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About the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF): Spring 2021

In January, 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.

For a direct comparison of HEERF and HEERF II, please see the chart below.

HEERF (Spring, Summer, Fall 2020):  $5,021,974

HEERF II (Spring 2021):  $5,021,974

Student Eligibility

Students must be eligible for Title IV Aid (FAFSA, EFC, and meet all other Title IV eligibility)

Students need a FAFSA and an Official EFC for Financial Aid Year 2020-21

 Enrolled in Spring, Summer, Fall 2020

Enrolled as of March 19, 2021 (Spring 2021)

Students enrolled in exclusively online programs not eligible

Students enrolled in an exclusively online program are now eligible

DACA, undocumented and International students not eligible to receive funds

Same as HEERF I

Loyola's Process for Distribution of Funds

Eligible Expenses incurred beginning March 13, 2020 and related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID

Financial aid grants for students may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

Students submit an application to LUC including receipts or other supporting documentation required for eligible expenses

Students submit an application and certification only.  No receipts required to be submitted with application.

Amount of award based on the amount of eligible expenses submitted and supported and EFC Category

Amount of award based on Official EFC category

LUC prioritized awards based on EFC

LUC must prioritize students with exceptional need

Award must be paid directly to student and cannot be applied against a student account balance

At student’s request, the award may be applied towards the student’s account balance owed to the University

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I know if I’ll be receiving a HEERF II Student Share Grant? (04/28/21)

The University notified all students via email about the amount of their HEERF II Student Share Grant by April 27, 2021.

Our goal is to disburse all HEERF II Student Share grants by the end of the first week of May 2021. We will keep students notified as things progress.

How much money will I receive from the HEERF II Student Share Grant? (04/28/21)

CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need. The University has concluded that the only practicable way to determine a student’s financial need is if the student has a completed FAFSA, and has an official EFC on file for the 2020-2021 Financial Aid Year. The University accepted applications during a Priority Application Period and verified student eligibility in order to establish Eligible Applications.

Based on the number of Eligible Applications received and available HEERF II Student Share Grant funds, the University determined a grant amount (per student) for each of the following EFC categories:

EFC Category

EFC Range

Award Amount

1

Less than or equal to $5,711

$1,700

2

More than $5,711 but less than or equal to $10,000

$1,450

3

More than $10,000 but less than or equal to $40,000

$1,000

4

More than $40,000

$500

Do I need to re-pay my HEERF II Student Share Grant? (04/28/21)

Students who applied for the HEERF II Student Share Grant certified as part of their application that they would use the funds for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. The HEERF II Grant is provided to students for assistance and does not need to re-paid, like a loan, to Loyola or Department of Education.

How do I apply for a HEERF II Student Share Grant? (04/26/21)

The online application for HEERF II Student Share Grants is now closed. Applications submitted through Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. Central time were included in the Priority Application Period. 

What is a HEERF II Student Share Grant? (03/24/21)

In January 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 established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (“HEERF II”) and was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (“CRRSAA”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020.

Under CRRSAA, HEERF II Student Share Grant funds may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. 

The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need and has extended eligibility to students enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Loyola is eligible to receive up to $5,021,974 in HEERF II Student Share Grant Funds. The University’s policy presents the University’s methodology for determining eligibility under CRRSAA, as well as the process and procedure for distributing and disbursing the HEERF II Student Share Grant Funds.

What documentation needs to be provided as part of the HEERF II Student Share application? (04/06/21)

Completing the application should require less than one minute of your time. You will only need your student ID number to complete the application—no other supporting documentation or receipts are necessary, including information about your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is reported by the U.S. Department of Education directly to Loyola.

As a student, how may I use the HEERF II Student Share Grant funds?

According to the government’s HEERF II FAQs published on January 14, 2021, the HEERF II Student Share Grant funds may be used for any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

Can I use the HEERF Student Share grant to apply towards my outstanding student account balance? (03/24/21)

Yes! When we notify you of the amount of your HEERF II Student Share Grant, you will be asked to complete a Disbursement Instruction. Here is an example.

Using this form, you will have the opportunity to tell us if you’d like some, all, or none of the HEERF II Student Share Grant applied towards your student account balance. Of course, you also have the option of having the entire award paid directly to you.

Why was I not able to complete a HEERF II Student Share Grant application? (03/24/21)

The University took a snapshot as of March 19, 2021 to identify students enrolled as of that date who had completed a FAFSA for Financial Aid Year 2020-21, and who had an official Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) on file with the Financial Aid office. Students who met these criteria were able to submit a HEERF II Student Share Grant application.

Students who did not have an official EFC on file as of that date, but who subsequently filed a FAFSA for Aid Year 2020-21, may contact HEERFGrants@LUC.edu for consideration during the Priority Application Period.

If you haven’t done so already, please submit a FAFSA for Aid Year 2020-21 at studentaid.gov.

In addition, at this time, the federal regulations are such that international, undocumented and DACA students are not eligible to receive the HEERF II Student Share Grants.

Is there anything I can do to receive additional financial aid? (03/24/21)

We truly empathize with the hardships our students and families are experiencing as a result of this pandemic. While you may not have been eligible to apply for a HEERF II Student Share Grant or your HEERF II Student Share Grant was less than your expenses, we want you to know that Loyola has a variety of programs to support you during this time. These programs include the Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy, the Loyola Commitment, and other financial aid assistance. We encourage you to learn more about this valuable assistance at LUC.edu/coronavirus/valuableassistance.

How do I know my Expected Family Contribution (EFC)? (04/01/21)

You can review your EFC by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the FAFSA website at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and select the "Log In" button.
  2. Choose your role (student or parent) and enter your FSA ID and password. After you enter this info, you must ACCEPT the disclaimer.
  3. At this point, you may have more than one FAFSA completed. Be sure to navigate to the 2020-2021 FAFSA tab.
  4. Once you’ve arrived on the 2020-2021 FAFSA, click on "View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR)."
  5. Once you’ve clicked this link, a synopsis of your FAFSA will appear. At the top, your EFC will be shown.

Your EFC will not be shown in LOCUS, and staff cannot provide an EFC unless the student is in person and provides a photo ID.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

For Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and university updates, visit LUC.edu/coronavirus.

To inquire about general Loyola information related to COVID-19, please email COVID-19support@luc.edu

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible at COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773-508-7707.

For information on the university's plans for returning to campus, visit LUC.edu/returntocampus.

View the Return to Campus Checklist here.