Campus Update 7/30/21

Special Update: Additional HEERF Funds for Fall 2021 Semester

Good Afternoon,

I am pleased to announce that Albany State University will use funds received from the HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds) Program to assist students enrolled for the fall 2021 semester. This assistance is in addition to the balance pay-off for the spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

What amount will eligible students receive in HEERF funds?
Students who are enrolled for fall 2021, and who meet the following eligibility requirements will receive the HEERF grant in the amount of:  

  • Zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC), $2,000/per student
  • Pell Eligible (excluding zero EFC), $1,500/per student
  • All Other Enrolled Students, $700/per student

Who will be eligible to receive HEERF funds?
ASU is required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. However, students do not need to be Pell Grant recipients or eligible for Pell Grants in order to receive a grant through HEERF.

ASU will use each student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the U.S. Department of Education using the 2021-2022 FAFSA, to award the emergency grant based on each student’s socioeconomic circumstance. The award amounts are determined by tiers not to exceed the allotted HEERF grant award amount.

Where can students find their Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
Each student’s EFC can be found on their Institutional Student Information Record or their Banner Web Self-Service account.

What are the next steps for students to take to receive this award?
Students have an option to apply the award directly to their account balance. If the account has a credit balance, a refund will be issued. The award may also be issued directly as a refund.

All students must complete an authorization before the Bursar’s Office can process the award. An email will be sent to your ASU student email with the steps to complete the authorization.  

When will students receive the HEERF Grant?
ASU students will be notified via their student email once the award process is complete. ASU will begin to disburse funds beginning the week of August 19, 2021.

We look forward to welcoming you back on campus in August,

Shawn McGee
Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Affairs