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Apply for CRRSAA Aid

  • La Roche University is slated to receive approximately $1.9 million as part of the $22.7 billion in support of postsecondary institutions and their students under the recently passed Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), as announced by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Of that $1.9 million, $602,959 will be earmarked for emergency financial aid grants for La Roche students.
  • Frequently Asked Questions 

    Information is provided below explaining eligibility requirements. Please email LRUcares@laroche.edu with any questions related to eligibility, the application process or other matters related to the distribution of emergency financial aid grants under the CRRSAA.

  • Who is eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)?
    Currently only students who are U.S. citizens may receive emergency financial aid grants from the CRRSAA. Additionally, students must be currently registered for classes to be eligible to apply.
  • Is other emergency financial aid available to students who are not eligible to receive a grant from the HEERF II?
    Students who are not eligible to receive a grant from the HEERF II should apply to the Sister Candace Introcaso Student Emergency Fund by emailing elena.almendarez@laroche.edu or colleen.ruefle@laroche.edu and requesting an application.
  • How do I apply for an emergency financial aid grant from the HEERF II?
    Apply online. Students must complete and submit the online application for consideration of their grant request. Upon receipt of the application, U.S. citizenship will be verified and a committee appointed by the president will determine the grant award amount in compliance with the CRRSAA/HEERF II guidelines and available funds.
     
    We strongly encourage students to apply as soon as possible, and the distribution of grants will begin immediately. Since the amount of money that La Roche has been given to distribute in the form of emergency aid is limited, we anticipate the number of requests will exceed the amount of money we have to award. In order to serve as many students as possible, grants will range from $250 to $2,000.
     
    Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants. However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants.

    The committee will consider the following criteria for each applicant when awarding grants:
    • Students with a significant need related to COVID-19 disruptions, including cost of attendance or other emergency costs
    • Pell-eligible students with no Expected Family Contribution
    • Other students eligible to receive federal assistance also will be considered for emergency grants.
     
  • What can be covered by an emergency financial aid grant from the HEERF II?
    CRRSAA funds may be used for any component of your cost of attendance, or for emergency costs that arise due to the pandemic, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
  • How long after applying until I know if I will receive an emergency financial aid grant from the HEERF II? When will I receive the money?

    You will receive an email from LRUcares@laroche.edu within five business days regarding the status of your grant application. CRRSAA awards will be sent in the form of a check to the address on file in our student information system, unless you currently live on campus. 

    If you owe a balance to the University, you can request that La Roche apply any grant awarded directly to your student account. Please be aware that CRRSAA emergency grants cannot be applied to your student account without your authorization. Your eligibility for any CRRSAA emergency grant is not affected by your student account balance status or your decision about how to receive your award (direct check payment or electronic transfer to your student account). Those who receive grants and request a direct payment can expect to receive a check issued by La Roche University ordinarily within two weeks of being notified that their application has been accepted. We expect the first group of checks to be mailed out on March 8.

  • Can emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF II be directly applied to my outstanding tuition balance?
    If you owe a balance to the University, you can request that La Roche apply any grant awarded directly to your student account. Please be aware that CRRSAA emergency grants cannot be applied to your student account without your authorization. Your eligibility for any CRRSAA emergency grant is not affected by your student account balance status or your decision about how to receive your award (direct check payment or electronic transfer to your student account).
  • Will an emergency financial aid grant from the HEERF II impact my financial aid award from La Roche?
    No, this award is a one-time grant provided directly to students and is not considered part of your financial aid package from La Roche.
  • Is an emergency student aid grant from the HEERF II taxable?
    The IRS has not yet updated CRRSAA guidance on its website. Visit IRS.gov for the most current information. La Roche University does not provide tax advice to students.
  • Who should I contact if I have questions about eligibility and/or the application process?
    Please email LRUcares@laroche.edu with any questions related to eligibility, the application process or other matters related to the distribution of emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF II.