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HEERF III Student Emergency Grants

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed an additional round of emergency funding to assist college students with the financial impact related to the pandemic.

SUNY Upstate Medical University will receive $653,653 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) to be disbursed in the form of emergency grants to students.

SUNY Upstate received Student Aid funding under section 2003(7) of the ARP. This program, with some changes, provides supplemental funds to the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. SUNY Upstate signed and returned to the Education Department a Certification and Agreement as required under the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. We acknowledge that by drawing down the ARP Student Aid Funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the ARP Student Aid Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these Student Aid Funds to provide emergency aid grants to students.

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The college is waiting for guidance from SUNY regarding eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

The college will work with eligible students to provide them with any necessary information and steps they may need to complete once we have received guidance from SUNY.

Distribution of Funds

SUNY System Administration and the Board of Trustees, in consultation with the state’s Division of Budget and within the framework established by the federal government, provide direction for the distribution and use of these funds.

For HEERF II, it took approximately three months from the time the funding amounts were announced for us to receive the monies and the disbursement instructions. We will provide an update to the college community regarding this round of funding when we have new information to share.

Methodologies of how the funds were distributed.