Tom Segar, vice president for Student Affairs, wrote in a message to students on February 18, 2021, that IUP is pleased to announce the receipt of new emergency federal funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Over $5 million is being allocated in student grants to those who qualify.

Federal guidelines for disbursing these funds require universities to prioritize students with “exceptional need” who are US citizens or eligible non-citizens enrolled in a Title IV (federal financial aid) eligible degree or clock-hour certificate program. The results of the 2020–21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be used to determine financial need and the award amount. No additional application is required. Students who have not submitted a 2020–21 FAFSA can still do so on the Federal Student Aid website. Students must have a completed FAFSA on file with IUP by March 17, 2021, for consideration.

The breakdown of allocations is available on the CRRSAA web page.

If you have a FAFSA on file and you qualify for CRRSAA funding, you can expect to see the grant in your university student account by February 26. CRRSAA funds will not be used to reduce any balance on your university account.

You will receive these funds through direct deposit or paper check. Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your funds once they have been applied to your university account. If you have not already done so, you can sign up for direct deposit on the “finances” tab in MyIUP. Paper checks will be mailed to your address of record at IUP.

Students who file a FAFSA between today and March 17 who qualify for the CRRSAA funding will receive funding on a rolling basis as long as CRRSAA funds remain.

More information about CRRSAA funding and an explanation of how funds will be distributed are available on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act web page. If you have specific questions, you can email