HEERF Spending Analysis Shows Critical Role of Emergency Funds for Postsecondary Success

By: Nasser Paydar, Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education

As part of the COVID-19 emergency funds that went to higher education institutions, funded through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), institutions are required to file annual reports about how the funds were utilized and their impact. Today, we released the data from the 2022 reporting. While the report makes clear the positive impact these funds – including the $40 billion from the American Rescue Plan – had to help schools during the pandemic, what it also shows us is how beneficial flexible, student-directed, emergency funds can be for postsecondary success, especially for underserved students.

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