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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Funds received by the University of Wyoming for HEERF I and HEERF II have been distributed, see below for disclosure information.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) has made some additional grants available from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III), in the form of non-reoccurring emergency grants to eligible UW students. The Act designates that the funds allocated for grants to students must be used by the student for eligible expenses under a student's federal cost of attendance, such as tuition, fees, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health care), child care, and loss or reduction of income.

In accordance with guidance issued by the United States Department of Education (USDE), UW has the discretion in determining the eligible student population and grant amounts. These funds will be distributed under two methodologies: Exceptional Financial Need and an Emergency Grant Application.

Exceptional Financial Need

Per Federal regulations, funds will be distributed prioritizing students with exceptional need. UW has defined exceptional need as follows:

  • Be seeking a degree or certificate program at UW
  • Be enrolled at UW in at least one course during the Fall 2021 semester
  • Have submitted 2021-22 FAFSA, with an official Expected Family Contribution (EFC), to UW by census
  • Have at least one (1) dollar of remaining unmet need (Cost of Attendance (COA) less EFC)

If all conditions above are met, each student will be awarded a one-time grant. The awarding formula is based on the EFC when compared against the student's COA for the term. See grid for grant amounts.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Grant Amount
$ 0 $ 1,000.00
$ 1-6,000 $  800.00
$ 6,001-20,000 $  600.00
$ 20,001+ $  400.00

Next Steps?

You will not be required to fill out an additional application to be considered. Grants will be disbursed to eligible students in late September. For details on disbursement of funds see below section.

Emergency Grant Application

Students may also be eligible for a one-time emergency grant. UW has defined eligibility for an Emergency Grant as follows:

  • Be seeking a degree or certificate program at UW
  • Be enrolled at UW in at least one course during the Fall 2021 semester

These grant funds are limited, are not guaranteed, and requests might not be granted. UW will process applications in the order in which they were received, please expect 7-10 business days for processing.

Only one application will be considered per student during the application period.

Next Steps?

To be considered, you are required to fill out an application, which will open October 1, 2021. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and will be awarded while funds are available.

Due to increased demand the application will close October 15, 2021. 

APPLY FOR AN EMERGENCY GRANT

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Eligibility

+ Does a HEERF III grant impact my eligibility for other types of financial aid?

  • No. Unlike many forms of aid, the HEERF III grants are not classified as Title IV financial aid and will not have any impact on your financial aid.

+ If I did not submit a FAFSA for 2021-22, can I still get a HEERF III grant?

  • Yes. You may complete the Emergency Grant Application for consideration.

+ If my income or financial situation has changed, can I get more emergency aid than my earlier EFC for the year would suggest?

  • No. The distribution of Exceptional Financial Need grants was calculated based on your reported EFC at census.

+ Is there a maximum amount I can get in HEERF III grants?

  • If you are eligible for more than one HEERF III methodology, the maximum you can receive in grants from HEERF III funding is a total of $3,000.

Disbursement

+ How will I get the funds from my HEERF III grant(s)?

  • Exceptional Financial Need grants will be disbursed to eligible students in late September.
  • Emergency Grant Application grants will be disbursed to selected students based on students consent to deduct balance owed selection within grant application.

+ How will I be notified if I receive a HEERF III grant(s)?

  • If you are eligible or selected for a grant, you will receive an email from UW notifying you.

+ When will I receive my grant money?

  • We will begin processing grant disbursements (distribution of funds) in late September.
  • If you have setup WyoRefunds, your grant funds will be processed electronically, you should receive it in your bank account in 2-5 business days. If not, you will be sent a check to your current mailing address on file.
    • We highly encourage you to follow these instructions to setup WyoRefunds.

Disclosure Information

+ Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) I: CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II: CRRSAA Act

+ Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III: ARP

+ Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF): Institutional Portion HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III.

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