Office of the Postsecondary Education
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - Submitter/Editor Information Reporting Requirements (EA ID: OPE Announcements-21-03)

As part of your institution’s compliance with the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant program, as authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), institutions are required to submit the names and email addresses of those individuals on campus, referred to as a Submitter and an Editor, tasked with the submission of their HEERF Annual Report through our Annual Report Data Collection System. Institutions without a designated Submitter and/or Editor will be unable to complete their HEERF Annual Report, making this information critical to the reporting process. This requirement was communicated via email to three individuals on each campus (President/CEO, IPEDS Keyholder, and HEERF Student Portion Project Director) in November and December of 2020, with a due date for these informational submissions set on January 8th, 2021.

If your institution is identified as not in compliance with providing HEERF Annual Report Submitter/Editor Information. This announcement is to reiterate the obligations and describe enforcement steps, should your school be in non-compliance.

Next enforcement steps

If we do not hear from your institution, the Department, at its discretion, may take appropriate enforcement action. This may include not prioritizing your institution for supplemental section 314(a)(1) awards under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and/or receiving awards with a restriction on your ability to drawdown those funds (stop payment status) until the institution has satisfied its CARES Act HEERF reporting obligations.

If you have questions about the reporting requirements, please call 1-888-OPEPD-10 (888-673-7310) or by email at HEERFannual@ed.gov of Annual Report Submitter/Editor details.