Application and Requirements
The application is now closed. Applicants will be notified within three weeks if funds were approved.
The University of Iowa has received additional funds from the most recent stimulus package to distribute to students during the spring 2021 semester. In 2020, the funding was provided through the CARES Act (Public Law 116-136) and was referred to as the CARES Act Emergency Grant.
This new funding for 2021 is through the Higher Education Emergency Relief funds and is being referred to as HEERF II funds. Since this is a different funding bill there are different rules. Schools are required by the Department of Education to prioritize students with exceptional financial need. Therefore, students will only be allowed to apply for these funds if they demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution).
The application opened on March 15, 2021 and closed on March 31, 2021.
To be eligible to apply for a HEERF II grant:
- The Office of Student Financial Aid must have received your completed 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- You must demonstrate financial need based on your FAFSA
- You must not have scholarships and grants that meet your full 2020-2021 cost of attendance
- You must be enrolled in Spring 2021 classes
- You must be a US citizen or an eligible noncitizen
You may apply for funds to assist with any component of your cost of attendance or any emergency costs resulting from COVID-19.
You are encouraged to monitor your email for information on when the application is available. Funds are limited so there will be a deadline to submit the application. If you have not filed the 2020-2021 FAFSA, you should do so immediately.
The following factors may be used when reviewing applications:
- Financial need
- Federal Pell Grant eligibility
- Federal Direct Stafford (subsidized/unsubsidized) loan usage
If you have already submitted your 2020-2021 FAFSA, view your Financial Aid To Do List to see if any additional steps are needed. If you were selected for Federal Verification you should submit all required verification and tax documents to your Financial Aid To Do List as soon as possible for maximum HEERF consideration.
Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applying does not guarantee approval of funds. Due to the volume of applications, the review may take up to three weeks after the close of the application.
HEERF amounts were based on the number of applications and eligible students, as well as financial need, Pell Grant eligibility, and loan usage. All grant amounts are final as all funds have been awarded.
The funds will be disbursed to you by direct deposit or check. If no direct deposit account is listed in MyUI, a check will be mailed to the residing address listed in MyUI and can take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive.