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HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF) 2021 – GENERAL INFORMATION

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Profession Statement (RMU)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II:

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) bill was passed into law and signed. The CRRSAA Act is a stimulus bill which provided $23 billion for higher education institutions and students HEERF model established under the CARES Act, hence it is called HEERF II.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU) was given an allocation of $309,036, pursuant to Section 314 (a)(4). The CRRSAA requires that proprietary institutions receiving the funds under this section must use all their grant funds to provide financial aid to students, prioritizing students with exceptional need because of the pandemic. The emergency grant is to be awarded to students who may be experiencing financial hardships because of the pandemic. The grant may be used to ease the financial burdens of students related to tuition, food, housing, health care, including mental health needs, and childcare.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021 (or HEERF III):

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) was passed into law and signed. This represents the third stream of funding appropriated in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Hence, it is labeled as HEERF III.

The ARP Act appropriated $39.6 billion, of which $396 million were appropriated for proprietary institutions as defined in section 102(b) of the HEA, to be used ONLY for emergency financial aid grant to students.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU), who received (a)(4) funding under CRRSAA-HEERF II, was included on the ARP(a)(4) allocation table and was given an allocation of $197,311.00.

Combined allocation from HEERF II and HEERF III totaled to $506,347.00. These allocations were made available on:

  • HEERF II – $309,036.00, March 29,2021
  • HEERF III – $197,311.00. July 27, 2021

Eligible Students:

The CRRSAA requires that the emergency grants help students who are most in need. Students must meet the criteria of “exceptional financial need”, or have significant unexpected expenses such as loss of employment for themselves or a household member, reduced income, or food and housing insecurity.

Eligible students are those who were enrolled on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency due to coronavirus (85 CFR 15337), regardless of whether they completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or are eligible for Title IV.

In awarding the emergency financial aid grants, RMU determines selection of students based on:

  1. Students with exceptional need. This would include those who are experiencing significant unexpected expenses, loss of employment for themselves or a household member, reduced income, or food and housing insecurity.
  2. Emergency cost that arise due to corona virus such as health care, including mental health care, and/or child care.
  3. Cost of attendance, such as tuition, food, and housing.

The estimated number of students at RMU eligible to participate and receive HEERF emergency financial aid grant is about 1,200.

Eligible Students May Use their Emergency Financial Aid Grant Maybe Used for:

  • Any component of the cost of attendance, such as tuition, food, and housing.
  • Emergency cost that arise due to coronavirus such as health care, including
    mental health care, and/or childcare.

Impact of the Emergency Financial Aid Grant to Title IV Eligibility:

The HEERF student aid grant shall not be considered as part of expected financial assistance (EFA) for cost of attendance purposes. Likewise, these grants are not considered taxable and are not reported on IRS Form 1098-T.

Notification to Students:

RMU notifies eligible students about the availability of student grants via email with instructions on how to apply for the emergency financial aid grant and on how to claim the grant, using the student’s RMU gmail account.

The grants are disbursed through direct deposit.

Financial Aid is intended to help with your education-related expenses. It is not intended to meet the total cost of your living expenses but is designed to supplement them.

FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS

Most of RMUoHP’s graduate programs are eligible for Federal Direct Student Loans. Eligibility for federally-funded financial aid is established by the US Department of Education.

PRIVATE STUDENT LOANS

Alternative student loans are privately funded loans that are NOT part of the federal student loan program. They are offered by credit unions and third-party lending institutions.

SCHOLARSHIPS

RMUoHP offers internal scholarships. We recommend you apply to any for which you are eligible. Our financial aid office is also available to help you search for external scholarships.

VA BENEFITS

We care about our veterans. Our financial aid office can help you understand and connect you with any available resources for veterans.

FINANCIAL AID TEAM MISSION

The Financial Aid Office at RMUoHP strives to provide the highest quality service to graduate and professional students in pursuit of their academic goals. We serve as the primary advocate for students and families, assisting them in securing necessary financial resources. We will utilize our expert knowledge to update our technologies, streamline processes, maintain full compliance with Federal mandates, and effectively manage financial aid resources. We are committed to providing exemplary service to our students, families, the University community, and the community at large. Our philosophy is service.

FINANCIAL AID TEAM MISSION

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Financial Aid Director

 
 
 
 

Alex Jackson

Financial Aid Services Manager

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Krista McEntire

Financial Aid Advisor

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Jeffrey Albee

SIS Specialist

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Leslie Garcia

Scholarships/Grants Coordinator

Josefina Sechtem

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

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Cares Act Information 2020

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What is the federal CARES Act?

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The act provides financial compensation and support to multiple layers of the U.S. economy, including businesses, individuals, unemployment benefits, and education.

How much money will RMUoHP receive?

The CARES Act allocated nearly $14 billion to support colleges and universities around the country. RMUoHP will receive $223,276. The Department of Education guidelines require at least 50% of received funds be used to provide emergency cash grants for students. RMUoHP intends to use 100% of the funds for emergency aid for students.

Why is RMUoHP receiving these funds?

Funds have been provided to support students who have demonstrated financial need and experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why does every school receive a different amount? What factors were considered by the Department of Education?

The Department of Education awarded funds based on a formula prescribed in the CARES Act that is weighted significantly by the number of full-time students who are Pell-eligible, but also takes into consideration the total population of the school, and the number of students who were not enrolled online on a full-time basis before the coronavirus outbreak.

What direction did RMUoHP receive in determining how to allocate the funds?

The Department of Education provided guidance on how to use a portion of the funds “to provide cash grants to students for expenses related to disruptions to their educations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare.”

How did RMUoHP determine where to use the funds?

Immediately following the passage of the CARES Act, the Financial Aid Office reviewed legislation and made a recommendation for the delivery of the funds to students. RMUoHP leadership designated a Student Relief Fund committee that consisted of representatives from departments across campus, to determine how to award CARES Act funds as well as emergency aid provided by RMUoHP.

Which students will receive CARES Act money?

All students who receive this funding must be federal financial aid-eligible. To be eligible for funding consideration, you must:

  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credits during 2020
  • Have completed the 2019/2020 and/or 2020/2021 FAFSA and be eligible to receive federal financial aid.
  • Complete the Student Relief Fund application by the deadline of May 15th (for the first half of the CARES Act Fund), and by November 4th (for the second half of the CARES Act Fund).
    If awarded, how will students be notified and receive funds?

    Note: The Cares Act Funds allocated to RMUoHP in the amount of $223,267.00 were fully disbursed to awardees as of December 15, 2020.

    Eligible students were notified via their RMUoHP email accounts. Awards were disbursed via direct deposit on June 5th and on November 20th.

    Full report of the Cares Act Funds is available on the link above.

    Do students have any limitations on how they can spend the money?

    As outlined by the Department of Education, the funds should be used to address unexpected expenses related to disruptions of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as for food, housing, healthcare, technology, course materials, and childcare.

    DISCLAIMER

    Nothing on this website should be construed as authoritative financial advice. Your circumstances are unique, and you may want to consult a financial advisor. The author of this website is not a financial advisor.