The Federal Emergency Grants for fall 2021
The University of Florida was allocated funds from the https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/arp.htmlAmerican Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2. The ARP established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) to provide emergency financial aid grants. These critical funds help eligible UF students cover expenses related to unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, or other needs related to an emergency situation.
Federal Emergency Aid Grant Reporting:
The University of Florida received $44,650,958.00 on June 8, 2021 for students to fund the Federal Emergency Financial Aid Grants. The estimated total number of students potentially eligible to be considered to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants was 60,407. As of October 7, 2021, $31,757,749.28 in HEERF III funding has been disbursed to 23,983 unduplicated students.
Federal Emergency Aid Grant criteria and eligibility:
1) UF initially made federal HEERF III funds available to undergraduate, graduate and professional, online, non-degree, and withdrawn students that had submitted a FAFSA.
For these students, grant awards were tiered based on the student’s EFC. Students received an email with the link to the Federal Emergency Aid Certification Form that had to be completed.
2) Federal HEERF III funds were then made available through an online Federal Emergency Aid Application to the following groups of students:
- UF enrolled students who have not submitted a FAFSA,
- International students, and
- DACA students
These students must have completed an online Federal Emergency Aid Grant Application to be considered for an award. Award amounts were based on emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus or eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Students must provide documentation of the amounts of these expenses to be considered for the additional funding. This request can include expenses incurred back to March of 2020 if not already reimbursed in a previous award. The maximum award amount was $1000.
SFA is available to help students!
SFA can be reached via the https://onestop.em.ufl.edu/connectOneStop or by telephone at (352) 392-2244 from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday (excluding holidays and university closings). If students are experiencing any financial-aid related issues or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss financial aid options that might be available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For additional information, visit the
https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/federal-emergency-grants-faqs-fall-2021/Fall 2021 Federal Emergency Aid Grant Frequently Asked Questions.