Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2020.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020.

As part of the CARES ACT, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was established to provide emergency financial aid grants to help ensure students’ educational and learning goals are not derailed. This fund is to be used to assist students in covering some of the expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as unanticipated travel, health care, child-care, technology, food, and housing.

As a result of the CARES ACT, ACU has been approved for funding from the federal government to assist you if you have been financially affected by COVID-19.

Who is eligible for a Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant?

    1. Students who were taking classes on campus and were disrupted by COVID-19.
    2. Students enrolled at ACU during Fall 2020 and in good academic and financial standing.
    3. Students who filled out a FAFSA and were eligible to receive government aid in the 2019-2020 school year.
    4. Students who had expenses in the following categories: unexpected travel, housing, food, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Would this funding reduce my financial aid?

No, this fund does not negate or replace financial aid, and is a one-time grant on top of any current scholarship and aid package.

How much money is available for each applicant?

Amounts vary, but students must complete an on-line application and provide a signed statement describing their circumstances along with supporting documentation to substantiate their funding request. Maximum awards are $2,500 per student.

Do I need to report financial aid or grants on my federal tax return?

The IRS announced that the CARES Act grants to students will not be taxable.  This is much needed good news for students.  In its announcement, the IRS states that these grants will be considered official federal disaster assistance, which excludes the funds from being taxed.

How will ACU disburse the money?

Awarded students will receive a check from ACU to assist with COVID-19-related expenses.

How long do I have to apply for the Federal Emergency Aid Grant?

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2020.

How do I apply for the Federal Emergency Aid Grant?

Complete the biographical information below and click submit. You will then be taken to the full CARES Act HEERF application, which you must fill out in its entirety.

When will I receive my check?

For qualified applicants who complete the application and are eligible for a grant, checks are expected to be sent by August 31, 2020.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions, contact your Enrollment Management Specialist via email or by calling (602) 489-5300.


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