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CRRSAA Student Emergency Aid

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA) funding covers expenses related to the cost of attendance or emergency costs associated with COVID-19 and prioritizes students with exceptional need.


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Student Emergency Grant

As an expansion of the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021, was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. UWF received additional CRRSAA funds to offer financial aid grants to students. Unlike with CARES distribution, CRRSAA guidance requires institutions to prioritize students with exceptional need. UWF is committed to providing support for students with the most significant financial needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility

Priority will be given to students meeting the following criteria:

  • Degree-seeking enrolled at least half time.
  • Have a complete submitted 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application on file.
  • Be in good standing to be eligible to receive Title IV aid; see Title IV Eligibility Criteria (Basic Eligibility Criteria for Federal Student Aid).
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less and have not received a previous COVID-19 student emergency grant under the CARES Act.
  • Students with an EFC of $15,000 or less with a previous COVID-19 student emergency grant under the CARES Act may receive an additional award based on CRRSAA fund availability and exceptional need.
  • Grant amounts may vary based on student financial need, with priority given to those with exceptional need. Award amounts will not exceed $1,000.*

Student notification of eligibility:

Students meeting the priority eligibility criteria will be automatically considered for a CRSSAA Emergency Student Aid Grant beginning in Spring 2021 (until funds are exhausted) and do not need to submit an application. Students will be notified via email and must review and accept their award. By accepting, the student acknowledges the direct impact of COVID-19 for which they incurred expenses related to components based on the cost of attendance.

Additional information

  • Award amounts may vary, but the maximum a student may receive is $1,000.*
  • Grants will be refunded via BankMobile after the student has acknowledged and accepted their award.
  • Any grants not accepted within two weeks of awarding will be canceled. For any canceled awards, you will need to email finaid@uwf.edu to have your award reinstated given funds remain available.
  • UWF can exercise professional judgment to make an award when deemed necessary for documented hardship.
  • Students with an EFC over $15,000 may be considered through the current UWF Emergency Grant Process accessible via MyUWF. Students will need to document a demonstrated COVID-19 related hardship and must have an unmet need within their cost of attendance to receive funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is not too late. You can complete the 2020-21 FAFSA (needed for spring and/or summer awards) through June 30, 2021.

Grant amounts may vary based on student financial need, with priority given to those with exceptional need. Award amounts will not exceed $1,000.*

You will be notified via your UWF student email of an awarded grant, and you will need to review and accept in order to receive the funds.

Your refund will be sent to BankMobile, via your previously selected refund preference, within seven business days of your acceptance of the award.

For information about refund preferences and BankMobile, visit UWF's BankMobile webpage.

Grants are refunded to you and may be used for any expense incurred within the cost of attendance or emergency costs associated with COVID-19. This includes but is not limited to tuition, housing, food, health care (including mental health), child care or technology-related expenses.

No, your grant will be refunded to you, even if you have a balance. Please check your CashNet in MyUWF for up-to-date balance information. If you would like to use your refund to pay your balance, you may do so via any of the UWF accepted payment methods.

For additional resources, such as the expansion of Information for Students Who Want to Apply for SNAP or more information regarding the Argo Pantry, students may want to contact Case Management.

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number. 
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25).
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form stating that:
    • You are not in default on a federal student loan.
    • You do not owe money on a federal student grant.
    • You will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.

Unfortunately, most international students are typically not eligible to receive Title IV aid. Therefore, international students will not be eligible for a CRRSAA Student Emergency Grant. If you are having financial difficulties, please reach out to International Programs at international@uwf.edu or Case Management at casemanagement@uwf.edu to discuss other available options.

Please contact the UWF Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at finaid@uwf.edu or 850.474.2400.

The University followed guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

*This is the maximum to be awarded for the initial award. Should there be remaining funds, you may receive an additional award.


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

HEERF Quarterly Reporting
Aid TypeTotal DisbursedStudent Recipients
Quarter Ending March 31, 2021
CARES Act Emergency Student Grants $3,400,694  2,225 
CARES Act Institutional Aid  $600,462  612 
CRRSAA Emergency Student Grants $2,185,850 2,845