What is HEERF funding?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants (HEERF-student share) for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Who qualifies for HEERF funding?
There are no specific requirements to receive HEERF funding. However, priority will be given to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants.
The HEERF III funds can be awarded to online students as well. Eligible student groups include citizens, permanent residents, international students, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students.