Dear Student,

You are receiving this email because you qualify for financial assistance through the Higher Education Emergency Relief II (HEER II) Fund based on criteria established by the US Department of Education.

You may have heard that the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) provided financial resources to colleges and universities. The resources available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief II (HEER II) Fund allow universities to distribute grants to students in need to cover any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

The amount of each HEER II Fund Grant is based on eligibility for need-based federal financial aid and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For Spring semester you qualify for a $1,000 grant, which is the maximum for the semester. To help with emergency costs in the summer, if you also enroll at UGA for at least one of the Summer sessions, you will be eligible for another grant in the amount of $500.

For students enrolled in the Spring semester, the first payment will be processed beginning the week of February 15. For students enrolled for both Spring 2021 and one of the Summer 2021 sessions, the second payment will be processed beginning the week of June 14.

Here are five important details to keep in mind:

  • You must be enrolled at the University of Georgia to continue to receive your funds (e.g., if you graduate in May, you would only receive the spring payment but not the summer payment).
  • The maximum amount any student can receive from the payments is a combined total of $1,500.
  • You will receive grant funds through the refund profile you established with UGA Student Account Services. HEER II Fund grants will be paid directly to you: even if you owe a balance to the university, the grant will be paid directly to you to help offset COVID-19 related expenses. To establish/review your refund profile, please log into ATHENA and go to Access Student Account. For detailed instructions on how to establish or update your refund profile, please see the refund profile setup instructions.
  • This grant does not affect your other financial aid awards. You will continue to receive any federal, state, institutional, or private financial aid for which you are eligible without that eligibility being reduced because of the HEER II Fund Grant.

In addition to the HEER II Fund, should you need emergency financial resources, the UGA Student Emergency Fund is available to provide limited, one-time financial assistance to enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation, such as an accident, illness, death of a family member, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstance. Undergraduate students should go here, and graduate students should go here for additional information and the application. Professional students should contact their programs for information on emergency resources.

If you have questions about the HEER II Fund, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at osfa@uga.edu.