Under the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), Duke is able to provide to students with exceptional financial need additional federal grants through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II).
The U.S. Department of Education has outlined that this grant is to be used by students to pay for education and/or emergency costs that arise or have arisen due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Duke is required to prioritize students with exceptional need. Accordingly, the university has determined that to be eligible for a grant under this program, students must have a current (2020-21) FAFSA with an academic year Expected Family Contribution (EFC) at or below $15,000.
Duke was allocated over $4.6 million in federal funds for this program and distributed those funds directly to qualifying students starting in April 2021.
Information about eligibility, timing, and important steps — and reporting information — are in the FAQ.