Coronavirus Relief & Response Supplemental Appropriation


The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260) provided the U.S. Department of Education $81.88 billion in support for education. In January 2021 Eastern Michigan University received a formula-based allotment of $23.28 million under Section 314(a)(1) of CRRSAA funds from the U.S. Department of Education (Department).  The legislative requirements of CRRSAA require that EMU use $6.89 million of this funding for student emergency relief.

Student Emergency Relief Funds

Eastern Michigan University will make Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) funds under the CRRSAA available to students in two ways.  1) EMU will continue providing direct grants-in-aid to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the eligibility criteria established for HEERF Student Emergency Relief under the CARES Act[1]; and 2) EMU, on a case-by-case basis, will make funds available by application to any student who has a completed 2020-2021 FAFSA on file with the University.

  • Continuation of financial aid grants: EMU expects to distribute $6.14 million of its HEERF Student Emergency Relief Funds under the CRRSAA to eligible students on or about April 6, 2021. These funds will be automatically distributed to eligible students to support any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.  These costs include things, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.

Unlike with the CARES Act funding, students will have an opportunity to direct the University to apply the financial aid grant to their student account or their BankMobile card. Communication about exercising this option will be provided to students in advance of the disbursement.

  • EMU will award $750,000 of its CRRSAA Student Emergency Relief Funds by application to students for COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grants for Winter 2021 funding or Summer 2021. Any student who has a FAFSA on file is eligible to apply.  Award amounts will vary based on financial need as determined by the applicants’ 2020-2021 FAFSA and other circumstances related to the request for funds. Other circumstances could include but are not limited to tuition, technology expenses, loss of employment, childcare, etc. If your application is approved, funds will be disbursed the week of April 12, 2021.

The application process opened on March 29, 2021. Due to the large number of applications that were submitted, the application window is closed until further notice. Please continue to monitor your University email account for updates regarding this funding opportunity and future opportunities available to students.


[1] With its HEERF Student Relief Funds under the CARES Act, EMU provided grants-in-aid to students who: 1) receive a federal Pell Grant, or 2) did not receive a federal Pell grant and demonstrate unmet financial need of $1,000 or more based on EMU's federal cost of attendance and the expected family contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other forms of financial aid, including loans. Graduate students who receive an unsubsidized federal student loan will also be considered for funding.