The Federal Government established Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) for students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to a temporary hardship related to COVID-19.
When passed in March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established the first version HEERF. Subsequent legislation has established continued funding for HEERF with additional requirements and stipulations on how the funding was to be distributed. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Suppliemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act) passed in December of 2020 established HEERF II. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) passed in March 2021 established HEERF III. Due to the fluid and rapidly evolving nature of the response to COVID-19, criteria and covered expenses may be adjusted on a case-by-case basis as Student Financial Assistance seeks to assist students navigating unique hardships related to COVID-19. At this time, student funding for both HEERF I, II and III have been exhausted. Additional information on the status, requirements and funding can be found below.
Emergency funding made available from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Funding exhausted as of October 13, 2020.