COVID-19 Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-III (ARP Funding /HEERF-III)

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319)

February 16, 2022:

The final decision for ARP funding has been approved.

All enrolled students will receive funding.  The funding levels are as follows:

FAFSA EFC AY 21-22 Amount of funding awarded:
0 $1000
<10000 $850
<20000 $700
<30000 $600
<40000 $550
40000-99999999 $450
NO FAFSA/NO EFC $350

We will begin applying funding this week, keep in mind the following:

  • EFC changes will only be considered as funding allows
  • You will have limited time to cash/deposit paper checks which must be mailed
  • Lost or expired checks is the responsibility of the student
  • We will process direct deposits first and checks in subsequent weeks based on alphabet.
  • Each student will see a credit on the student account and a subsequent entry once the refund is processed.
  • If you want to use these funds toward the balance, you will need to make a payment after you have received the funding.

January 6, 2022:

UAH will be awarding the remaining portion of HEERF III Allocations during Spring 2022.  The committee will convene and make recommendations for distribution after January 18.

We will not have any additional information until the committee work is complete.

Fall 2021 funding is closed and cannot be processed.

If you do not have a direct deposit on file, checks are automatically processed and mailed.

May 11 , 2021:

In addition to the two previous award amounts, UAH has been notified that we will receive a third allocation of 8,408,518 from the HEERF III Allocations for Public and Nonprofit Institutions under ARP section 2003(a)(1) for Student Aid Portion (CFDA 84.425E Allocation).

UAH acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

UAH will notify eligible students as soon as the funding distribution is decided.

  • Minimum Amount for Student Aid Portion (CFDA 84.425E Allocation) $ 8,408,518

  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).

    • ZERO for ARP - see previous posts for prior grants under COVID funding.
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    • 9633 enrolled for fall 2021

      5126 enrolled previously and were not eligible

  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.  Applications were processed at 8 am on Monday, August 30.  If you applied after that date, your application will be processed next week.

    • 2663 students were processed for direct payment; those students will have two entries on their student account.  One entry will be the applied credit and the subsequent entry moves the credit to a refund.
    • 900 students were processed to credit toward the student account.  The credit will be applied to charges and if a credit balance exists we will process it as a refund.
  • The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    • Enrolled for fall 2021
      • EFC RANGE Award Amount
        0-5846 $1,000
        5847-15000 $875
        15001-50000 $750
        50001-9999999 $500
        NONE $375
    • Enrolled in prior semester without the opportunity to apply where possible - eligibility determined at awarding. 
      • Amounts are being reviewed and applications are in progress.
      • Update October 19, 2021 - UAH has processed a payment of $500 to 490 students previously enrolled (not enrolled Fall 2021) who were not offered the opportunity to apply for CARES funding where possible - eligibility determined at awarding.   Students who received only Spring 2021 funding were included as those were awarded through a matrix and not applications.
  •  For clarity - actual applicable criteria-

    Utilizing EFC meets Pell and financial need criteria.

    PRIOR Enrolled, not eligible for CARES – excluding HEERF II since an application was not used:  $500

    Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    • Posted below and emailed to students
    • September 30, 2021 Update:

    • 3563 Students Awarded
    • $2,548,475.85 paid to date
    • Prior CARE AND HEERFII
    • Detail Code Sum of Payment Count of Students ID
      CAR2 aka HEERF II  $   2,839,756 3870
      CARE  $   225,950 904
    • December 31, 2021 Update:

    • 4814 Students Awarded ARP
    • $3,259,976 paid to date

    • Prior CARE AND HEERFII from Spring 2021
    • Detail Code Sum of Payment Count of Students ID
      CAR2 aka HEERF II  $   2,839,879 3871
      CARE  $   225,950 904
     

    March 31, 2022 Update:

  • Totals to date
    Detail Code Title 

    Students

    paid by fund

    Amount  
    CAR0 HEERF III (ARP) 1540 953750  
    CAR2 HEERF II (CRRSAA) 4774 2839879  
    CAR3 HEERF III (ARP) 9016 7058225.85  
    CARE HEERF I (CARES) 2297 2839879  
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    • FAQ:

  • Who is eligible for HEERF III in emergency financial aid grants?
    UAH is offering an opportunity to apply for HEERF III to all enrolled students for fall 2021 before expanding the opportunity to others.
  • What qualifies as emergency costs?

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • You had trouble finding employment to help with living expenses while attending school
    • Any category related to Cost of Attendance:  Tuition, Fees, Room, Board, Books, Personal and Misc.
    • You had to withdraw from your classes and still owe charges on your student account
    • Your internet/WiFi at home was insufficient and you were forced to upgrade your plan
    • With all your classes being virtual this past year, you had to buy a new laptop
    • You incurred additional medical or mental health expenses
  • Are graduate students eligible for HEERF III?
    Yes, all enrolled UAH students qualify.
  • How will UAH determine who will be approved and the amount of the HEERF III grant?
    Priority funding will go to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional need such as Pell eligible and low expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. However, all active students who have emergency expenses and submit requests on the Emergency Relief Form are considered for funds until funding is exhausted. Funding amounts are determined by need and availability of funds.
  • I am enrolled but I have not received an invitation to apply, what can I do?
    There is a delay between enrollment and you receiving your link to apply for funding, please wait until we process your enrollment and invite.  You are only eligible to apply through the link emailed to your UAH email.
  • I have questions about HEERF III, who do I contact?
    Contact VPSA@uah.edu with all questions related to HEERF III, please include your student id (A#).
  • When should I expect to see funding from HEERF III?
    We will begin processing HEERF III on August 26, 2021.  Students can expect payments after we process other credit balances.  Please monitor your student account for activity.
  • View information on Previous Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students.