Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II – Emergency Grants for Students

The Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021, has allocated emergency financial aid grants called the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II to assist students with exceptional need. These grants can be used toward educational costs and other emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

Undergraduate student eligibility criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident that is eligible to complete a FAFSA;
  • Have a completed 2020-21 FAFSA on file with Mizzou as of 01/26/2021;
  • Be an undergraduate degree-seeking student;
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six hours in the spring 2021 semester at Mizzou at the time of awarding; and
  • Demonstrate exceptional need based upon an official EFC from the FAFSA as of 01/26/2021.

Undergraduate students who meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be awarded in the spring 2021 term in the amounts as outlined in the chart below based upon the EFC range as calculated on the FAFSA. The Federal HEERF II Emergency Grant is awarded on a one-time basis, and is not renewable. Due to limited funding, award amounts are not negotiable at this time.

HEERF II Emergency Grants to undergraduate students will be processed through the student account and will directly refund to the student and NOT pay any outstanding charges on the student bill. We strongly encourage students to setup Direct Deposit to get funds as soon as possible.

Enrollment Type EFC Range
From FAFSA
Estimated
Award Amount
Undergraduate 0 – 12,000 $1,000
Undergraduate 12,001 - 20,000 $700

Graduate/Professional student eligibility criteria and application process:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident that is eligible to complete a FAFSA;
  • Have a completed 2020-21 FAFSA on file with Mizzou as of 01/26/2021;
  • Be a degree-seeking student;
  • Be enrolled at least half time in the spring 2021 semester at Mizzou at the time of awarding;
  • Complete an online HEERF II Emergency Grant application for consideration by March 1, 2021; and
  • Demonstrate exceptional need based upon an official EFC from the FAFSA as of 01/26/2021 and the HEERF II application.

Not all graduate/professional students who apply will receive funding, and award amounts will vary based upon the volume and needs of applicants. Applications will not begin to be reviewed until after the application closes on March 1, 2021. First priority will be given to students with lower EFCs as calculated by the FAFSA.

GRADUATE and PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS ONLY - How to Apply:

  1. Log into ScholarshipUniverse using your MU assigned pawprint (username) and password
    1. First time logging into ScholarshipUniverse you may be prompted to answer a series of matching questions, but you may skip this step for now.
  2. Click on the “Dashboard” tab on the left side of the page.
  3. Search at the top of your Dashboard for “Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II”
  4. “Apply” for and “View” the emergency grant on the Scholarship Search page.
    1. If “Apply” is not available click “View” to review the matching criteria for the grant.
      1. Reminder only Graduate/Professional students and US Citizens are eligible to apply.
      2. If needed, click the pencil icon next to your pre-loaded answer to make edits.
  5. All submitted HEERF II emergency grant applications are final once submitted, be sure to review for accuracy before submitting.

HEERF II Emergency Grants to graduate students will be processed through the student account and the student will have the choice to opt in to allow the grant to pay for charges on their student account, with any excess funds refunding to the student. We strongly encourage students to setup Direct Deposit to get funds as soon as possible.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact the Student Financial Aid Special Circumstances Review team by email at specialcircumstances@missouri.edu. Questions can be asked directly via email, or a student can leave their phone number to request a call from our Special Circumstances Response Team.

Federal CARES Act (HEERF I) Reports and Disclosures

Please review the following Report and Disclosure which outlines information regarding the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Federal CARES Act (HEERF II) Reports and Disclosures

Please review the following Report and Disclosure which outlines information regarding the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.