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The University of Vermont has received an allocation of funding for direct student support from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), which is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). This funding is similar to the prior HEERF I CARES Act funds that the University received and used to provide CARES Act Emergency Grants to students who reported unexpected expenses due to COVID-19.
HEERF II Emergency Grants - Automatic Awards
To support our highest need students across our undergraduate, graduate and medical programs, the University of Vermont is awarding automatic grants of up to $1,000 based on the following eligibility criteria:
- Must be/have been enrolled at UVM for Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021
- Must have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file as of 3/12/21
- Expected Family Contribution from the 2020-2021 FAFSA must be $9,999 or below
- Students meeting the criteria above who have received no previous CARES Act Emergency Grant will receive a HEERF II Emergency Grant of $1,000.
- Students who previously received a CARES Act Grant of less than $1,000 and meet the eligibility criteria listed here will receive the difference up to $1,000, with a minimum grant of $100.
- Students who previously received a CARES Act Emergency Grant of $1,000 or more are ineligible for an automatic HEERF II Emergency Grant, but may apply through the HEERF II Emergency Grant Application.
Students who receive an automatic grant but who have additional financial need related to their cost of attendance and/or emergency expenses due to COVID-19 may submit the HEERF II Emergency Grant Application for further consideration.
Utilizing the criteria above allows UVM to support its highest need students, while enabling us to award a meaningful grant amount to those students. For students not eligible for an automatic grant, or who need more financial support than $1,000, please review the HEERF II Emergency Grant Application section below.
Disbursement of Automated Grants:
For students meeting the eligibility criteria for a grant of up to $1,000, UVM will disburse the grant to their student account and then refund it by direct deposit to the bank account on file.
- Students with direct deposit already set up through the Student Financial Services page within myUVM should expect the deposit in their bank account by 3/26/21.
- Students without direct deposit set up yet with SFS will receive an email notice with instructions on how to set it up for this refund. Such students should set up direct deposit by 4/2/21, and if they do, can expect the deposit of their grant by 4/12/21.
- Students who do not set up a direct deposit account by 4/2/21 will have their HEERF II Emergency Grant mailed as a check to their permanent address on file with UVM.
HEERF II Emergency Grant Application (All UVM Students May Apply)
The application for HEERF funding is closed at this time as we await additional funding and guidelines regarding that funding. Please check back here frequently for up-to-date information.
We understand that there are many students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for an automatic grant as outlined in the section above, but who still have significant financial needs due to COVID-19. We also know that some students have incurred expenses beyond $1,000 for which they have financial need. Thus, a portion of the HEERF II student support funds will be allocated to students based on an application process.
Who can apply?
- Any UVM student with financial need due to their costs associated with enrollment and/or due to emergency expenses related to COVID-19 may apply for a HEERF II Emergency Grant. Students may apply even if they have received a CARES Act Grant and/or HEERF II Automated Grant, but the amount of their request may not include any expenses or costs that have been covered by other financial assistance.
- The FAFSA is NOT required in order to receive a HEERF II Emergency Grant.
- To receive a HEERF II Emergency Grant, students must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen. Students not meeting this criteria but who have financial need related to their cost of attendance and/or emergency expenses related to COVID-19, may still fill out the application in order to be considered for any other sources of funding that may become available.
Award decisions for those who submit a HEERF II Emergency Grant Application will be made on a rolling basis, with consideration for the amount requested and the overall amount available to award.
HEERF II Emergency Grant Application - please note that this may only be completed by students, and only once per student.
The HEERF II Emergency Grant Application is currently closed. Please check back frequently for up-to-date information.
Disbursement of grants based on the HEERF II Emergency Grant Application:
- Any student applying for a grant needs to set up a direct deposit account through the Student Financial Services page within myUVM. Grant decisions will be made within 3 weeks of application submission. Any amount awarded will be processed as a direct deposit to the bank account on file with SFS.
Support for International, DACA and Undocumented Students
Institutions are not able to award HEERF II Emergency Grants to international, DACA, or undocumented students. Such students may still complete the HEERF II Emergency Grant Application if they meet the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or medical program at UVM
- Have had emergency expenses related to COVID-19, which may include housing, food, health care, mental health care, or child care, or need additional financial assistance to cover their cost of enrollment at UVM.
For international, DACA or undocumented students, the HEERF II Emergency Grant Application will be used to determine if there are any other sources of aid available to assist.
HEERF II Emergency Grant Application - please note that this application may only be submitted by students, and only once per student.
How You May Use Your HEERF II Emergency Grant
What expenses can I pay with my HEERF II Grant?
- Students who receive a HEERF II Emergency Grant through either the automated process and/or the application may use the funds to cover any portion of their cost of attendance at UVM or to cover emergency expenses that have arisen due to COVID-19, such as housing, food, health care, mental health care, and child care.
What if I need to use my HEERF II Emergency Grant to pay my outstanding balance to UVM?
- HEERF II Emergency Grants are being issued directly to students by direct deposit or check. These grants will not be applied toward any outstanding balance that may exist on a student's account, so that balance will still exist after the grant is received.
- If you receive a grant and wish to use it for an outstanding balance due to UVM, please make an electronic check payment through myUVM.
Will the HEERF II Emergency Grant impact my financial aid eligibility?
- HEERF II Emergency Grants are not considered financial aid and do not impact a student's current or future eligibility for financial aid.