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HEERF Emergency Grant

All HEERF III Emergency Grant funds for the Fall 2021 semester have been awarded. Students will be notified if additional funding becomes available in the future.

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)?

Federal actions establishing and renewing the HEERF provide 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 has received funds through HEERF I, established by the CARES Act in March 2020; HEERF II, established by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in Dec. 2020; and HEERF III, established by the American Rescue Plan in March 2021.

How are HEERF III funds being allocated to students?

Like with HEERF I and II, UTA will use the Student Aid Portion of the HEERF III funds to designate emergency grants for students who have experienced additional expenses due to COVID-19.

Different from HEERF I and II, HEERF III has allocated and authorized the Institutional Portion to be used to dispatch student account balances that meet criteria established by the UTA Maverick Relief Program.

What is a HEERF Emergency Grant?

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?

Eligible undergraduate and graduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 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.

How can I apply for a HEERF Emergency Grant?

All HEERF III Emergency Grant funds for the Fall 2021 semester have been awarded, so the application is not currently available.

If additional funds become available in the future, 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.

When will HEERF Act Emergency Grants be available?

Funds were available for the Fall 2021 semester starting in August 2021. All HEERF III Emergency Grant funds for the Fall 2021 semester have been awarded at this time.

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

Population Fall 2021
Traditional students $2,000
Exclusively On-line AO $1,200


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-funded 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 and Fall 2021).

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.

UTA recommends direct deposit for students. It is the most secure, reliable and convenient method for receiving your money. Watch this tutorial to learn how to sign up.

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