University Community
From: Kevin Dyerly, Vice President of Finance, and Emily Baker, Senior Director of Student Financial and Military and Veteran Services
Date: March 2, 2021

We are pleased to announce that University of Redlands has received funding to assist students through the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.  We are writing today to provide guidance on the use of these funds and how students can request support.

CRRSAA specifies that a portion of the disbursed funds should be used to assist students with “emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.” Legislation limits eligibility for funds only to students eligible to receive federal financial aid, excluding assistance to non-U.S. citizens.  However, just as we did with CARES Act, the University will use its own funds to pay the same level of aid to all eligible students as outlined below.

CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students.  Eligible expenses for CRRSAA funding include tuition, technology, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare. In order to honor these requirements and provide support to our students, we have established a quick application process for students to request CRRSAA funding. 

If you are a student experiencing financial hardship caused by coronavirus, please consider submitting an application for funding at www.redlands.edu/crrsaa.

For any questions or concerns regarding your financial aid, student account, or CRRSAA funding, please contact Student Financial Services at SFS@redlands.edu or 909-748-8047.

CRRSAA FAQs

 

What is CRRSAA?

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. CRRSAA authorized a second round of Higher Education Relief Funds for educational institutions. Each institution of higher education was provided a unique allocation of funding for its students. Guidance directly from the Department of Education can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/crrsaa.html.

When will CRRSAA funds be available?

CRRSAA funds are available now through our application process.  To be considered for CRRSAA funding, students may complete the online application for funding at the link above.  Students who submit an eligible application will be notified within three weeks of the application date.

Who is eligible for CRRSAA funding?

Legislation limits eligibility for funds only to students eligible to receive federal financial aid, excluding assistance to non-U.S. citizens.  However, just as we did with CARES Act, the University will use its own funds to pay the same level of aid to all eligible students as outlined below.

CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students.  Eligible expenses for CRRSAA funding include tuition, technology, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. In order to honor these requirements and provide support to our students, we have established a quick application process for students to request CRRSAA funding.

What are eligible expenses for CRRSAA funding?

CRRSAA funds can be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.  Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health care), and child care.

Who will be given CRRSAA funding?

All students who apply for assistance through the CRRSAA Emergency Fund Application will be reviewed for funding eligibility.  CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students.