Covid Recovery: Analysis of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

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The Education Trust




District of Columbia

Organization Overview:

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Project Name:

Covid Recovery: Analysis of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds
Project Type: 
Program Evaluation

Project Overview:

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) included $40 billion in additional COVID-19 relief for higher education institutions and students, using the same Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) model established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through September 30, 2023.

This evaluation will explore implementation and dissemination of the $40 billion in emergency relief funds for institutes of higher education since March 2020, the impact on student behavior (including retention and completion), as well as recommendations for program improvement and future research. Results from this analysis will be used to design recommendations for future use of HEERF and other emergency funds.
Note: Eligible institutions of higher education have until September 30, 2023 to exhaust their allocated HEERF monies.

The final deliverable for this project is a report that describes the research findings related to HEERF monies dissemination, program implementation and impact on student behavior, as well as include recommendations for program improvement and future research.

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