HEERF III

The University of Iowa has received additional funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to distribute to students who are enrolled during the 2021-2022 academic year and have exceptional financial need.

Spring 2022 will be the last HEERF grants distributed from the Office of Student Financial Aid as all federal HEERF money will have been spent. We do not anticipate the federal government distributing any additional HEERF money.

Eligibility Requirements for HEERF III

U.S. citizens and FAFSA eligible non-citizens:

  • You must have a valid 2021-2022 FAFSA
    • For Spring 2022, we recommend you submit your FAFSA by February 18, 2022 for HEERF consideration. The FAFSA must be fully completed to be considered.
  • You must be enrolled in Spring 2022 classes
  • You must not have scholarships, grants, and/or fellowships that meet your 2021-2022 cost of attendance
  • Undergraduate students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $20,000 or less
  • Graduate and professional students must have an EFC of $5,846 or less and do not have a research or teaching assistantship of quarter-time or more
  • Your EFC must not be greater than your estimated cost of attendance
  • There is no HEERF application required; students who meet the above eligibility criteria will receive the grant.

International, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), undocumented, and other non-U.S. citizens:

  • You must submit an application to explain your financial need. The application for Spring 2022 closed on March 2, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.
    • You may apply for funds to assist with any component of your cost of attendance or any emergency costs resulting from COVID-19
    • You must be enrolled in Spring 2022 classes
    • You must not have scholarships, grants, and/or fellowships that meet your 2021-2022 cost of attendance
    • Graduate and professional students must not have a research or teaching assistantship of quarter-time or more
    • Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and review can take up to three weeks.
  • You do not need to complete the FAFSA to be considered for HEERF III.

Additional Information

U.S. citizens and FAFSA eligible non-citizens who haven’t filed a 2021-2022 FAFSA should do so as soon as possible to be considered for HEERF III. If you have already submitted your 2021-2022 FAFSA, view your Financial Aid To Do List to see if any additional steps are needed for maximum HEERF consideration. Incomplete financial aid forms may prevent students from qualifying for HEERF III.

Students who have an EFC above the eligible range and have experienced a significant reduction in income (student or parent) since 2019 should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

HEERF III funds are limited and not guaranteed. Spring 2022 HEERF III funds will be distributed in March.