Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II)
As part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), the University has received $7,122,267 in supplemental funds designed to assist degree-seeking students in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of campus operations. In 2020, this funding was known as the CARES Act Funding.
What types of expenses does the HEERF emergency funds cover?
HEERF II 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 for undergraduate and graduate students are from $100 to $1,200, depending on each student’s socioeconomic circumstances based on FAFSA and based on the student’s enrollment level. 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
Who is eligible?
All current degree-seeking students (graduate, undergraduate, medical) enrolled in spring 2021 who have successfully completed a 2020-21 FAFSA are eligible for HEERF II Emergency Funds.
I have received a COVID-relief stimulus check from the government; do I qualify for HEERF II Emergency Funds?
Yes, the COVID-relief stimulus payments are separate from the HEERF II Emergency Funds.
Can undocumented students and international students receive HEERF II Emergency Funds?
No, international and undocumented students are not eligible for HEERF II Emergency Funding. However, emergency funds from other sources might be available. Contact the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com to check for fund availability.
Do I have to be Pell-eligible to receive HEERF II Emergency Funds?
No, you do not have to be eligible for Federal Pell Grants to receive funds.
I am enrolled in an online program; am I eligible to apply for HEERF II Emergency Funds?
Yes, you are eligible for HEERF II Emergency Funds.
Are non-degree-seeking students eligible for HEERF II Emergency Funds?
Non-degree students who completed a 2020-21 FAFSA may be eligible.
HEERF funding questions
How long before I receive funds?
Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
How will I be notified if my request is approved?
Award notifications will be sent through email.
How will I receive funds if my request is approved?
The emergency funds will be sent directly to you as a direct deposit to your bank account or as a check.
How can I make sure I will receive my funding quickly?
Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive your funds. If you don’t have direct deposit with the Cashiers 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.
I have an outstanding tuition/housing balance for the current semester; would these funds be applied to that balance?
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.
Are HEERF II Emergency Funds taxable and included on a 1098-T?
These grants are exempt from 1098-T reporting and exempt from taxation altogether.
Do these funds affect other aid that I have already received?
No, HEERF II Emergency Funds will not reduce your financial aid package.
HEERF application questions
- How do I apply for HEERF II Emergency Funds?
Do I need to complete a FAFSA to receive HEERF II Emergency Funds?
Yes. You must have a successfully completed FAFSA on file. If you have not filed a FAFSA, and are in need of financial assistance, you should immediately file a 2020-21 FAFSA.
How do I know if I am eligible to file a FAFSA?
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