Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, CARES Act, was passed by Congress on March 27th, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. In total, the CRRSAA authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion expeditiously provided last spring through the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.

Section 18004(a)(3) of the CARES Act authorized the Secretary to allocate funds for part B of Title VII of the Higher Education Act of 1965, through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to institutions that the Secretary determined had the greatest unmet needs related to Coronavirus.  Priority was given to the institutions that received less than $500,000 in HEERF I and HEERF II. Each institution was eligible to receive funds through FIPSE by distributing funds in an amount that, when added to funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) and Section 18004(a)(2), was equal to $500,000. 

Lancaster Theological Seminary received the following: 

  1. HEERF I Student Portion – $9,602
  2. HEERF II Student Portion – $9,602
  3. HEERF III Student Portion – $31,677
  4. FIPSE – $480,796

Lancaster Theological Seminary Quarterly Reports

Quarter ending June 30, 2022

  1. Lancaster Theological Seminary signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARPA (HEERF III) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. During the second quarter of 2022, Lancaster Theological Seminary used the FIPSE funds for campus safety and operations.  As of June 30, 2022, all FIPSE funds were spent in their entirety; this is the final quarterly posting for HEERF III.  

Click here to view the final FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Report for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2022.

Quarter ending March 31, 2022

  1. Lancaster Theological Seminary signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARPA (HEERF III) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. During the first quarter of 2022, Lancaster Theological Seminary used the FIPSE funds for the transition to distance learning and campus safety and operations.  As of March 31, 2022, Lancaster Theological Seminary had $1,263.99 of FIPSE funds left to spend. 

Click here to view the FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Report for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2022.

 

Quarter ending December 31, 2021

Lancaster Theological Seminary signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARPA (HEERF III) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

During the fourth quarter of 2021, Lancaster Theological Seminary awarded thirteen emergency student grants and continued to use FIPSE funds for the transition to distance learning and campus safety and operations. As of December 31, 2021, Lancaster Theological Seminary had $15,232.78 of FIPSE funds left to spend.

Click here to view the FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Report for the Quarter Ending December 31, 2021.

Quarter ending September 30, 2021

  1. Lancaster Theological Seminary signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARPA (HEERF III) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. Lancaster Theological Seminary has received the following HEERF funding allocations from the U.S. Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:
    1. HEERF II: $9,602
    2. HEERF III: $31,677
  3. Lancaster Theological Seminary has distributed the following to eligible students:
    1. HEERF II: $9,602
    2. HEERF III $31,677
  4. The estimated total number of students at Lancaster Theological Seminary that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants:
    1. HEERF II: 81
    2. HEERF III: 81
  5. The total number of Lancaster Theological Seminary students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants is:
    1. HEERF II: 54
    2. HEERF III: 54
  6. Lancaster Theological Seminary distributed HEERF II and HEERF III grants based on meeting federal requirements.
  7. Students were notified via their Lancaster Theological Seminary email of the distribution of HEERF II and HEERF III grants.

As of September 30, 2021, HEERF II and HEERF III Student funds were spent in their entirety, thus this is the final quarterly posting for the Student Portion of HEERF II and HEERF III.

Click here to view the FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Report for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2021.

Quarter ending June 30, 2021

  1. Lancaster Theological Seminary signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARPA (HEERF III) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. Lancaster Theological Seminary has received the following HEERF funding allocations from the U.S. Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:
    1. HEERF II: $9,602
    2. HEERF III: $31,677
    3. Lancaster Theological Seminary has distributed the following to eligible students:
    4. HEERF II: $0
    5. HEERF III $0
    6. The estimated total number of students at Lancaster Theological Seminary that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants:
    7. HEERF II: 53
    8. HEERF III: 53
    9. The total number of Lancaster Theological Seminary students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants is:
    10. HEERF II: 0
    11. HEERF III: 0
    12. Lancaster Theological Seminary plans to distribute HEERF II and HEERF III funds based on meeting federal requirements.
    13. Students will be notified via their Lancaster Theological Seminary email of the distribution of HEERF II and HEERF III grants.

Click here to view the FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Report for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2021.

Quarter ending March 31, 2021

  1. Lancaster Theological Seminary signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARPA (HEERF III) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. Lancaster Theological Seminary has received the following HEERF funding allocations from the U.S. Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:
    1. HEERF II: $9,602
    2. HEERF III: $31,677
  3. Lancaster Theological Seminary has distributed the following to eligible students:
    1. HEERF II: $0
    2. HEERF III $0
  4. The estimated total number of students at Lancaster Theological Seminary that are eligible to receive emergency grants:
    1. HEERF II: 96
    2. HEERF III: 96
  5. The total number of Lancaster Theological Seminary students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants is:
    1. HEERF II: 0
    2. HEERF III: 0
  6. Lancaster Theological Seminary plans to distribute HEERF II and HEERF III funds based on meeting federal requirements.
  7. Students will be notified via their Lancaster Theological Seminary email of the distribution of HEERF II and HEERF III grants.

Click here to view the FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Report for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2021.

Quarter ending December 31, 2020

  1. Lancaster Theological Seminary signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARPA (HEERF III) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. Lancaster Theological Seminary has received the following HEERF funding allocations from the U.S. Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:
    1. HEERF II: $9,602
    2. HEERF III: $31,677
  3. Lancaster Theological Seminary has distributed the following to eligible students:
    1. HEERF II: $0
    2. HEERF III $0
  4. The estimated total number of students at Lancaster Theological Seminary that are eligible to receive emergency grants:
    1. HEERF II: 95
    2. HEERF III: 95
  5. The total number of Lancaster Theological Seminary students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants is:
    1. HEERF II: 0
    2. HEERF III: 0
  6. Lancaster Theological Seminary plans to distribute HEERF II and HEERF III funds based on meeting federal requirements.
  7. Students will be notified via their Lancaster Theological Seminary email of the distribution of HEERF II and HEERF III grants.

Click here to view the FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Report for the Quarter Ending December 31, 2020.

Quarter ending September 30, 2020

  1. Lancaster Theological Seminary signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES Act (HEERF I), CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARPA (HEERF III) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. Lancaster Theological Seminary has received the following HEERF funding allocations from the U.S. Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:
    1. HEERF I: $9,602
  3. Lancaster Theological Seminary has distributed the following to eligible students:
    1. HEERF I: $0 (as of 7/8/20)
    2. HEERF I: $9,602 (as of 8/22/20)
    3. HEERF I: $9,602 (as of 10/6/20)
  4. The estimated total number of students at Lancaster Theological Seminary that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants:
    1. HEERF I: 76 (as of 7/8/20)
    2. HEERF I: 93 (as of 8/22/20)
    3. HEERF I: 96 (as of 10/6/20)
  5. The total number of Lancaster Theological Seminary students who received Emergency Financial Aid Grants is:
    1. HEERF I: 0 (as of 7/8/20)
    2. HEERF I: 20 (as of 8/22/20)
    3. HEERF I: 20 (as of 10/6/20)
  6. Lancaster Theological Seminary distributed HEERF I grants following an application process. Methodology used to determine eligibility was based on the student being eligible to participate in federal student aid programs (under Section 484, Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965), as well as meeting the federal requirements.  Grant recipients received an email regarding their eligibility and their grant amount.
  7. Students were notified via their Lancaster Theological Seminary email of the distribution of HEERF I grants.

As of September 30, 2020, HEERF II Student funds were spent in their entirety, thus this is the final quarterly posting for the Student Portion of HEERF I.

Click here to view the FIPSE Budget and Expenditure Report for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2020.