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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 beginning in the summer of 2021. Undergraduate 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. Beginning in September 2021, an application will be made available to pre-identified eligible students who can apply and receive consideration for HEERF. See the question below about the application timeline for additional details. If you have immediate financial concerns, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to explore all options available to you at finaid@udayton.edu or (937)229-4311.

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.

In mid-September the application was made available to Graduate students who filed the FAFSA and demonstrated significant financial need as indicated on the FAFSA with an EFC of 10,000 or less. As of September 28, 2021, federal emergency assistance has been exhausted for the Graduate student population for students eligible to file the FAFSA. No new applications will be accepted for this population.

In early October, International students who are not eligible to file the FAFSA will be pre-identified and be given the opportunity to complete the application. Applications will be made available to students via email and remain open until funding is exhausted. Students are prioritized for this limited federal emergency assistance if they do not have tuition sponsorship from an embassy and/or have an outstanding balance owed to the institution.

As of mid October, Undergraduate students who have filed the FAFSA with an EFC of 20,000 or less who have an outstanding balance owed to UD while also utilizing student loans, have been notified of eligibility for HEERF assistance. Additional Undergraduate students with financial need based on the FAFSA will be identified as eligible before the end of October.


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 finaid@udayton.edu. 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.