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HEERF II Reporting

Published: March 8, 2021

HEERF II Reporting

Higher Education Emergency Relief II Funds (HEERF II) provide direct emergency assistance to support students’ cost of attendance for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care or child care.

Boise State’s goal is to prioritize assistance to students with the greatest financial need, in accordance with federal guidelines.  Funds were automatically offered to students who met the following criteria (data pulled 1/28/2021):

  • Degree-seeking in a financial aid eligible program
  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 credits in the spring 2021 semester
  • Eligible U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen as determined by the 2020-21 FAFSA
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Have an official expected family contribution (EFC) between 0-10,000
  • Have unmet need greater than $350
  • Not receiving a senior citizen, faculty/staff/dependent waiver

Students not meeting the criteria for automatic funding were given the opportunity to submit an application for consideration.  13,000 students were notified by email 2/24/21 of the availability of the application.  Funds were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Boise State University was informed of HEERF II eligibility after the HEERF annual report was submitted 1/27/2021.  These additional funds were covered under the existing Certification of Agreement for the CARES Act HEER funds.  Boise State University intends to spend, at minimum, the same amount of funding for emergency financial aid grants to students as the initial allotment of HEERF.  

  1. Boise State University was allocated $5,468,758 in HEERF II for emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. As of March 4, 2021, Boise State University has distributed a total of $5,465,700 in HEERF II.  $4,189,025 was distributed in block grants and $1,257,675 to students via an application process. 
  3. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to receive financial aid grants to students under HEERF II:  18,329
  4. Total number of students that received emergency financial aid grants: 6,359.  4,546 received funding from the block grant.  1,813 received funding via application.
  5. Block grant recipients were selected based on the criteria of “exceptional financial need” as outlined above.
  6. Applications were reviewed for eligibility based on the following criteria and offered in the order the application was received:
  • Actively enrolled in the spring 2021 semester
  • U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen as determined by the 2020-21 FAFSA
  • Indicated COVID related expense on the application
  • Not receiving a senior citizen, faculty/staff/dependent waiver
  • Offered amounts based on enrollment level

Students that received funds in the automatic grant distribution group were eligible to apply for additional funding via the application process.  They were eligible to receive the maximum amount available via the application according to their enrollment level.  

7.  Instructions, directions or guidance provided to recipients.

Distribution by Block Grant

EFC RangeAmount# of recipients

Distribution by Application

EFC RangeAmount# of recipients
10,000 +$30016