This web center was created to keep NASFAA members and the financial aid community updated on pertinent news related to the coronavirus. Check back often as this page is updated daily.
- Democrats Begin Reconciliation Process, Paving Route to Further COVID Aid
- ED Reminds Financial Aid Administrators of Professional Judgment Authority Amid Pandemic
- ED Extends HEERF Annual Reporting Deadline to February 8
- NASFAA Urges ED to Clarify that Undocumented, International Students Eligible for Emergency Aid
- Institutions Question Which Costs Can Be Covered With HEERF II Funds
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
Several major student aid policy provisions were attached to the fiscal year 2021 Omnibus spending bill, through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, including FAFSA simplification, expanding Pell Grant eligibility to incarcerated students and increasing the maximum award, and the repealing the limitation on lifetime subsidized loan eligibility, known as Subsidized Usage Limit Applies (SULA).
- *NEW* Episode 181: Cardona’s Confirmation Hearing, Education Committee Appointments, and Biden’s Coronavirus Relief Package
- Episode 180: Financial Aid Experts Discuss Their HEERF Disbursement Experiences and Plans for Future Aid
- Episode 179: NASFAA’s Higher Ed Priorities for the Biden Administration
NASFAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reference Pages
Department of Education guidance on the use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds is changing on an almost daily basis. The reference pages linked below provide fast facts and frequently asked questions and answers about both the CARES Act HEERF grants and the newest Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act created HEERF II grants to assist financial aid administrators and other offices on college campuses in making decisions about the distribution of these funds. Check back often as NASFAA will continue to update these reference pages as any new guidance becomes available.
While AskRegs is available exclusively to NASFAA members, in an effort to keep the entire higher education community informed in the midst of this pandemic, NASFAA — with the support of grant funding — has made all AskRegs questions and answers related to COVID-19 available to the public. Check back often; new questions get submitted and answered every day.
- *UPDATED* What Is the Deadline for Schools to Start Drawing Down Supplemental HEERF II Funds?
- How Do We Complete Verification When the Income Is Zero and the AGI Is $1?
- What Is the Deadline for Distributing Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?
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The following webinars are free of charge to NASFAA members and non-members and available on demand.
- *UPDATED* February 5, 2021 – COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: A Recap of the Latest
- January 15, 2021 – Year-End Student Aid Legislation: COVID Relief, Funding, and FAFSA Simplification
- September 30, 2020 – COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: Where Are We Now?
- June 12, 2020 – COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: As it Stands
- May 20, 2020 – COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: Current Status
Department of Education & Congressional References
- 1-22: COD System Operational Update – Reporting Deadlines and Reminders for CARES Act Relief, Coronavirus Indicator and R2T4
- 1-22: Issuance of Dear CPA Letter CPA-21-01, Extension of Site Visit Exemption During COVID-19 National Emergency
- Correction; Notice Inviting Applications for Proprietary Institutions Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Section 314(a)(4); Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)
NASFAA in the News
For an up-to-date list of news articles in which NASFAA spokespeople have been quoted, please visit our NASFAA In the News webpage.
NASFAA Advocacy and Work
- NASFAA Releases HEERF Reporting Timeline
- Call to Action: Your Voice Needed to Increase Higher Education Funding
- June 2020 Infographic Shows NASFAA’s Comprehensive Efforts in the Time of COVID-19
NASFAA On the Record
- NASFAA Urges FCC to Implement Simple Verification Process for Emergency Broadband Program
- NASFAA Urges Congress to Provide Relief for All Federal Student Loan Borrowers
- NASFAA Submits Comments on HEERF Quarterly Data Collection Form
- NASFAA Submits Comments on HEERF Data Collection Form
NASFAA Members Additional Resources
- 2019-20 COVID-19 National Emergency Self-Evaluation Checklist Available
- Business Continuity Plans and Teleworking Agreement Samples
- CARES Act Distribution: Results From June 2020 Membership Poll & May 2020 Survey
- CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Timeline
- COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application Samples
- NASFAA Membership CARES Act Survey – May 2020
- NASFAA Survey Results Highlight COVID-19 Impact on Professional Judgment Requests
- P&P Builder Template: Early Implementation of New Regulations
- Self-Supporting College Students Can Qualify for Stimulus Checks, IRS Says
- Your Thoughts: We Have to Be More Transparent About the PJ Process
- Survey on Professional Judgment and COVID-19
- Blue Icon Kicks Off Fall ‘Let’s Talk’ Series With Financial Literacy During COVID-19
- New Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Short-Term Student Debt Relief
- Trump Seeks to Extend Student Loan Relief Via Executive Order
- Higher Education Advocates Call on Congress to Provide Equitable Aid for Community Colleges
- Census Bureau Publishes Updates for Temporarily Closed Schools Due to Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- COVID-19 Resources from NASFAA’s Business Partners
- CUPA-HR Provides Resources for Campus Re-Openings
- IRS: Emergency Aid Allocated to College Students Not Considered Taxable Income
- ICE Guidance on New International Students From Online-Only Studies in U.S.
- Lawmakers Urge Student Loan Companies to Provide Relief for Private Student Loan Borrowers
- NASFAA, SchoolHouse Connections Resource Highlights COVID-19 Impact on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Seeking
- Washington Sues Department of Education Over CARES Act Guidance
- World Health Organization
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