The More Things Change: Unpacking the New Federal Guidance for HEERF III

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance to help colleges and universities understand how to distribute the third round of funds from HEERF III

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance to help colleges and universities understand how to distribute the third round of funds from the American Rescue Plan’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III).

Under HEERF III, higher ed institutions are receiving a total of $36 billion to provide students with emergency relief. The good news is that this round of funding is designed to be both more flexible and more equitable—helping institutions provide immediate support for the students who need it most.

But here’s the catch: the third round of funding comes with different guidance than HEERF I or HEERF II. And that means that the strategies used by institutions to distribute the last two rounds of emergency aid may not work.

Here are some key differences in the HEERF III guidance relative to the last two rounds of relief that institutions should bear in mind:


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