HEERF Reporting

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

CARES Act (HEERF I)

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students

The following information is provided to comply with the Department of Education's CARES Act Reporting requirements. This information is limited to CARES Act funding and does not include grant programs utilizing institutional funds.

Reporting as of: March 31, 2021

Updated 04/09/2021

The Ohio State University submitted a Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the Department of Education in April, 2020. Pursuant to this agreement, Ohio State assures that no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(A)(1) of the CARES Act are being used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Ohio State was allocated $21,442,608 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act as of March 31, 2021 is $21,168,381. Ohio State will report updates quarterly, as awarding emergency funds continues.

The total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(a) of the CARES Act is 53,892.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act as of March 31, 2021 is 17,124. Ohio State continues to award emergency funds.

The methods utilized to determine distribution of emergency funds are as follows:

1. An application process for students to request funds for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act has been established. The Emergency Grant Application is available to all students. Award amounts are determined by Ohio State based upon an individualized review of the student emergency grant application in accordance with guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. As of March 31, 2021, the average amount awarded to a student is $1,236.

Ohio State announced the availability of emergency grants in a message sent on April 21, 2020, to all students, and the president reiterated that message in several follow-up emails to the university community. Additionally, the university amplified awareness through a media release and social media. Student notifications include information that funds may be used for allowable expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.

2. In addition to the emergency grant application available for students to complete, the university recognizes the significant hardship that COVID-19 has created for our students with the greatest need and awarded Pell eligible, undergraduate students $1,000 CARES grants. Students were notified of the awards via direct email. These notifications include information that funds may be used for allowable expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.

Awards were made on May 26 and direct notifications were sent to students on the same date.  In addition, the university notified the campus community via a media release on May 27.

Ohio State students can visit the Student Financial Aid COVID-19 webpage for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application. 


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) (HEERF II)

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students

The following information is provided to comply with the Department of Education's CRRSAA Reporting requirements. This information is limited to CRRSSAA (HEERF II) student funding and does not include grant programs utilizing institutional funds.

Reporting as of: June 09, 2021

Posted: June 11, 2021

The Ohio State University certified with the Department of Education in January, 2021 receipt of funding for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Pursuant to this agreement, Ohio State assures that no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the CRRSAA Act are being used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Ohio State was allocated $21,442,608 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under CRRSAA (HEERF II) funds as of June 09, 2021 is $18,601,514. Ohio State will report updates quarterly as awarding emergency funds continues.

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the CRRSAA program is 56,219.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under the CRRSAA (a)(1) program as of June 09, 2021 is 20,890. Ohio State continues to award emergency funds.

The methods utilized to determine distribution of emergency funds are as follows:

1. An application process for students to request funds for their expenses for any component of the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise as a result of COVID-19 pandemic such as food, housing, tuition, course materials, technology, health care and child-care expenses has been established. 

2. The Emergency Grant Application is available to all students. 

3. Award amounts are determined by Ohio State based upon an individualized review of the student emergency grant application in accordance with guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. As of June 9, 2021, the average amount awarded to a student is $890. 

4. In addition to the emergency grant application available for students to complete, the university recognizes the significant hardship that COVID-19 has created for our students with the greatest need and awarded undergraduate, graduate and professional students with an Expected  Family Contribution that aligned with the ranges for a Federal Pell grant as well as moderate income undergraduate students utilizing a tiered approach to provide direct grants between $500 and $1000.  Students were notified of the awards via direct email. These notifications include information that funds may be used for allowable expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare expenses. Awards were made on March 11, 2021 and direct notifications were sent to students on the same date.  In addition, the university notified the campus community via a media release on 03/12/2021. 

Ohio State students can visit the Student Financial Aid COVID-19 webpage for additional information and specific guidance regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including to review program information, eligibility requirements and directions for submitting an application.


Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report

The Ohio State University Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable.

Reports covering the quarter ending September 30, 2020:

Originally posted 10/08/2020, updated 01/29/2021

Reports covering the quarter ending December 31, 2020:
Reports covering the quarter ending March 31, 2021: