CRRSAA Act of 2021

The University of Montana (UM) has received $3,826,138 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), which provides direct aid to students in the form of grants to help ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of March 18th, 2021 $3,781.639.50 of this allocation has been awarded. The remaining $44,498.50 will be awarded for during the summer 2021 semester. Students who are interested in potentially receiving funding in the summer term need to complete the Summer Aid Application and will be contact via email by the financial aid office on next steps by the end of May 2021.

Details on the Spring 2021 awarding can be found below.

 

CRRSAA grants are intended to help students with the following types of expenses:

  • Tuition and fees (including student account balances owed)
  • Housing and food
  • Course materials
  • Technology related costs
  • Health care
  • Transportation
  • Childcare expenses

Per the Act, in its awarding of CRRSAA grants to students, UM is required to prioritize students with exceptional financial need, such as students who are eligible to receive Pell Grants. UM has done this by utilizing the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2020-2021 FAFSA (please see the definitions of need used for awarding in the “How much will I receive” section below).

There is no application. All eligible UM students will automatically receive a grant.

CRRSAA grants will be issued in the form of a direct deposit, or check sent to a student's current mailing address on file Cyberbear. For faster payment processing, students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit in Cyberbear. Students should also review and update their mailing address in Cyberbear to help ensure checks are delivered to the correct mailing address.

You may be eligible for a CRRSAA grant if you are currently enrolled and have completed the registration payment process at UM for the Spring 2021 term as of March 16, 2021. Please note:  Students who are international, dual credit, and non-U.S.-citizens are not eligible to receive a CRRSAA grant.

Students with an account balance who meet the U.S. Department of Education’s eligibility guidelines will receive a CRRSAA grant. The CRRSAA grant can be applied towards a student’s account balance if they would like. After receiving a CRRSAA grant, a student may make a payment to their student account through Cyberbear, in person or over the phone (406-243-2223) with the Student Accounts Office. Any outstanding balance owed to UM remains the responsibility of the student.

CRRSAA grants were awarded as follows:

CRRSAA Grant Awarding Criteria
 
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the 2020-2021 FAFSA
Spring 2021 Enrolled Credits as of 3.16.21
0 – 10,000
10,0001 – 15,000
15,001 – 20,000
20,001 – 25,000
>25,000 or not verified or no 2021 FAFSA
1 to 2 credits

$50

$40

$17

$0

$0

3 to 5 credits

$550

$450

$325

$150

$74

6 to 8 credits

$650

$550

$425

$250

$100

9 to 11 credits

$750

$650

$525

$350

$115

12 or more credits

$850

$750

$625

$450

$125

High Level of Financial Need:

  • undergraduate and graduate students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 - $10,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the university.

Medium Level of Financial Need:

  • undergraduate and graduate students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,001 - $15,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the university.

Moderate Level of Financial Need:

  • undergraduate and graduate students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,001 - $20,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the university.

Low Level of Financial Need:

  • undergraduate and graduate students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $20,001 - $25,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the university.

Lowest Level of Financial Need:

  • undergraduate and graduate students with a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of more than $25,000 according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the university.
  • undergraduate and graduate students without a verified Expected Family Contribution (EFC) according to the student’s current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the university.
  • undergraduate and graduate students without a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the university.

All students receiving a CRRSAA grant can view their award amount in Cyberbear under the “Account Summary by Term” page. Additionally, they will receive an email at their UM student address notifying them the grant has been disbursed and refunded. Students who received a spring 2021 award were emailed the week of March 22nd, 2021.

 

FAQs

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) is federal legislation that was signed into law December 27, 2020. It provides a variety of emergency financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. The Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF) that provides more than $22 billion in emergency funding to institutions of higher education.

No, CRRSAA grants do not need to be repaid.

No, CRRSAA grants will not impact other financial aid. This is a special grant to help you manage unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus and continue your education despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will not affect other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

It is unclear at the moment. If there is updated guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department, it will be added here.

Questions?

Please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@umontana.edu with any questions about CRRSAA funding.

If you have questions about your refund status, please contact the Student Accounts Office at 406-243-2223.