Academic Year 2021/2022
Posted: July 21, 2021 | Last Update: Sept. 8, 2021
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which was signed into law on March 11, 2021.
ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, disbursed during the Spring 2021 semester, (CRRSAA), and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, disbursed during the Spring 2020 semester.
ARP – HEERF III is a one-time, federally-funded grant that provides financial assistance to college students with unexpected expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal guidelines require TCNJ to give priority to students with high financial need and to distribute the funds directly to students.
You do not have to be a financial aid recipient or complete a FAFSA to be considered for this grant.
Only current TCNJ students can apply for funding at this time.
Current TCNJ students are those who were matriculated and enrolled during the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 semesters. The application to apply is available in the link provided at the bottom of this announcement.
New TCNJ students who were not enrolled during the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 semesters are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for funding at this time. You will not meet the requirements to apply until after the College can confirm your enrollment for the Fall 2021 semester. Enrollment confirmation for the Fall semester will take place after the Add/Drop period is over which is expected to take place after September 10, 2021. We anticipate that the application will reopen sometime after October 18, 2021.
To determine eligibility, students will need to complete the application. Upon review of the application, if you meet an acceptable funding condition, you will be considered for a grant.
You may review the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about applying and eligibility.
Please note that funds are limited. The initial application to apply will be open from July 21, 2021, until August 31, 2021. The application will close at 4:30 PM on August 31. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks from submission of your application for the eligibility evaluation and funding level review. You will be notified by the Student Accounts Office if eligible. The application is expected to re-open sometime after October 18, 2021. Students can only apply for funding once.
Once the College exhausts its funding allocation the application will close permanently.
What is the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided by the federal government?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Currently, all funding is being provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP – HEERF III).
When will CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds be available and how do I apply?
TCNJ has received this new round of funding, which it is making available to students on an expedited basis. Please fill out an application to begin the review process. Recipients will be notified of their status via their TCNJ email account.
Am I eligible for funds?
Funding is limited to students who have and been impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways: student and/or spouse loss or reduction of employment (i.e., layoff/furlough or job loss), parental loss or reduction of employment (i.e., layoff/furlough or job loss), or other unexpected circumstances.
Can I make changes to the application form after it has been submitted?
Unfortunately, no. Once an application is submitted it becomes final and will be processed accordingly. No appeals will be accepted.
What login credentials do I need to access the application form?
The application is only available to users with an @tcnj.edu email domain. Students can access the application form with their TCNJ login and password.
I am an international student and not a citizen of the United States. Am I eligible for a grant?
Yes, you may apply for consideration.
Are DACA students eligible to receive a grant?
Yes, you may apply for consideration.
When can students apply for CARES Act funds?
Eligible students may apply online beginning June 21, 2021 until all funds are exhausted.
What are the types of expenses covered by funding?
Eligible expenses for CARES Act funding include, but are not necessarily limited to, medical, food, housing, utilities, technology expenses, and other unanticipated expenses included in the student’s cost of attendance.
How much funding will I get?
Award amounts vary by student and are unique to each student’s circumstances. The College is committed to distributing funds it has received to as many eligible students in need as quickly as possible until those funds are exhausted.
How long before I know if I am awarded?
We anticipate a large volume of applications and will work to process submissions as quickly as possible. Our goal is to provide funding decisions as soon as possible.
What documentation am I required to submit for the application?
Only the completed application is required. The college reserves the right to request supporting documentation to substantiate statements made in the application.
How will I find out if I have been awarded funding?
Emails will be sent from PAWS to each student when funds are issued.
How will I receive the funding if my request is approved?
Checks/direct deposits will be processed within 3 weeks from receipt of the application.
Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your funding. Designate your bank account in PAWS by following the instructions below:
- Visit the TCNJ Today homepage
- Click on PAWS
- In Self Service, click on Student Center
- Click on Refund Direct Deposit link located in the Finances section and follow the instructions
If you are awarded funds, it will take approximately 24-48 business hours from your notification date for the funds to be deposited into your bank account. Some banks make take longer to process payments.
If you are not able to set up a direct deposit account, you be mailed a paper check to the local mailing address on record with the college. Be advised that this method can take between 1-2 weeks.
United States Department of Education: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Required Disclosure and Reporting
Requirement: Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for the Institutional Portions
Requirement: Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for the Student Portions