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Education Department Provides New Guidance on the Use of HEERF II Funds

Today, March 19, 2021, the United States Education Department (ED) announced new guidance regarding the use of funds received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) grant programs through the duration of the pandemic.

The guidance we have all been waiting for addresses changes in the Department’s prior position, which previously only allowed funds received under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) to be used for costs incurred on or after December 27, 2020, the date the CRRSAA was enacted.

Grantees will now have the flexibility to charge costs back to March 13, 2020, the date the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency.

ED also provided guidance and examples to help institutions better understand the scope of reimbursing, calculating, and reporting for lost revenue under the HEERF grant programs.

The latest guidance and examples are available on the ED website:

CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

New HEERF Guidance on expenses through the pandemic and calculating lost revenue

We will provide additional updates as they become available. Please contact us with questions.

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