On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) had been made available. This COVID relief legislation, which was signed into law in December 2020, supports an expansion of emergency funding for higher education institutions to address the effects of COVID-19.
RIT has been awarded just over $17 million and, in accordance with Federal regulations, will be distributing a minimum of $5.190 million directly to students. RIT is working on an allocation formula and expects to announce the emergency grants to students in a few weeks when the federal government releases the funding. When finalized, RIT will share how the funds will be distributed via the RIT Ready website.