You may have heard that the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) provided financial resources to colleges and universities. The resources available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief III (HEER III) 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 III 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 Fall semester, grants range from $750 to $1,250.

Students who qualify for grants were notified August 9, 2021 and August 24, 2021.

Appealing Your HEER III Fund Grant*

If you have special circumstances you may appeal your HEER III Fund Grant eligibility or the amount awarded to you if you did not receive the semester maximum of $1,250. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of university personnel. Appeals should be submitted by November 1, 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 August 24, 2021. Appeals submitted after November 1 will only be considered if HEER III Funds remain available. The appeal form can be found here.

HEER III to Assist with Costs Related to Experiential Learning

Students who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0-5846 as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are eligible to apply for up to $500 to help cover additional expenses related to their participation in an experiential learning program, service learning program, study abroad, or internship that fulfills their EL requirement, or student teaching or clinicals required for their program. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of university personnel. 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 August 24, 2021. Appeals will be considered as long as HEER III Funds remain available. The appeal form can be found here.

Campus Messages Regarding HEER III Fund