On December 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) was signed into federal law. Norwich University received funding under this program for the express purpose of providing financial aid grants to students. Per Department of Education guidance, the funds must be prioritized for students with exceptional need. Students may use the grant for a component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. If a student chooses, the grant may be used to satisfy his or her account’s outstanding balance.
Norwich University received $1,002,307 under this program for emergency financial grants to students. Per Department of Education (DOE) guidance, the funds must be used for cash grants to students. Students enrolled in exclusively distance education courses are eligible for a grant. CRRSSA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need.
Following the parameters of DOE guidance, Norwich is using information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to measure socioeconomic status. Grants will be provided to students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $11,000 and will range from $625 to $1,000. Approximately 1,250 students are eligible for a grant.
These funds are emergency relief grants provided by the federal government and are not considered to be part of a student’s typical financial aid package. Additionally, per the Internal Revenue Service, these funds are categorized as disaster relief payments under section 130 of the Internal Revenue Code and are excluded from taxable income.
HEERF grants will be provided directly to students through our normal refund system, NUPay. Students who have not already done so can provide direct deposit banking information by logging into their NUPay Account and selecting Manage Refunds. If we do not have direct deposit information for a student, a check will be sent to the mailing address of record.