Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSAA) Act, was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CRRSAA Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, and provided 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.

Rhode Island College awarded and disbursed CRRSAA HEERF II funds directly to students via their student account.  The grant was not applied to or used to offset any charge, debt, tuition, fees, or other balance in a student account, nor will it be encumbered in any manner by Rhode Island College.

For students enrolled in direct deposit, they had access to the funds in approximately three business days from the date of disbursement. For those not enrolled in direct deposit, the Bursar issued a check.

The student may decline the award by sending written notification by email to the Financial Aid Office or the student may return the grant to the Bursar.


Rhode Island College began rapidly distributing funds to students based on their financial need. Recipients were notified via a message to their RIC email account.

The CRRSA Act directed colleges and universities to prioritize students with the greatest financial need. As a result, Rhode Island College established the RIC CRRSA Act Fund. These CRRSA Act emergency aid funds provided financial relief to students. These funds were meant to help students pay expenses including the cost of attending Rhode Island College, technology, health care, child care, course materials, housing, moving or other expenses related to the pandemic. If you have yet to experience financial stress due to COVID-19, these funds can help with unanticipated expenses or income loss that may have occurred.

The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants. 

No. CRRSAA Act funding will not count towards Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA) and will not affect future financial aid eligibility.

No. Per the Internal Revenue Service, the grant will not be included in your taxable income. Please visit the official IRS website for more details.

Similar to the CARES Act, these funds must be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as tuition and fees, food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.