Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II and HEERF III)
HEERF applications are closed
The application period for HEERF funds is closed.
As part of the federal government’s American Rescue Plan (ARP), the University has received $19,888,022 in additional supplemental funds designed to assist students in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of campus operations. Funds will be distributed during the 2021-22 academic year.
- HEERF II reporting: March 29, 2021
- HEERF II reporting: April 1, 2021
- HEERF II reporting: July 1, 2021
- HEERF III reporting: October 1, 2021
- HEERF III reporting: January 1, 2022
- HEERF III reporting: January 24, 2022
What types of expenses do HEERF emergency funds cover?
HEERF III Emergency Funding may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as paying for tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.
How much funding is available?
Award amounts are from $300 to $2,200, depending on each student’s cost of attendance including living on campus, need, and on the student’s enrollment level (e.g., full-time, part-time). Amounts for medical school students will be based on the student’s socioeconomic circumstances indicated on FAFSA and details provided on their funding requests.
HEERF eligibility questions
All current degree-seeking students (graduate, undergraduate, medical) enrolled in spring 2022 who have completed a 2021-22 FAFSA or Institutional Methodology (IM) for non-FAFSA eligible students are eligible for HEERF III Emergency Funds.
Yes, the COVID-relief stimulus payments are separate from the HEERF III Emergency Funds.
Yes, international, DACA, and other undocumented students are eligible for HEERF III Emergency Funding. You need to have the Institutional Methodology (IM) for FAFSA-Ineligible Students [DocuSign Form] on file to be considered for Emergency Funds. If you haven’t yet, complete it immediately.
Financial aid for international, DACA and undocumented students
No, you do not have to be eligible for Federal Pell Grants to receive funds.
Yes, you are eligible for HEERF III Emergency Funds.
HEERF funding questions
Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis after January 12, 2022.
The emergency funds will be sent directly to you as a direct deposit to your bank account or as a check unless you have indicated that these funds should be applied to any balance owed to the University.
Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your funds. If you don’t have direct deposit with the Cashier's Office, we encourage you to sign up in MyNevada. Otherwise, a check will be sent to the address on file in MyNevada. Make sure that the mailing address you have listed on MyNevada is correct.
Not automatically. You can opt to apply these funds to any outstanding balance in your account by selecting this option on your request for funds. Otherwise, the emergency funds will be sent directly to you as a direct deposit to your bank account or as a check.
These grants are exempt from 1098-T reporting and exempt from taxation altogether.
No, HEERF III Emergency Funds will not reduce your financial aid package.
HEERF application questions
Yes, students must have a FAFSA or Institutional Methodology (IM) Application [DocuSign Form] on file. The federal government has directed us to prioritize funding to students with the highest need.
The eligibility criteria to file a FAFSA, as outlined in Section 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA), include but are not limited to the following:
- U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen
- Valid Social Security number
- Registration with Selective Services, if male
- High school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting