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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Emergency Financial Aid Grants

Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Institutions of higher education must use at least 50 percent of the funds they receive from the HEERF to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care).

Berkeley College has been allocated $2,298,437.00 in New York and $2,232,129.00 in New Jersey to provide emergency financial aid grants.

There are three general eligibility criteria for these grants: (1) students must have been enrolled in at least one onsite course at Berkeley College during the Winter 2020 semester and remained enrolled through at least March 13, 2020; (2) students must have been matriculated in a certificate or degree program on March 13, 2020; and (3) students must be eligible to receive federal financial aid. Eligible students include undergraduate and graduate students.

Based on the guidance received from the U.S. Department of Education, students must have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and the college must have a valid and clean Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) on file.

Yes. If you meet all the other eligibility criteria and certify that you have eligible expenses, you may receive an emergency grant even if you have current open balances with the college.

Emergency grants require an application and certification of use of funds. The college has identified eligible students based on the criteria established by the Department of Education and will send the application/certification form directly to them. If you think you should be eligible and did not receive the application, contact Financial Aid at studentfinance@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Each student will certify and apply for the amount of their eligible expenses, however, the maximum amount per student is $1,245.00.

Emergency grants will be received via Bankmobile. If you have any questions about BankMobile, please contact saonline@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Application approvals will be made on a rolling basis, as they are received.

Eligible expenses are those related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care). Applicants must certify the amount of their expenses and that they will use the funds appropriately.

We understand that students have significant needs during this time. The HEERF emergency financial aid grants are meant to help meet your financial needs, but we know the grants may not be enough money for some students. If you are having substantial financial difficulties, please reach out to Financial Aid at studentfinance@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Yes, if you did not file a 2019-2020 FAFSA it is too late. However, as stated above, please reach out to Financial Aid if you are having substantial financial difficulties.

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. Like HEERF I Berkeley received funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for coronavirus-related expenses (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care).

Berkeley College has been allocated $2,835,875.00 in New York and $2,662,317.00 in New Jersey to provide emergency financial aid grants.

There are two general eligibility criteria for these grants: (1) students must have been enrolled in at least one course at Berkeley College during the Fall 2020 and/or Winter 2021 semester. (2) students must have a 2020-2021 Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) on file, which would be the result of filing the 2020-2021 FAFSA. The ISIR must document that the student is a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen.

Based on the guidance above, yes. It is not too late to file the 2020-2021 FAFSA.

Yes. If you meet all the other eligibility criteria and certify that you have eligible expenses, you may receive an emergency grant even if you have current open balances with the college. In fact, HEERF II allows the student to apply the award directly to an open balance. You will have the opportunity on the HEERF II Application to choose whether to apply the award towards an open balance and/or to receive it as a refund. This authorization is not required and will not modify your application opportunity.

Emergency grants require an application and certification of use of funds. The college has identified eligible students based on the criteria established by the Department of Education and will send the application/certification form directly to them. If you think you should be eligible and did not receive the application, contact Financial Aid at studentfinance@BerkeleyCollege.edu. Unlike HEERF I, HEERF II regulations require the institution to prioritize students with exceptional need. As such, students with a ZERO EFC (from the ISIR) will have the opportunity to apply first. The College will then release the application to students with higher EFCs and process them simultaneously. If at any time the College is close to running out of funds, ZERO EFC students will again be given first priority ensuring that their applications are awarded.

Each student will certify and apply for the amount of their eligible expenses; however, the maximum amount per student is $1,400.00.

Emergency grants will be received via Bankmobile or will be applied directly to a student’s balance, depending on the student’s preference on the application. If you have any questions about BankMobile, please contact SAOnline@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Application approvals are made on a rolling basis, as they are received.

We understand that students have significant needs during this time. The HEERF II emergency financial aid grants are meant to help meet your financial needs, but we know the grants may not be enough money for some students. If you are having substantial financial difficulties, please reach out to Financial Aid at studentfinance@BerkeleyCollege.edu. If you have further need that can be documented, we may be able to impact your Federal Aid using “Professional Judgement”. Note: If you are already receiving full Pell and Loans we will not be able to assist you with Federal Aid.

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