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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 on-site 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.

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.

As a result of Guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, students no longer need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive HEERF. As such we have suspended the requirement of having ISIRs on file. Further, as we have remaining funds, we are opening it up to new to the college students for the Spring 2021 Semester.

As a result of Guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, students no longer need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive HEERF. As such we have suspended the requirement of having ISIRs 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. 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.

As a result of Guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, we may now award non-citizens. At the same time we have entered into a new semester introducing a new population of cititzens and eligible non-citizens who are elgibile. The new guidance instructs use to give them the higher priority.

Now that we have nearly completed processing the first round of students who applied for HEERF II we are identifying the new citizens and eligible non-citizens and sending them the application first as priority. If there are remaining funds we will open it up to the undocumented population.

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.

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.

As a result of Guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, students no longer need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive HEERF. As such we have suspended the requirement of having ISIRs on file. Further, as we have remaining funds, we are opening it up to new to the college students for the Spring 2021 Semester.

As a result of Guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, students no longer need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive HEERF. As such we have suspended the requirement of having ISIRs 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. 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.

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance permitting colleges to award funds to international, DACA, and undocumented students. However, this guidance also requires institutions to continue giving priority to citizens or eligible non-citizens. Additionally, colleges must ensure that the funds are directed to students who have exceptional need.

At this time, the College has a very limited allocation of HEERF II remaining. The College has sent a communication to students who it has reasonably determined may now be eligible to receive this award. This email will contain information on how to apply. An application is required.

Each student will certify and apply for the amount of their eligible expenses; however, the maximum amount per student is $500.00.

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.

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.

As a result of Guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, students no longer need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive HEERF. As such we have suspended the requirement of having ISIRs on file. Further, as we have remaining funds, we are opening it up to new to the college students for the Spring 2021 Semester.

As a result of Guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, students no longer need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive HEERF. As such we have suspended the requirement of having ISIRs 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. 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.

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance permitting colleges to award funds to international, DACA, and undocumented students. However, this guidance also requires institutions to continue giving priority to citizens or eligible non-citizens. Additionally, colleges must ensure that the funds are directed to students who have exceptional need.

At this time, the College has a very limited allocation of HEERF II remaining. The College has sent a communication to students who it has reasonably determined may now be eligible to receive this award. This email will contain information on how to apply. An application is required.

Each student will certify and apply for the amount of their eligible expenses; however, the maximum amount per student is $500.00.

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.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 116-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021. Like HEERF I and II, 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 $1,589,897 in New York and $1,498,286 in New Jersey to provide emergency financial aid grants.

As a result of guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, students no longer need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive HEERF. As such, as we did with HEERF III, we have suspended the requirement of having ISIRs on file. However, we will be awarding HEERF III to only matriculated students currently in attendance. (Fall 2021). Further, we are applying a stratification to these awards.

Based on the regulations HEERF III awards will be distributed as follows:

Students with EFC (Estimated Family Contributions) equal to zero will receive up to $850 (NJ students) and $1,100 (NY students).
Students with EFC great than zero will receive up to up to $650 (NJ students) and $900 (NY students).
Students without FAFSAs (thus no EFC) will be assumed to be either an International or Undocumented student and will receive up to $450 (NJ students) and $700 (NY students).
Award decisions will be made based on the application date and the student’s EFC at that time. There will be no appeals for EFCs that change after the award is made.

As a result of guidance received from the Department of Education on May 11, 2021, students no longer need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive HEERF. As such we have suspended the requirement of filing a FAFSA that would result in having ISIRs on file. However, awards will be determined based on the student’s EFC. Therefore, eligible students are encouraged to file the FAFSA before applying for HEERF III.

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 III allows the student to apply the award directly to an open balance. You will have the opportunity on the HEERF III 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. However, the decision to provide authorization for the college to apply the funds to an open balance is not reversible. Should you have no balance, or the award is greater than your balance, the college will automatically provide the remainder of the award to you as a refund.

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 III regulations require the institution to prioritize students with exceptional need.

Each student will certify and apply for the amount of their eligible expenses; however, the maximum amount per student is contingent on the EFC.

Based on the regulations HEERF III awards will be distributed as follows:

Students with EFC (Estimated Family Contributions) equal to zero will receive up to $850 (NJ Students) and $1,100 (NY Students).
Students with EFC great than zero will receive up to up to $650 (NJ Students) and $900 (NY Students).
Students without FAFSAs (thus no EFC) will be assumed to be either an International or Undocumented Student and will receive up to $450 (NJ Students) and $700 (NY Students).
Award decisions will be made based on the application date and the student’s EFC at that time. There will be no appeals for EFCs that change after the award is made.

Emergency grants will be received via BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. 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 III 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 Federal Pell and Federal Loans we will not be able to assist you with Federal Aid.

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