Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act: Additional Financial Aid Grants for Students

March 10, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.

 

The emergency grant application will close on Friday, March 12th at 5:00 pm.

 

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II) are now available to eligible students at FAU. These funds are grants that are disbursed directly to students to assist with any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and childcare. Institutions are required to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Federal Pell Grants, when awarding these emergency grants.  FAU will disburse most of these funds to selected students as one-time block grants. Remaining funds will be disbursed to students as emergency grants through an application process.

Students may use the grants toward any component of their cost of attendance, such as the following expenses:

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Books & Supplies
  • Housing
  • Dining
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses

Grants may also be used for emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and childcare. CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about these grants.

Eligibility Criteria

Grants will be distributed to eligible students in two ways.

Block Grants to Eligible Students for Cost of Attendance Expenses:

The Office of Student Financial Aid will identify all eligible students and automatically award “block grants” at a flat rate of $700 per student. An application is not required for the block grant. The grant may be used toward any component of the student’s cost of attendance, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing, transportation, or any other personal educational expenses. Block grants will be distributed to all students who meet the following criteria as of February 23, 2021:

  • Student is accepted and enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester in an eligible degree-seeking program.
  • Student is enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester in at least one credit that is applicable to their degree.
  • Student has completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA with FAU’s school code. The Office of Student Financial Aid has received the FAFSA and resolved any outstanding requirements related to either citizenship or high school completion.
  • Student has an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 5,711 or less (Department of Education’s Pell Grant eligibility cutoff).
  • Student has at least 700 of unmet financial need. Unmet financial need is determined by the following formula: Cost of Attendance (COA) – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – Estimate of Pell Grant Eligibility – Other Estimated Resources –  Need Based Aid and Offered Gift Aid = Unmet Need.

Emergency Grants to Eligible Students:

Additional grants will be distributed to eligible students who have incurred emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and childcare. Students are invited to apply for this emergency grant by completing the online application available HERE. Note that funds are limited and may be awarded on a first come, first served basis while prioritizing students with exceptional financial need. Completing the application is not a guarantee of funding. To be eligible for these emergency grants, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Student has incurred emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.
  • Student is accepted and enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester in an eligible degree-seeking program.
  • Student is enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester in at least one credit that is applicable to their degree.
  • Student has completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA with FAU’s school code. The Office of Student Financial Aid has received the FAFSA and resolved any outstanding requirements related to either citizenship or high school completion.
 

On-Campus Impact
Spring 2021 Semester


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Contacts


Questions and Requests for Assistance can be directed to a Member of the COVID-19 Team at FAUCOVID19@fau.edu.

Residential Students (including off-campus hotel)

Non-Residential Students (contact the Office of the Dean of Students)