Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

  1. Rhode Island College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement, and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)  the CARES Act, the CRRSA Act, and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that Rhode Island College will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is
    • $3,721,958.00. CARES Act
    • $3,721,958.00 CRRSA Act
    • $10,655,225.00 ARP Act
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter) is:
    • $3,106,399.75 for 5/18/20
    • $139,554.00 for 6/30/20
    • $13,900.00 for 9/30/20
    • $0 for 12/31/20
    • $11,000.00 for 3/31/21
    • $4,159,588.00 for 6/30/21
    • $8,541,500.00 for 9/30/21
    • $1,747,528.00 for 12/31/21
    • 223,755.20 for 3/31/22
  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students:  
    • Under the CARES Act is 6,479
    • Under the CRRSSA Act is 7,738
    • Under the ARP Act is 6,073
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds:
    • Under the CARES Act: 4,755 for 6/30/20
    • Under the CARES Act: 29 for 9/30/20
    • Under the CARES Act: 22 for 3/30/20
    • Under the CRRSA Act: 7,554 as of 6/30/21
    • Under the ARP Act 6095, as of 9/30/21
    • Under the ARP Act 703, as of 12/31/21
    • Under the ARP Act 125 as of 3/31/22
  6. Rhode Island College established a Task Force of representatives from across the community to review the federal guidelines and regulations surrounding distribution of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Nearly all of Rhode Island College students enrolled Spring 2020 had their education disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result of their education switching from in-person learning to remote-learning. Rhode Island College used a hybrid approach to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The College’s Task Force used the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine the financial need of eligible students. Based on that data, created three tiers, 1). Pell Grant eligible, 2). Just above Pell Grant eligible, and 3). No demonstrated need and non-filers. Students identified in tiers 1 and 2 received an immediate Emergency Financial Aid Grant. Those in tier 3 were asked to apply to verify eligibility and need.

    The Task Force used a similar process to review the federal guidelines and regulations surrounding distribution and to determine which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under each subsequent Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding Bill (the CRRSA Act and the ARP Act).  Again, the College’s Task Force used the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine the financial need of eligible students, as well data from the College’s Student Information System to provide eligible students with immediate Emergency Financial Aid Grants.  In addition, the College continued to provide an application to verify eligibility and need of those who did not receive an immediate Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
  7. Rhode Island College provided and continues to provide instructions, directions, and guidance to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. 
  8. In addition, campus wide communications regarding the availability of Emergency Financial Aid Grants was provided to students, faculty, and staff. 

Quarterly Financial Reports

HEERF Quarterly Report – 09/30/2020

HEERF Quarterly Report – 12/31/2020

HEERF Quarterly Report – 03/31/2021

HEERF Quarterly Report - 06/30/2021

HEERF Quarterly Report - 09/30/2021

HEERF Quarterly Report - 12/31/2021

HEERF Quarterly Report - 3/31/2022

HEERF Quarterly Report - 6/30/22