Office of Financial Aid
PO Box 500
Randolph Center, VT 05061
Fax: (802) 728-1436
American Rescue Plan: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERFIII)
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), was signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Emergency fund available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.
Vermont Technical College has been awarded an additional $1,654,021 to help students with expenses incurred as a result of disruptions caused by COVID-19. More detailed information regarding distribution of these funds are detailed below and will continue to roll out over the 2021-2022 academic year.
Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES ACT, Vermont Tech has applied for and received federal aid through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Vermont Tech has signed and returned the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement and intends to use, per federal law, no less than 50 percent to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
This part of the federal CARES Act provides emergency grants to students based on disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus for eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.
These required reports (PDF) demonstrate how and when Vermont Tech has applied its HEERF awards.
Vermont Technical College chose to make the difficult choice in 2020 to retain all employees during the reporting period even though there was a substantial loss of revenue and decreased enrollments. During this period, faculty and staff were diverted from their regular work in order to support the transition to, and support of, remote instruction. This work included installing and maintaining new software, training and supporting instructors and students, redesigning classes for remote or hybrid instruction, and increasing opportunities for faculty training. Subsequent HEERF resources were applied against COVID-related lost dorm/dining revenue and direct student outreach.