In response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government allocated funds to institutions of higher education to provide timely economic relief to students negatively impacted by COVID-19. Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) were distributed in three rounds. The University of Minnesota system received allocations in all three rounds of funding:
In spring 2020, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (better known as the CARES Act).
In early 2021, as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).
In summer 2021, as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) Funding
There are multiple channels of distribution for HEERF III funding to students.