The United States Congress recently passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). As a part of this legislation, colleges and universities have been allocated federal funds in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). 

Through HEERF, Concordia has been allocated funds to provide grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 

We’ve been given parameters for distributing the emergency grants from the federal Education Department.

HEERF funds can be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

With this round of HEERF funding, students are allowed to keep the funds on their student account to pay an outstanding or future balance. Students must opt-in if they wish to leave these funds on their Concordia student account. You can opt-in here. The deadline to opt-in is July 30, 2021.

If you would rather receive the funds directly, the quickest way for you to receive your allocation of funding is by direct deposit through TouchNet. Please be sure you have an active domestic bank account set up in TouchNet designated for refunding. If you have previously set up an account, please be sure the account information is still current and correct.

Deadline to enter direct deposit information into TouchNet is July 30, 2021.

To set up direct deposit through TouchNet:

  1. Log on to CobberNet at
  2. Click on TouchNet at the top of the screen
  3. Click on “Payment Profile” from the My Profile Setup area on the right side
  4. If you have a saved payment method, click on the action button to edit and designate for refunding
  5. OR add a new payment method and designate it for refunding

If it is impossible for you to set up direct deposit through TouchNet, and you do not have an active direct deposit account in Payroll, a paper check will be mailed to your permanent home address on file. This may result in a delay in receiving funds.

If you have questions regarding TouchNet, please email the Concordia Business Office

If you have questions about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, please email the Concordia Financial Aid Office