Dear Student,

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.

You are receiving this letter to provide you with some information about this fund. Based on criteria and guidance provided by the US Department of Education and on records available to UGA, you did not qualify for financial assistance from this fund.

However, based on special circumstances, a student may appeal their HEER II Fund Grant eligibility. Students may also appeal the amount awarded to them. To request an appeal, you will need to submit a HEER II Fund Appeal Application which can be found by accessing the appeal on the HEER II Fund page of the UGA Coronavirus site. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of university personnel. Appeals should be submitted by February 26, 2021. Priority consideration by the appeals committee will be for eligible students with a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at UGA by February 1, 2021. Appeals submitted after February 26 will only be considered if HEER II Funds remain available after considering all other eligible applications with FAFSAs on file by February 1.

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 the additional information and the application. Professional students should contact their programs for information on emergency resources.

Questions

  • If you have further questions about HEER, including the eligibility criteria and details about awards, you may access the HEER II Fund page of the Coronavirus site.
  • If you have questions about student financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at osfa@uga.edu.
  • If you would like to submit an appeal for a HEER Fund Grant, you will need to submit a HEER Fund Appeal Application. For additional information, please visit the HEER II Fund page of the UGA coronavirus site.