COVID Relief Funds for Students


Last Updated: September 2, 2021

On March 11th, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, was signed into law which authorized the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). The HEERF III requirements allow institutions to assist eligible students with all educationally related expenses.

ARP Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) Grant Authorization

Emergency funding through the ARP HEERF III Grant is available to be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19. Please be aware that HEERF III funding is limited but is available to all students regardless of federal aid eligibility. HEERF III Grant Distribution Authorization is now available. Students were notified of Authorization availability via AceNotes, University email, and digital signage. Students are able to submit authorization and those with authorization on file by September 10th, 2021, will be in the first group for distribution. Students will receive email reminders to complete process by this deadline.

HEERF III funds are being distributed to eligible students in a tiered approach based on their enrollment status and 2021-22 FAFSA submission, if applicable.

The Authorization will allow students to enter/confirm their bank information (routing number and account number) through Web Advisor Fund Distribution Authorization to ensure timely receipt of any grant funds disbursed. Do NOT enter debit card information.

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Do I have to repay HEERF III grant funds?
These funds are a grant, not a loan. There is no requirement to repay the grant funds.
Will this funding reduce my financial aid?
This is a one-time grant that does not reduce financial aid.
How will the HEERF III grant impact my taxes?
As with all financial assistance, federal grants received will have separate and unique tax consequences for your individual federal tax return. Visit the IRS website for more information.
Where can I go if I have more questions?
If you have any additional questions, please email
Ridgway University Center

Reporting data as of September 1, 2021

  1. The University of Evansville acknowledges that we have signed and returned the Certification and Agreement. UE will use no less than 50% of the funds as emergency grants to students.

  2. Total amount of funds we will receive or have received from the Department for emergency grants for students totals $2,215,117.

  3. Total amount of ARP emergency grant funds distributed to date is $6,110.

  4. The estimated total number of enrolled students who are eligible for emergency grants for students is currently 1900.

  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency grant under ARP totals 5.

  6. Grants are distributed in a tiered approach based upon enrollment status and/or emergency need and the results of the 2021-22 FAFSA submission, if applicable. Funds are distributed to students who were registered in the Fall 2021 semester and eligible at that time.

  7. Instructions related to the emergency grants are provided on the website and were sent in an email to eligible students.

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