According to the Supplemental Support under American Rescue Plan (SSARP) Act announced on Jan 20, 2022:
The U.S. Department of Education announced $198 million in funds will be available for students and institutions to help reduce barriers to success in higher education, particularly those created and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—including the Omicron variant.
An institution can use HEERF grant funds to provide mental health services and support for students and faculty who are experiencing COVID-19 pandemic-related trauma, including students who were experiencing trauma prior to the pandemic that the pandemic may have exacerbated.
A telehealth platform that is designed to take care of your students’ physical and mental health needs is a prime example of the purpose for which these funds are intended.
In order to access these funds, all institutions must sign and return the Certificate of Funding and Agreement via grants.gov Applicant Registration, acknowledging the terms and conditions of the funding.
* Funds cannot be used for the following purposes: payment to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, endowments, or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship.
If you’d like to get your virtual healthcare center up and running but haven’t received funding yet, we’re able to defer payment to ensure your students can begin receiving the care they need immediately.