The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II and HEERF III) are authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020 and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Public Law 117- 2, signed into law on March 11, 2021. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion, and ARP authorizes $39.6 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.
UTS has been allocated $2,241,351 under CRRSAA and $5,795,405 Under ARP to be used as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, as of 08/01/2021 UTS has distributed $2,241,351 from CRRSAA and $307,049 from ARP
The method used by UTS to prioritize students with exceptional need was based on the following criteria: Pell Grant recipients were prioritized and were the first students to receive CRRSAA and ARP Grant. All PELL recipients received a check of the amount of $200, after all PELL recipients received payments UTS has awarded all its undergraduate students including pell recipients with the amount of $1,000
The following instruction has been sent to students with the checks
We are pleased to inform you that you have been awarded a grant under The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund which is part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Which provides emergency financial assistance to eligible students who are experiencing hardship that could adversely affect their educational success.
Enclosed please find your check, which may be used for the following expenses.
1. Any component of your cost of attendance at UTS
2. Other emergency costs that have arisen due to the coronavirus such as, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare) and childcare.
As per recent guidance from the IRS this grant is NOT TAXABLE.