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HEERF Emergency Grant

The HEERF Emergency Grant application is available in MyMav for students currently enrolled in the Summer 2021 semester.

The HEERF Emergency grant application for the Fall 2021 semester will be available in mid-August.

What is the the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation?
This new federal law provides the U.S. Department of Education funds to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of the coronavirus. UTA received an allocation of funds through the HEERF Act.

What is a HEERF Emergency Grant? 
The grants are for students who have experienced additional expenses due to COVID-19. The HEERF Act directs universities to prioritize students who demonstrate high need when awarding funds. 

Emergency grant funds can help students pay educationally related expenses including tuition, fees, and books, as well as expenses for childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses.

Who is eligible for HEERF Emergency Grant Funds?

  • Students who are enrolled at UTA as an undergraduate or graduate student, and
  • Students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Students are highly encouraged to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA, but if not, they will be asked to explain their exceptional financial need on the online application.
  • Starting with the Summer 2021 semester, the U.S. Department of Education now allow HEERF Emergency Grants to be awarded to international students and undocumented students.
  • Federal guidelines encourage universities to prioritize undergraduate, domestic students in allocating funds. This includes citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers and similar undocumented students.

How can I apply for a HEERF Emergency Grant?
To be considered for a grant, eligible students must fill out an online application form, located in their MyMav Account. Click on the ‘MyForms’ tile, located on the UTA Student Homepage within MyMav, then click on the ‘Fill Out a New Form’ button.

To have access to the application, eligible students must be registered for at least one course for that given semester.

When will HEERF Act Emergency Grants be available?
HEERF Emergency Grant Funds will be available for the Summer 2021 semester starting in June 2021. Funds will be available for the Fall 2021 semester starting in August 2021. Funds will be available for the Spring 2022 semester starting in January 2022.

How much money will be awarded to individual students through HEERF Emergency Grants during the 2021-2022 Aid year?

Population Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022*
Traditional students $1,200 $2,000 $2,000*
Exclusively On-line AO $700 $1,200 $1,200*

Note: All eligible students must apply each semester they are enrolled.

*HEERF award amounts for the Spring 2022 semester may be subject to change, based on available funding at the time of awarding.

How many students will receive assistance?
UTA estimates it will be able award funds to approximately 12,000 students, based on its existing financial aid data. This figure reflects readily available financial need information, such as the federal Expected Family Contribution calculation (EFC), loss of employment, foster care status, veteran financial need data and the applicant pool for the Emergency Assistance Fund.

Will everyone who applies receive a HEERF Emergency Grant?
No. While generous, the amount of grant funds awarded to UTA is not sufficient to support all students. UTA is following federal eligibility criteria. Students must demonstrate exceptional financial need to be considered.

We have developed a plan to help as many students as possible while still awarding an amount that is meaningful. Students with the highest demonstrated financial need will be given priority.

If I receive a HEERF Emergency Grant, am I eligible to receive additional HEERF Emergency grants for future semesters?
Yes. Based on available funding, eligible students will be able to apply for HEERF Emergency Grant funds at the beginning of each semester (Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022).

How will UTA disburse the funds?
The awards will be made through the usual student refund process. The funds may pay any existing balances with consent of the recipient. Students will indicate on the HEERF Emergency Grant application if they wish to pay any current balance they owe to UTA or if they wish to have the funds refunded directly to them. All refunds will be distributed either through direct deposit to the recipient’s personal bank account or via the check reimbursement method that is on file with UTA.

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Will UTA take into consideration a student’s academic standing?
Yes. UTA will focus on students who are in good standing and on track to finish their degrees. The University does not intend to disburse awards to students who are not in good academic standing.

Are emergency relief funds available to undocumented or international students?

Starting with the Summer 2021 semester, the U.S. Department of Education now allows HEERF Emergency Grants to be awarded to international students and undocumented students.

Federal guidelines encourage universities to prioritize undergraduate, domestic students in allocating funds. This includes citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers and similar undocumented students.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions regarding the HEERF Emergency Grant?

Students should contact the UTA Office of Financial Aid with any additional questions by calling 817-272-3561 or emailing heerfgrant@uta.edu.