Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - Institutional Portion

Adopted University Budget Plan and Tuition and Fees FY2020 - FY2021 

VCU intends to use the institutional portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under Section 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of $10.2M to partially offset the $13M of School of Arts tuition differential, room, board, and parking credits issued this spring when we evacuated the campus.

FAQs released by the US Department of Education addressing only the funds for Recipient’s Institutional Costs provided by the Secretary to an institution under Section 18004(a)(1) and subject to Section 18004(c) include the information below in question number 3.

May institutions that have provided refunds to students for room and board, tuition, and other fees (such as activities fees) reimburse themselves from the funds for Recipient’s Institutional Costs made available through the HEERF?

Yes. Institutions may use the funds for Recipient’s Institutional Costs to provide refunds to students for room and board, tuition, and other fees as a result of significant changes to the delivery of instruction, including interruptions in instruction, due to the coronavirus. Institutions also may reimburse themselves for refunds previously made to students on or after March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 53 at 15337-38 (hereinafter “Proclamation of National Emergency”), if those refunds were necessitated by significant changes to the delivery of instruction, including interruptions in instruction, due to the coronavirus.

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