HEERF Aid Application
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.
UTSA received additional federal emergency relief funds to support our students who continue to be impacted by COVID-19 to help cover education-related expenses such as (but not limited to) paying any current UTSA balance, tuition and fees, housing, food, computer, textbooks, etc. Each application will be reviewed within 7-10 business days. Please note that funds are limited and that receiving funds are not guaranteed.
To request HEERF funds:
- Student must be enrolled in UTSA for the semester they are seeking funds
- Sutdent must describe an exceptional need for funds
- Submit the below HEERF Application below
Report and Disclosure
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Report and Disclosure
As of February 1, 2021
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of education the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020, and gives the assurance that UTSA has used more than 50% of funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- The total amount of funds UTSA received on May 1, 2020, from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution to students is $14,828,444.
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of February 1, 2021 is $14,828,444.
- The estimated total number of students at UTSA eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act is 21,486*.
*The number of eligible students excludes those ineligible for Title IV aid (e.g., non-degree seeking students, non U.S. citizens, not meeting satisfactory academic progress, not in default for any federal student loans) as well as those enrolled exclusively in online programs prior to March 13, 2020, which the U.S. Department of Education deemed ineligible to receive CARES Act funds
- The total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 15,304
- The methods used to determine which and how much students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows. UTSA created an online grant application in which each student indicated: 1) whether they had been impacted financially by the Coronavirus, 2) whether they submitted a FAFSA or completed the attestation certification on the online emergency aid application and 3) what specific financial needs they have in each area (food related expenses, housing related expenses, course related expenses, technology related expenses, health/child care related expenses). The Financial Aid & Scholarships office evaluated the applications based on the information provided, and they awarded funds based on each student’s identified needs and the availability of funding. Provided that the students were eligible to receive funds and identified legitimate needs, grants of up to $1,500 were automatically approved for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. To ensure the availability of funds for as many needy students as possible, mid-level managers and senior administrators reviewed requests exceeding $1,500 to determine the necessity for and feasibility of providing larger awards. For Fall 2020 students who had not previously received CARES funding in Spring or Summer 2020 will receive a maximum of $600. Students who previously received CARES in Spring or Summer 2020 and who request additional funding in Fall will receive a maximum of $300. To assist students who are still experiencing difficulties due to the pandemic, we increased the grant amount for Spring 2021 up to $3620 based on students’ identified needs and the availability of funding, provided that the students were eligible to receive the funds.
- The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by UTSA to all students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants are:
HEERF CARES Institutional Reporting
Here is our HEERF CARES Institutional Reporting from inception through September 30, 2020.
Here is our HEERF CARES Institutional Reporting from October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Here is our HEERF CARES Institutional Reporting from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021.