The application process for summer semester Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III) has concluded. Student Financial Services received approximately 3,400 applications for assistance from VCU students.
The HEERF III online application to be considered for fall 2021 funding will open on August 16, 2021 at noon. Please check back and apply at that time.
VCU received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III) as authorized by the American Rescue Plan of 2021. A limited number of student grants for financial assistance related to the coronavirus pandemic were made available to all students enrolled in the summer 2021 semester.
Grants could be requested for the following expenses:
CARES Act funds and Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II) are no longer available.
VCU received $20,288,998 in HEERF II funding, of which $10,144,499 was designated to provide student grants for financial assistance related to the coronavirus pandemic. While the online application process has concluded, we had a great response from students requesting funds. We are delighted to have been able to assist approximately 5,500 students.
International, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or undocumented students
VCU had limited emergency need-based grant funds for international, DACA or undocumented students. Due to an overwhelming response for funds, we are no longer accepting applications. We will review applications that have already been submitted.
HEERF II funds were used to assist VCU students with the following:
The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act made funding available to colleges and universities to assist eligible students who were impacted by on-campus COVID-19 financial disruption. VCU received CARES Act funds in the amount of $20,288,998. $10,144,499 out of $20,288,988 was allocated for emergency financial aid grants to students. The estimated total number of students at the institution who were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant was 19,050.
Funding for the COVID Relief Bill
In regards to the COVID Relief Bill that was passed in December of 2020, which also allocates federal funds to institutions of higher education, the university has not received an exact date from the Department of Education when funding will be made available. We encourage you to remain diligent in checking your VCU email for additional updates.
The Federal CARES Act, Section 18004, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, allowed schools to consider students for federal emergency financial aid grants for: expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing course materials, technology (including the purchase or replacement of a personal computer), health care and child care.
Federal funding for the Emergency Relief Grant was limited and awarded to eligible students meeting the consideration criteria.
The Federal Emergency Relief Grant program may likely not meet your full financial need.
This was a one-time grant and is not renewable.
VCU has signed a Certification and Agreement with the Department of Education to use no less than 50 percent of funds under Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and will submit an initial 30-day Fund Report, then every 45 days, and currently every quarter thereafter.
|Date||Undergraduate students awarded||Undergraduate grants awarded ($)||Graduate students awarded||Graduate grants awarded ($)|
*This information will be updated every quarter.
For select students meeting Section 484 of the Higher Education Act, CARES Act funds were used to assist VCU students with the following: