Federal COVID-19 Relief FAQ

On March 6, 2021, the Senate passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which provided emergency funding to state education and institutions of higher education. Funding from the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) is being separated into 3 different funds:

  • Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund
  • Emergency Assistance to NonPublic Schools (EANS) Program
  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

These funds will remain available through September 30, 2023. 

For more information, view the following memorandum, which outlines an overview of the funding allocated for each state. 

Please view the following FAQ for more Oregon specific information.

Oregon Education COVID relief FAQ

Total Money reserved from the ESSER Fund for Oregon – $1,121,029,000

 

The ESSER funds are awarded to SEAs based on their based on their relative shares of grants awarded under Title I-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), for the most recent fiscal year (2020).

  • Estimated Grant total: $1,121,029,000
  • State Share of Available Funds: 0.92%
  • Estimated Minimum Reservation to Address Learning Loss: $56,051,000
  • Estimated Minimum Reservation for Summer Enrichment: $11,210,000
  • Estimated Minimum Reservation for Afterschool Programs: $11,210,000
  • Estimated Maximum Reservation for Other State Activities: $28,026, 000
  •  Estimated Minimum Funding for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs): $1,008,926,000
  • Estimated Minimum Reservation of LEA Funds to Address Learning Loss: $201,785,000
  • Estimated Maximum Reservation for State Administration: $5,605,000

The funds from the EANS Program will be allocated by the SEA to provide services or assistance to non-public schools that “enroll a significant percentage of low-income students and are most impacted” by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The services or assistance that could be provided to address educational disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic included, for example, personal protection equipment, educational technology, and reimbursement for the expense of certain services or assistance that the non-public school incurred after the date of the national emergency declaration related to the coronavirus.

  • Estimated Grant total: $25,161,000
  • State Share of Available Funds: 0.91%

Funds appropriated under the HEERF would be divided among four programs:

  • direct grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs): public and private nonprofit IHEs and postsecondary vocational institutions;
  • direct grants to IHEs: proprietary IHEs; 
  • programs for minority serving institutions (MSIs); and
  • the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). 

Funds available for the HEERF under the Senate substitute would be allocated through the four programs listed above as follows: 

  • 91% as direct grants to public and private nonprofit IHEs and postsecondary vocational institutions; 
  • 1% as direct grants to proprietary IHEs;
  • 7.5% through MSI programs authorized under Title III-A, Title III-B, Title V-A, and Title VII-A-4 of the Higher Education Act (HEA);7 and
  • 0.5% through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) authorized under HEA Title VII-B. 

This allocation of funds mostly follows the allocation of HEERF funds under the CRRSAA, with the following two exceptions:

  • The reservation of funds for direct grants to public and private nonprofit IHEs and postsecondary vocational institutions would be increased from 89% to 91%; and 
  • The reservation of funds for direct grants to proprietary IHEs would be decreased from 3% to 1%. 
  • Estimated Grant total: $401,412,00
  • State Share of Available Funds: 1.01%