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The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
is intended to support RIT students with expenses incurred
as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency.

This financial distribution is part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II
(HEERF II),
which was funded through the CRRSAA. The purpose of the funding is to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CRRSAA student grant distribution may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental health care)
or childcare.

The university distributed nearly $5.2 million of the funding to provide Emergency Grants to the RIT students
(not affiliated with NTID) with the highest need in accordance with federal guidelines.

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf received a
separate appropriation
to assist NTID
and NTID-supported students,
under rules mirroring CRRSAA’s. RIT/NTID will distribute approximately $2.5 million of that funding to provide Emergency Grants to its students in accordance with federal guidelines.
The university will begin processing payments to students in late March.

RIT Student Eligibility

All eligible students will have received an email from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
with details regarding their grant.

The U.S. Department of Education has determined only
U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens are considered for these funds.
International students are not eligible to receive the CRRSAA Emergency Grant.

Group 1: University-coordinated Pre-arrival Hotel Quarantine

A portion of the CRRSAA funds are designated to offset use of the university-coordinated hotel quarantine option for students who were required by RIT
and New York state
to quarantine before circulating on campus. The charges for the university-coordinated hotel quarantine were applied to a recipient’s account or reimbursed to the student.
Eligible students have received an email regarding this issue.
If you have questions, please contact
Student Financial Services by calling:
(point down and hold)

Non-domestic students were also reimbursed using RIT funding, not CRRSAA funding.

Group 2: Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $28,555 or less

RIT used information provided on the
2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
to measure the socioeconomic status
of students.
Grants will be made available to all students with a valid FAFSA on file with RIT,
enrolled in Spring 2021 as of March 10,
who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
of $28,555 or less.

NTID Student Eligibility

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf received a
separate and different appropriation
to assist NTID
and NTID-supported students.
All eligible students will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships with details regarding their grant.
The U.S. Department of Education has determined only
U.S. citizens and
eligible non-citizens
are considered for these funds.
International students are not eligible to receive the CRRSAA Emergency Grant.
To expedite receipt of funds,
students are encouraged to set up Direct Deposit
by March 29
for student accounts (different than Payroll account)
to receive CRRSAA funds.

To set up your direct deposit:

1-Login to eservices

2-Under the refund navigation within the Financial Services section,
click “Add Bank Account” and follow the steps to set up direct deposit.

Group 1: University-coordinated Pre-arrival Hotel Quarantine

A portion of the CRRSAA funds are designated to offset use of the university-coordinated hotel quarantine option for students who were required by RIT
and New York state
to quarantine before circulating on campus. The charges for the university-coordinated hotel quarantine
were applied to a recipient’s account
or reimbursed to the student.
Eligible students have received an email regarding this issue.
If you have questions, please contact
Student Financial Services by calling
(point down and hold)

Non-domestic students were also reimbursed using RIT funding,
not CRRSAA funding.

Group 2:
NTID-Supported Students with Valid FAFSA on File with RIT

Grants will be made available to all NTID-supported students
with a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
on file with RIT,
enrolled in Spring 2021 as of March 10.
RIT used information provided on the
2020-21 FAFSA
to measure the socioeconomic status
of students,
with the neediest students receiving the largest grants.

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