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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III FAQs

Emergency financial assistance is available to eligible students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency financial assistance has been made available through a third federal stimulus bill called the American Rescue Plan (ARP). This provides Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants (HEERF III) to students.

Any student enrolled at the University of Dayton on or after March 13, 2020 is eligible for HEERF III federal assistance. Federal guidelines stated that schools are required to “prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants or are undergraduates with extraordinary financial circumstances.” Initial funding will be made available to Undergraduate students by appeal during the summer of 2021. Students or families who have experienced loss of income or expenses due to Covid-19 should complete a Special Circumstances Appeal form, and submit appropriate documentation, to describe how they have been impacted financially by the pandemic. Later in the Fall semester, an application will be made available for students to apply and receive consideration.

Students who have been enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 are eligible for consideration for HEERF III assistance. The American Rescue Plan does provide eligibility to International students and students who are undocumented or have a DACA status. HEERF III emergency grants are awarded to help students cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (i.e., food, housing and utilities, health insurance including mental health care, transportation, or child care) and for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. For students who are eligible to complete the FAFSA, the HEERF III application will be reviewed along with the FAFSA results to determine financial need. If you are ineligible to complete the FAFSA, the HEERF III application submitted will be used to determine your financial need.

If you are in need of essential items for the semester (i.e., computer, books, lab materials, etc.), you may complete the Student Assistance Request Form.

Students receiving HEERF III emergency assistance will have funds applied to their student account as a payment. A student may choose to have the funds applied to any outstanding balance on their account through an authorization process. If a student has funds remaining after the balance is covered or chooses to receive the funds directly, the funds will be issued to the student in the form of an electronic refund or check. To receive funds electronically, students are encouraged to provide bank account information securely via My Payment Center in Porches.

No, money received from the HEERF III emergency assistance and support from the institution, like the Student Crisis Fund, does not need to be repaid.

HEERF III grant assistance is not treated as taxable income or untaxed income for Title IV federal student aid purposes. Funds received from the Student Crisis Fund are taxable. International students may also have tax applied from their respective country (A W-8BEN will need to be completed for international students).

Staff in Flyer Student Services can be reached via email at We ask for your patience and understanding as we respond to your questions as quickly as possible.

In addition to the emergency grants, the University of Dayton has taken other steps to address financial challenges facing students and their families, including providing need-based assistance for families who have had disruptions to their financial circumstances due to Covid-19 and lowering the cost of summer tuition.