The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act allocated federal money to higher education for emergency grants to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. William & Mary has been allocated $1.97 million for disbursement to students. These funds are commonly referred to as HEERF II funds.
In an effort to distribute emergency grants following federal guidance, William & Mary has allocated its federal dollars for tiered payments of $900 to students who are federal Pell Grant recipients and $485 to students who have already demonstrated financial need through the financial aid process. The payment was made in May of 2021 by direct deposit or check. William & Mary elected to keep this process as simple as possible to make resources available to eligible students with the greatest need as quickly as possible.
While CRRSA expanded the potential eligibility pool beyond CARES Act eligibility, William & Mary opted to prioritize financial need as demonstrated by meeting the eligibility requirements of Title IV funds. Students who did not meet the criteria for HEERF II Funds may be eligible for support via private dollars raised for that purpose. Students may appeal to the Dean of Student's office from the Health Emergency and Resources for the Tribe (HEART) Fund. Eligible categories for funding from the HEART Fund are food, transportation, lodging, healthcare and medications, and educational expenses.
The process of distributing these funds and other frequently asked questions are addressed on our CRRSA HEERF II FAQ page.