March 29, 2021
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Through three separate actions to date, the federal government has made emergency funds available to institutions of higher education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allocated by the Department of Education, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) are intended to provide pandemic relief to both enrolled students and institutions related to the pandemic’s disruption of campuses. These three laws are known as the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or HEERF I), the CRRSAA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act or HEERF II), and the ARP (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 or HEERF III). Additional information about each, including how Lewis & Clark is distributing funds, is included below.