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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II FAQs

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

Emergency financial assistance was made available through a second federal stimulus bill called the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). This provides Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants (HEERF II) to students. Additionally, assistance is available through the Student Crisis Fund, supported by gifts from generous donors.

Federal guidelines stated that schools were required to “prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants.” The University of Dayton automatically determined eligibility based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA and eligible students were notified by email by March 10, 2021. A small amount of funding was available after this initial round of awarding and students with significant financial need were invited to apply for assistance. Nearly 800 applications were submitted in the first 24 hours and all remaining funds were exhausted.

UD students enrolled in the Spring 2021 term who have financial need as determined by the FAFSA are eligible for this assistance. Additionally, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. International and undocumented are ineligible based on federal guidelines. The HEERF II 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.

When a student experiences hardship or an unforeseen financial difficulty and needs assistance to cover essential needs, they can submit a Student Crisis Fund Request. The fund does not provide tuition support. For essential items for the semester (i.e., computer, books, lab materials, etc.), complete the Student Assistance Request Form. The University of Dayton expects to receive additional federal funding to be used for student emergency grants in the coming months due to the passing of the American Rescue Plan. We project this funding to be available to students with financial need for Fall 2021 as demonstrated by the 2021-2022 FAFSA. Additional details about eligibility for these funds will be available in the coming months.

HEERF II emergency assistance will be awarded in an amount up to $2,000 depending on the student’s financial need. The total funds available are limited and the university’s priority is to help as many students as possible.

Students receiving HEERF II 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.

If you are enrolled in eRefund (direct deposit) through 'My Payment Center,' the refund will be deposited into the bank account you have selected within 1-2 weeks of the date you are notified.

If you are not enrolled in eRefund, refund checks will be mailed directly from the printer to the permanent address on record and should be received within 1-3 weeks of the date you are notified, pending possible USPS delays.

If you are asked to complete an authorization form, these timelines still apply once your authorization is received or 14 days after the initial request.

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

HEERF II 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. Additionally, if you have questions about the Student Crisis Fund, contact Student Development at

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.