Carnegie Mellon University

HEERF III Reporting - American Rescue Plan (ARP)

The following information is provided to comply with the Department of Education's HEERF III Reporting requirements. This information is limited to HEERF III funding and does not include any other grant programs.

Reporting Date: December 31, 2021

Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students

Carnegie Mellon University acknowledges that it submitted a Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students to the Department of Education and received a supplemental notification of approval on May 17, 2021 for funds designated under Section 2003(a)(1) of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Carnegie Mellon was allocated $8,187,546 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students as designated under Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under ARP is $6,592,710.54, of which $861,067.97 was awarded in this quarter

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students from ARP is 26,109.  Such estimate is based on the number of students that have been enrolled at Carnegie Mellon on or after March 13, 2020, as described in the Department of Education's final rule, “Eligibility To Receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Under HEERF” (May 14, 2021, 86 FR 26608).

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to Students under ARP is 4,871, of which 556 received a grant in this quarter. Carnegie Mellon will continue to award emergency grants until all allocated funds are exhausted.

Carnegie Mellon has established an application process for students to request emergency funds with a goal of assisting as many students as possible while prioritizing those students with exceptional financial need.  Award amounts are determined by Carnegie Mellon based upon a review of the student emergency grant application, the amount requested, and the students demonstrated financial need from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if applicable.  Generally, students receive grant amounts between $500 and $3,000. As of December 31, 2021, the average grant amount awarded to a student is $1,353, with an average grant amount of $1,549 in this quarter.

Carnegie Mellon announced the availability of emergency grants under ARP by emailing all returning students in August 2021.  Additionally, emails were sent to new students in early September 2021, after the start of fall classes.  The university continues to raise awareness of all emergency financial assistance to our student body by adding links to the Financial Assistance Related to COVID-19 page across a number of our student-focused websites and through various communication efforts.  All materials indicate that emergency grant funds are able to be used to assist all components of cost of attendance, including tuition, and that awards could be applied directly to a student account, with the student's affirmative consent.

Carnegie Mellon students can visit the Student Financial Services COVID-19 Assistance webpage for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including eligibility requirements, directions for submitting an application, and answers to frequently asked questions.


Institutional Portion

The Institutional Portion allocated to Carnegie Mellon under HEERF II is $8,187,381, and was made available for use beginning on May 17, 2021.

For the quarter ending December 31, 2021, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants drawn by the university under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act was $8,187,381. The Institutional Costs, which were directly related to impacts associated with coronavirus, were used to cover personnel and non-personnel expenses related to testing lab services, services for implementing physical distancing and air quality measures in campus facilities, as well as HR family care proctoring and temporary child care need services.  The Institutional Lost Revenue, which were directly related to impacts associated with coronavirus, were used to cover losses within housing services, parking and transportation services, and the early education center.

HEERF III Institutional Portion Quarterly Report (PDF)