As you are aware, the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the University of Georgia’s operations has been severe. We are pleased to report that some relief has been provided in recent weeks through funds received from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Campus Messages regarding Financial Assistance
A follow-up message to students ineligible for HEER Fund Grant.
The resources available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund allow universities to distribute grants to students in need to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
The University of Georgia continues to provide resources for health and wellbeing, online learning and instruction, and other basic needs.
Information about how to assist your fellow students with significant financial need during these challenging times.
In response to guidance provided by the University System of Georgia (USG) with respect to refunding of housing, dining, and other fees for Spring 2020, the University of Georgia has requested and received approval from the USG to implement a Student Refund Plan for students who have paid or been assessed these fees for the Spring 2020 semester.
Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Assistance
The CARES Act provided $11.8 million to be distributed to students in need due to the COVID-19 situation. At the University of Georgia, the funds will be distributed as need-based grants, with the highest amount awarded to undergraduates who receive Federal Pell Grants. Students who may not qualify for the grant based on typical financial aid measures but who have emergency needs caused by COVID-19 disruptions can submit an appeal for a HEER Fund grant by completing the HEER Fund Appeal Application (requires UGA Single Sign-On).
The COVID-19 situation has created many scenarios in which students’ financial situations (or their families’ situations) have changed significantly. The University of Georgia has earmarked a portion of the HEER Fund allocation to be used for to awards to those students who do not qualify for a grant based on typical financial aid measures. To submit an appeal for a HEER Fund grant, students should submit the HEER Fund Appeal Application (requires UGA Single Sign-On). Students must have a valid FAFSA on file and be eligible to receive federal student financial aid to be eligible for the HEER Fund grants. To submit a FAFSA, please go to https://fafsa.ed.gov.
The well-being of our students is a top priority for UGA. However, state dollars cannot be used for student scholarship support. That is why the University recently committed $600,000 in private funds from the UGA Foundation to immediately support students facing hardships due to COVID-19. Record numbers of students are requesting emergency financial assistance, so every gift from our generous alumni helps! You can learn more about these funds in our news story about the emergency assistance.
The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the lives of many UGA students as it has so many. Some students have lost critical income from student jobs or from jobs at area employers that are temporarily closed. In other cases, students’ families are no longer able to financially support their education. By giving to student emergency funds, our donors can have a powerful, direct and immediate effect on these students’ lives—providing them the means to buy food, pay rent, receive medicine and medical care, and secure the technology they need to continue their education. Emergency funding is prioritized for students who demonstrate significant financial need and have exhausted available resources such as student loans.
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The University is offering Emergency Funds and Financial Hardship Resources to assist our students during this time. Undergraduate students in need of emergency financial assistance should submit applications to the Undergraduate Student Emergency Fund and graduate students to the Graduate Student Emergency Fund. Please visit UGA’s Financial Hardship Resources website at https://financialhardship.uga.edu/ for additional information.