Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Federal funds provided to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides emergency financial aid grants for college students who are experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus. Students who are affected by the pandemic should submit the UTSA Emergency Aid Application and indicate the request is related to COVID-19.
Federal guidance stipulates students must meet the following eligibility to receive these funds:
- Enrolled at UTSA for the Spring 2021 semester
- Have a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA on file
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen*
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
- Not in default for any default loans or have financial aid holds
Students cannot be solely in an Online Program
*International students and undocumented students are still encouraged to apply for Emergency Aid at UTSA. Funding for these students will be provided through institutional grants based on funding availability.
These funds are intended to help students cover expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic such as:
|Food||Food-related expenses include paying for groceries due to loss of income related to COVID-19.|
|Housing||Housing-related expenses include covering the costs of housing displacement or relocation due to COVID-19.|
|Course||Course-related expenses include paying for additional materials or software needed due to courses moving to an online/virtual modality. This does not include prior balances owed to the university or grant aid to pay for tuition and fees currently outstanding.|
|Technology||Technology-related expenses include paying for internet, a computer, wifi, web-camera, equipment due to courses moving to an online/virtual modality.|
|Healthcare||Healthcare-related expenses include doctor visits, prescriptions or test/lab results due to COVID-19 symptoms.|
|Child-care||Child care-related expenses include finding alternate childcare due to loss of income related to COVID-19 or loss of childcare support due to COVID-19.|