About the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has made funding available to higher education institutions, including funding for emergency financial aid grants to students. Following is information about Loyola University Chicago’s approach regarding these funds.
On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). A portion of HEERF funds must go directly to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Loyola University Chicago distributed over $5.0 million of HEERF Student Share Grant Funds to our student community for expenses incurred in the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 semesters.
In early 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced additional funding available to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is allocated to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, with approximately $5.0 million available to Loyola students.
The online application for HEERF II Student Share Grants is now available. Students can access the online application at forms.LUC.edu/heerf. Applications submitted through Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. Central time will be included in the Priority Application Period.