Higher Education Disaster Relief

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Program Office: Office of Postsecondary Education
CFDA Number: 84.938R
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants, Formula Grants, Cooperative Agreements

The Higher Education Disaster Relief Grants program provides funds to institutions of higher education, as defined in section 101 or section 102(c)of the HEA that are located in an area affected by hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters occurring during 2008 for which the President declared a major disaster under title IV of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974. A list of these areas is available at: http://www.gismaps.fema.gov/2008pages/ lcurrent.shtm. Funds may only be used to defray the expenses incurred by institutions of higher education (IHEs) that were forced to close or relocate, or whose operations were impaired as a result of damage directly caused by such hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters occurring during 2008. Funds may be used to cover lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, and for construction. Funds may also be used to enable these IHEs to provide grants to their students who attend the IHE for academic years beginning on or after July 1, 2008.

The Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 authorizes the Department of Education to make funds available based on criteria established by the Secretary. The Secretary establishes and will consider the following criteria in allocating these funds: “(1) the expenses that would have been covered by revenues lost by the IHE as a direct result of the major disaster; (2) the expenses incurred by the IHE in remedying the effects of the disaster; (3) the costs of construction associated with physical damage caused by the disaster; and (4) any amount of any insurance settlement or other reimbursement received by the IHE including from a Federal or other relief agency. An IHE must include information responsive to each of these criteria in its pre-application. After reviewing the pre-applications, the Secretary may decide to use the number or amount of Pell Grants received at any time during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 award years, as reflected in the Department’s records, as a factor in determining the amount of the individual grants to ensure a fair distribution of funds in accordance with statutory requirements.

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Last Modified: 06/13/2014