2021 HEERF II Emergency Relief Fund

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)  allocates funds to support individuals and businesses/organizations, including colleges and universities, affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. UT has received funds under HEERF II and is working to provide emergency assistance to students with exceptional need to help them meet their emergency financial needs during this challenging time.

Per Federal regulations, funds will be distributed to students with exceptional need as identified by their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The award amount may be used to help cover expenses related to  tuition,  materials,  technology,  food,  housing,  healthcare,  childcare, or  other emergency costs.

No Separate Application

This emergency fund is being distributed as a grant, according to the new federal guidelines. There is no separate application for the HEERF II grant. Eligible students will receive a communication via email on April 29, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

The spring 2021 HEERF II non-reoccurring emergency funds are directly distributed to undergraduate students who meet the general criteria below:

  • Pell grant eligible students who have not received CARES Act funds under the HEERF program previously will receive a non-reoccurring award of $750.
  • Pell grant eligible students who have previously received CARES Act funds under the HEERF program previously will receive a non-reoccurring award of $500.
  • Students who are not Pell grant eligible, have a family AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) of up to $65,000,  and who have not  previously received CARES Act funds will receive a non-reoccurring award of $500.
    Students must also have $1000 “remaining financial need”:
    Cost of Attendance (COA) – Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) – Gift Aid = remaining financial need (must be over $1000)

Students in the above categories must also meet these general eligibility requirements:

  • Be an enrolled undergraduate student in spring 2021
  • Be a Texas resident or non-Texas resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent non-resident
  • Have filed a 2020-21 FAFSA at time of awarding
  • Be a degree seeking student with no prior degrees completed

Distribution of Funds 

  • No additional actions need to be taken to receive these funds. Eligible students will receive an email from the University on April 29, 2021 regarding the distribution of funds.
  • Distribution of funds will begin on April 29, 2021, with refunds processed on April 30, 2021.
  • You can view these funds in “Where’s My Check” on April 30, 2021.
  • If you have direct deposit set up, the funds will then be sent to your bank in 3-5 business days after appearing in “Where’s my Check”.
  • If you do not have direct deposit set up, the funds will be mailed to you in the form of a check to the permanent address on record.

Summer 2021 and fall 2021 eligibility details will be shared as more disbursement details are provided. If you need assistance in making a spending plan or budget, contact Texas Financial Wellness at financialwellness@utexas.edu. We are here to support you with the resources you need to keep your degree plan on track to graduation.

Unfortunately, funding is not available to all students due to UT’s limited funding through HEERF II and the requirement that the university prioritize funding for students with documented exceptional need.  If you are in need of financial aid or support, please reach out to Texas One Stop at 512-232-6988 or email at  onestop@utexas.edu to see what resources are available to you.

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