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The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law on March 11, 2021, and represents the third stream of funding for HEERF.

Approximately $13 million in HEERF III Student Share Grant Funds is available to Loyola University Chicago students 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. Students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 may apply for a HEERF III Student Share Grant.

Consistent with federal guidelines, students (especially undergraduates) with exceptional need, including U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students are encouraged to apply.

The online application to request HEERF III Student Share Grant funds is now closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a HEERF III Student Share Grant?

In May 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) announced additional funding available to institutions of higher education to serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (“HEERF III”) and was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (“ARP”), which was signed into law on March 11, 2021. 

Under ARP, HEERF III 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.

Who is eligible for a HEERF III Student Share Grant?

The ARP expanded the availability of HEERF III Student Share grants compared with HEERF I or HEERF II.

Under ARP, students enrolled at an institution of higher education on or after March 13, 2020 (the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus) are eligible for emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF III.

The ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need. ED encourages institutions to prioritize domestic students, especially undergraduates, in allocating this funding. Domestic students include citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers,and similar undocumented students.  International students are also eligible.

Please refer to the University’s HEERF III Student Share Grant policy for more information.

How do I apply for a HEERF III Student Share Grant?

The online application to request HEERF III Student Share Grant funds  remained open from September 16-30.

What documentation needs to be provided as part of the HEERF III Student Share application?

The HEERF III Student Share application does not require any receipts or supporting documentation. 

The student’s application and certification is sufficient to apply for these HEERF III Student Share Grant.

The ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need.

  • If you previously completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Loyola will use information from the most recent FAFSA to assess need. A sample application can be found here.
  • If you have NOT previously completed a FAFSA, you will be asked to respond to a few questions to assist the University in assessing need. A sample application can be found here.

 

How much money will I receive from the HEERF III Student Share Grant?

Consistent with ARP and ED, the University will prioritize domestic undergraduate students with exceptional need in awarding HEERF III Student Share Grants, as follows:

For Eligible Students who have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FASFA”) and have an official Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) on file with Loyola’s Financial Aid Department:

The University has determined that EFC is an appropriate metric for measuring a student’s need and will utilize the most recent official EFC available.  The University will use the following EFC categories for purposes of prioritization:

Student EFC Range

EFC Category

Less than or equal to $5,846

1

More than $5,846 but less than or equal to $10,000

2

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

3

More than $40,000

4

For Eligible Students who have not completed a FAFSA or do not have an official EFC on file:

As part of the HEERF III Student Share Grant Application, Eligible Students will be asked to self-certify as to whether they are currently participating in any federal or state need-based programs including: Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, All Kids health insurance, Head Start, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Illinois Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled, Temporary Aid for Needy Families, Illinois General Assistance and Medicaid

OR

An Eligible Student may self-certify as to their Estimated Annual Household Income (“AHI”) in one of the following ranges:

Estimated Household Annual AGI

AGI Category

Less than or equal to $75,000

1

More than $75,000 but less than or equal to $100,000

2

More than $100,000 but less than or equal to $150,000

3

More than $150,000

4

For Eligible Students without a FAFSA or EFC, to the extent reasonably possible, the University will compare the Eligible Student’s self-certification with information available within the University’s Financial Aid Department, such as receipt of an Illinois MAP Grant, Loyola Commitment or other need-based financial aid awards.

For Eligible Students without a FAFSA or EFC, the University may share the self-certification information provided by the student as part of the HEERF III Student Share Application process with other appropriate University Departments for purposes of providing information to the student about other available programs which the student may consider.

How do I know my EFC?

You can review your EFC by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and select the Log In button.
  2. Choose your role whether you are the student or parent (these screenshots will follow the option of “I am the student”), and then 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 2021-2022 FAFSA tab.
  4. Once you’ve arrived on the 2021-2022 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, with a photo ID.

When will I know if I’ll be receiving a HEERF III Student Share Grant?

The University anticipates being able to notify students as soon as possible the amount of their HEERF III Student Share Grant.

We will keep students notified as things progress.

Can I use the HEERF III Student Share grant to apply towards my outstanding student account balance?

Yes! When we notify you of the amount of your HEERF III 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 III 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.

Is there anything I can do to receive additional financial aid?

We truly empathize with the hardships our students and families are experiencing as a result of this pandemic. 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.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

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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.