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HEERF II Emergency Grant

What is the the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) 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 II 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 II Emergency Grant Funds

  • Students who are enrolled in at least 6 hours for undergraduate students, or 5 hours for graduate students, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who demonstrates exceptional financial need. Students are highly encouraged to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA, but if not, they will be asked to explain their exceptional financial need on the online application.
  • The U.S. Department of Education does not allow HEERF II Emergency Grants to be awarded to international students or undocumented students.

How can I apply for a HEERF II 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.

If I have a financial need but I am ineligible for a HEERF II Emergency Grant, what can I do?
If you are a student from one of these ineligible groups, you should consider applying for help through the UTA Emergency Assistance Fund.

When will HEERF II Act Emergency Grants be available?
HEERF II Emergency Grant Funds are now available for the spring 2021 semester.

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 II 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 II Emergency Grant, am I eligible to receive additional HEERF II Emergency grants for future semesters?
A student can only apply for funding once, but based on available funding, an eligible student may receive funds during multiple semesters. The maximum amount per student is $2,000 total ($1,000 maximum per semester).

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 II 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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How much money will be awarded to individual students through HEERF II Emergency Grants?

Population

Full Time

12+ Hours UGRD

9+ Hours GRAD

Part Time

6-11 Hours UGRD

5-8 Hours GRAD

Less than Half Time

1-5 Hours UGRD

1-4 Hours GRAD

Traditional students $1,000 $500 $0
Exclusively On-line AO $600 $300 $0

If I already received the CARES Act Emergency Grant for the Spring 2021 semester, can I receive a HEERF II Emergency Grant for the Spring 2021 semester?

In an effort to award emergency grants to as many students as possible, students who have already received the CARES Act Emergency Grant for the Spring 2021 semester will not be given first priority for these new HEERF II Emergency Grant funds. However, we do encourage all eligible students to complete the HEERF II Emergency Grant application. That way, you can be considered for funding if additional funds are available in the future for this population of students.

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.

What emergency relief funds are available for undocumented or international students?
Please know, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow HEERF II Emergency Grants to be awarded to international students or undocumented students. Students who are not eligible to apply for HEERF II funds may apply for assistance through UTA’s Emergency Assistance Fund.

Will there be HEERF II Emergency Grant funds for 2021-2022?
Currently, our plan is to assist as many students as possible with immediate needs. Beginning with the summer 2021 semester, students are eligible for assistance for the 2021-2022 academic year. The application will be available in late spring.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions regarding the HEERF II 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.