Are Private Schools and Universities Eligible for ERC (Employee Retention Program Credits) Grant Money?

What is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?

ERC is a stimulus program designed to help small businesses that were able to retain their employees during the Covid-19 pandemic. All the benefits available to small business owners are also available to Private Schools and Universities.

Our Bottom Line Team specializes in Private Schools. We have been able to help thousands of private schools around the United States recover ERC Funds.

Established by the CARES Act, it is a refundable tax credit – a grant, not a loan – that you can claim for your private school. The ERC is available to both small and mid-sized schools. It is based on qualified wages and healthcare paid to teachers and employees of your school.

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a payroll tax refund from the United States Treasury Department applicable to private schools that kept employees on payroll during the pandemic.

The first step is to schedule a call with a reputable ERC recovery specialist.  You can do that by clicking here.

The Employee Retention Credit program, ERC. is arguably the most significant grant program in history for private schools, nonprofit organizations, and small business owners that employ 5-500 people. To not file a claim and get back some of the tax money you sent the government during covid is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. There is no need for fear as long as you are smart about who files your claim.

After your school recovers funds, you are free to use them as you see fit.  We have schools that have been able to use the funds to replace school vans, start a gymnasium building fund,  hire more teachers, and the list goes on and on. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “answer to prayer” working with private schools.

The money has been set aside and the government wants you to claim it; that is the good news.  The bad news is because the amount is significant, the number of pop-up, fly by night, suitcase companies that are trying to get in on the action have flooded the market.  The best advice we can share with those that feel they may qualify and are confused with all the misinformation in the market is to schedule a call with a credible ERC recovery firm.  For the record, every private school that has at least 5 W2 teachers and staff members we have worked with have qualified. Never, under any circustance pay upfront fees to get the recovery process started.

So the money is there, waiting for you to claim.  We have helped schools recover on average $8,000 per teacher and staff member.

The firm we recommend is BottomLine Concepts.  They have been in business since 2009 and to date, have helped over 15,000 schools and small businesses in the USA recover nearly 3 BILLION dollars in ERC Funds.  Their clients include 400 of the Top 1000 firms in the USA.   Companies like Hilton Hotels, Rolex, McDonalds, and the list goes on and on.  You can schedule a 10-minute Discovery Call with an ERC pro at a time and day that works for you by clicking here.  Depending on when you are reading this, there is a chance they have an opening today.


That is probably not true. Bottom Line reports that up to 50% of the private schools are recovering ERC Money for were initially told they were not eligible by a CPA, Attorney, or trusted and well-meaning advisor.

The truth is the program has gone through seven significant innovations since it was introduced two years ago, and unless you are doing ERC claims daily, which Bottom Line Concepts is, it is difficult to keep up with the complex filing requirements and eligibility provisions.

Even if you have been told that your school or University doesn’t qualify, is there any reason you shouldn’t schedule a ten-minute call, and get a second opinion?  When you consider we are recovering, on average, about $8,000 for every W2 teacher and employee of your school the funds from the grant can be significant.  How many W2 staff members does your school have?  Please don’t leave that money on the table.  Personally, I believe your school can provide more good to your community with the funds than normal government programs.

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