[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 10 (Friday, January 15, 2021)]
[Pages 4010-4012]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-00936]



Notice Inviting Applications for Proprietary Institutions Under 
the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Section 314(a)(4); 
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Secretary is announcing the availability of new HEERF 
grant funding under section 314(a)(4) of the CRRSAA and inviting 
applications from eligible proprietary institutions listed on the 
Department's section 314(a)(1) allocation table to apply for funding in 
order for these institutions to make financial aid grants to students. 
This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB 
control number XXXX-XXXX.

    Applications Available: January 15, 2021.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Applications will be 
accepted on a rolling basis until April 15, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an 
application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to 
Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at 

Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 250-64, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: The Department of Education HEERF Call Center at (202) 377-
3711. Email: [email protected]. Please also visit our HEERF website at: 
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-


Full Text of Announcement

    Background: On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the 
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 
(CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260). This new law makes available approximately 
$22.7 billion for institutions of higher

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education under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), 
with funding devoted to programs previously authorized under the 
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act (Pub. L. 
116-136), as well as funding for certain programs newly authorized 
under CRRSAA.
    With this notice, the Secretary is announcing that proprietary 
institutions of higher education as defined in section 102(b) of the 
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1002(b), may apply 
for HEERF grant funds under the new CRRSAA section 314(a)(4) program, 
Proprietary Institution Grant Funds for Students (CFDA 84.425Q). The 
estimated available funds for this program is approximately $680 
million. Allocations for eligible proprietary institutions of higher 
education will be calculated on the basis of the formula in section 
314(a)(1)(A) through (F). Under section 314(d)(7), awards from the 
Proprietary Institution Grant Funds for Students program may only be 
used to provide financial aid grants to students (including students 
exclusively enrolled in distance education), which may be used for any 
component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs 
that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health 
care (including mental health care), or child care. In making such 
financial aid grants to students, grantees must prioritize grants to 
students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell 
    Proprietary institutions that did not receive a CARES Act section 
18004(a)(1) award but are on the Department's published section 
314(a)(1) allocation table for CRRSAA may apply for and receive (a)(4) 
funds. Pursuant to CRRSAA section 314(f), an institution must apply for 
funds within 90 days of the publication of this notice.
    However, please note that institutions that have not yet complied 
with the reporting requirements of the CARES Act may receive awards 
with a restriction on the ability to drawdown those awarded funds (stop 
payment status) until the institution has satisfied its CARES Act HEERF 
reporting obligations.
    Program Authority: Section 314 of Coronavirus Response and Relief 
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 
98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to 
Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 
2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department 
in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) Subparts A through E of the Uniform 
Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements 
for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as 
regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Formula grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: Approximately $680,914,000 will be used 
to make awards under this program.
    Grant Period: Institutions must expend funds received under this 
program within 12 months of obligation of the funds by the Department.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Proprietary IHEs, as defined in section 
102(b) of the HEA.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    3. Subgrantees: Subgrantees are not allowed under this program.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to 
submit their applications using Grants.gov. The Grants.gov Funding 
Opportunity Numbers are ED-GRANTS-041020-003 for the Student Aid 
Portion and ED-GRANTS-042120-004 for the Institutional Portion. 
Applications must be submitted by XXX Date [90 days after publication]. 
To register to use Grants.gov, please visit their ``How to Apply for 
Grants'' web page (https://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply-for-grants.html), or call their Applicant Support helpdesk at 1-800-518-
    Each completed application for a section 314(a)(4) program grant 
must consist of:
     A complete SF-424; and
     A Certification and Agreement (the Proprietary Institution 
Grant Funds For Students) (Red C&A).
    Note: The applicant must submit the correct Certificate and 
Agreement for the funds requested. The Certificate and Agreement must 
be completed and include the correct OPE ID and DUNS number of the 
institution for which you are requesting funds. Each grantee will 
receive the amount calculated for them and listed in Department's 
published section 314(a)(4) allocation table.
    2. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. However, under 34 
CFR 79.8(a), we waive intergovernmental review in order to make timely 
    3. Funding Restrictions: Specified in each program's Certification 
and Agreement or Supplemental Agreement.
    4. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification 
Number, and System for Award Management: In general, to do business 
with the Department of Education, you must--
    (a) Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a 
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
    (b) Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for 
Award Management (SAM), the Government's primary registrant database;
    (c) Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your SAM application; and
    (d) Maintain an active SAM registration with current information 
while your application is under review by the Department and, if you 
are awarded a grant, during the project period.
    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet at the 
following website: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. A DUNS number can be 
created within one to two business days.
    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or 
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. 
If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal 
Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a 
new TIN, please allow two to five weeks for your TIN to become active. 
The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business 
days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the 
completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the SAM database. 
Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial 
assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow 
sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN. Given 
the national emergency related to COVID-19, the Department may accept 
an application without an active SAM registration and may allow 
registered SAM users whose registrations expire before May 16, 2020, an 
additional 60 days to update their registration, consistent with the 
Office of Management and Budget Memo M-20-17. If you are currently 
registered with SAM, you may not need to make any changes. However, 
please make certain that the TIN associated with your DUNS number is 
correct. Also note that you will need to update your registration 
annually. This may take three or more

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business days. Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To 
further assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and 
TIN in SAM or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a 
SAM.gov Tip Sheet, which you can find at: www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/sam-faqs.html.

V. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If you receive a grant award under this program, 
we will send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN), or we may send you 
an email containing a link to access an electronic version of your GAN.
    2. Reporting: Specified in each program's Certification and 
Agreement or Supplemental Agreement.

VI. Other Information

    Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, individuals with disabilities 
can obtain this document in an accessible format. The Department will 
provide the requestor with an accessible format that may include Rich 
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Christopher J. McCaghren,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2021-00936 Filed 1-14-21; 8:45 am]