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, grants range from $500 to $1,000. Recipients of a Spring grant who also enroll for Summer will be eligible for another grant with the amount ranging from $300 – $500.
Students who qualify for grants were notified February 8, 2021.
Appealing Your HEER II Fund Grant*
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 II Fund allocation to be used for appeal applications from those students who have exceptional needs.
To apply for those grants, follow the link below. Students are strongly encouraged to have a valid FAFSA on file.
This is also the process to use if you did not receive a HEER II Fund Grant but would like to be considered.
If you were enrolled during Spring 2021 and you have exceptional needs or expenses related to the pandemic, you may appeal the amount or eligibility for HEER II Fund grants. Be sure UGA has received your valid 2020-21 FAFSA by February 1, 2021 and complete the HEER II Fund Grant Appeal Application by February 26, 2021 for priority consideration of funds. Appeal applicants will be notified the week of March 3 of the appeal committee’s decision.
Appeals applications submitted after February 26 will be considered if funds remain. Keep in mind the total amount of HEER Fund monies a student can receive is $1,500 ($1,000 Spring/$500 Summer), even with an appeal. For detailed information on HEER II Fund eligibility, and other required consumer information related to HEER Fund Grants, please visit OSFA’s COVID-19 site.