Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) I, II and III Data Collection Form

ICR 202106-1840-002

OMB: 1840-0850

Federal Form Document

ICR Details
1840-0850 202106-1840-002
Received in OIRA 202012-1840-003
ED/OPE ED-2021-SCC-0093
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) I, II and III Data Collection Form
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 10/07/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 12/31/2023
4,879 5,170
195,160 31,020
0 0

This information collection requests approval for a revision to a previously approved collection that includes annual reporting requirements for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) program and obtains information on how the funds were used. Under the current unprecedented national health emergency, the legislative and executive branches of government have come together to offer relief to those individuals and industries affected by the COVID-19 virus under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Targeted relief to institutions of higher education (IHEs) has been made available under the HEERF program. HEERF, originally established by Section 18004(a) of the CARES Act, Pub.L. 116-136 (March 27, 2020) and expanded through CRRSAA and ARP, authorizes the Secretary of Education to allocate formula grant funds to participating IHEs to address impacts of the COVID-19 virus.

PL: Pub.L. 116 - 136 18004(a)(1) Name of Law: CARES Act
PL: Pub.L. 117 - 2 2003 Name of Law: American Rescue Plan

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 33243 06/24/2021
86 FR 55832 10/07/2021

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 4,879 5,170 0 0 -291 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 195,160 31,020 165,886 0 -1,746 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
This is a revision to the current collection package for the HEERF Data Collection Form. There is a burden increase of 165,886 hours due to additional information being collected in light of the enactment of new statutes (CRRSAA and ARP), which added funds to HEERF. This has resulted in an increase from six to 40 hours per response. There is also a decrease in the numbers of responses and burden hours due to an adjustment in the Department’s estimated number of respondents. Based on data from actual submissions to date, the Department expects the number of responses to decrease by 291 from the current estimate, with a corresponding decrease of 1,746 burden hours. Overall, these changes result in an increase in burden hours (+164,140) and a decrease in respondents (-291) compared to the currently approved collection.

Karen Epps 202 453-6337


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
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    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
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