Application and Requirements

The University of Iowa will be receiving 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).

You will be notified through the COVID-19 campus update emails when the HEERF II grant application is available on MyUI

To be eligible to apply for a HEERF II grant:

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 for maximum financial aid options.

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. 

You will have the option to apply the funds to your U-Bill or have them refunded 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.