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

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) of 2021 has allocated emergency financial aid grants called the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III 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 childcare.

Automatic Undergraduate Student Eligibility*

Some undergraduate students will automatically be awarded HEERF III grants for the fall 2021 term (no application necessary). To qualify for an automatic award, students must:

  • Be degree-seeking at Mizzou;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in the fall 2021 term at the time of disbursement of the award;
  • Have completed a 2021-22 FAFSA on file with Mizzou as of Oct. 1, 2021;
  • Have an official EFC in an eligible range as outlined in the chart below; and
  • Have NOT already received a HEERF III Grant from the Student Financial Aid office

Automatic HEERF III 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 Official EFC Range From FAFSA Estimated Award Amount* Estimated Timeline to be added to Financial Aid Account**
Undergraduate 0 – 5,846 $1,500 Thursday, October 7, 2021
Undergraduate 5,847 - 12,000 $1,200 Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Undergraduate 12,001 – 20,000 $1,000 Thursday, October 14, 2021

*Note: students who receive the automatic awards or have already received a HEERF III grant from the Student Financial Aid office are not eligible to apply for additional HEERF III funds in the fall 2021 term.

**Note: Awarding timelines are estimates of when the award will be added to the student account. It may still take 5-7 days from this date to refund to the student if they have Direct Deposit correctly setup. Students who do not have Direct Deposit should ensure their address is updated in myZou and will receive a mailed paper check that could take approximately a month to receive.

Eligibility to Apply for HEERF III Emergency Grants

All students enrolled at least half-time for the fall 2021 term that have not already received an automatic HEERF III grant may apply for HEERF III emergency student funding. To qualify for this application students must:

  • Be degree-seeking at Mizzou;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in the fall 2021 term at the time of disbursement of the award;
  • Any enrollment level may apply (i.e., Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional, Medical, Vet Med, Doctoral, Law, Post-Comp);
  • Students who received an automatic or other HEERF III student grant from the Student Financial Aid office are NOT eligible to complete this application;
  • Domestic students must have a completed 2021-22 FAFSA on file with Mizzou; and
  • International students that are not eligible to complete the FAFSA may apply and may be required to answer and/or submit additional financial information.

Application award amounts will vary from $200 to $1000 based upon a student’s need as calculated upon the student’s FAFSA for domestic students and the HEERF III application for international students. Some awards may exceed $1000, on a very limited basis, based upon exceptional need, extraordinary circumstances, and students exhausting all gift and self-help (i.e., student loans) financial aid options.

The HEERF III application is now open. Click here to apply.

The HEERF III application will close on November 15th, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 22nd, and on a rolling basis thereafter. Due to an expected high volume of applicants, it may take up to two weeks for an application to be reviewed and applied to the student’s account. Funding is limited, so not all students who apply will receive funds. Award amounts will vary based upon the volume and need of applicants.

If you or your parent/legal guardians (or spouse for an independent student) have lost your job or income since completing the 2021-22 FAFSA, we also encourage you to reach out to our Special Circumstances Response team at specialCircumstances@missouri.edu to see if we can assist you with future financial aid eligibility.

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.

Financial Management Help

If you expect to receive these funds and would like to discuss effective use of the money, we encourage you to make an appointment with the Office for Financial Success (OFS). OFS offers free and confidential financial coaching. Make an appointment using MU Connect or walk in.

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 CRRSAA (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.