Who is eligible to receive the awards?
Students enrolled during any semester impacted by COVID-19 – since Spring 2020 — are eligible to apply for the funds. Students enrolled in Fall 2021 will be given priority; awards for other students will be subject to the availability of funding. UCF Continuing Education students are not eligible to apply.
How can I apply for funding?
UCF students who are U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. residents or eligible non-citizens should complete the application found at this link: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8l91Kgf1U5Mh1Qy
International students and/or students who are classified as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) should complete the application found at this link: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1RCgC8kEymfaiqy
Can I apply if I received funding from prior HEERF and CARES Act awards?
Yes. Students who received any amount of funding from prior rounds of awards are eligible to receive funds in this round.
How much money can I apply for?
Each student who is awarded funds will receive $2,000.
What is the application deadline?
Applications will remain open until further notice.
When will I know if I’m awarded funds?
Awards will be made on a rolling basis as applications are received. UCF plans to begin awarding the money to students enrolled in Fall 2021 by early September. You will receive an email notification when you receive your award, and awards will be posted in myUCF.
Can I apply the funds directly to my tuition and fees balance?
Students will be able to opt in to having the funds directly applied to their tuition and fees balance. Details about how to opt in will be included when students are notified that they will receive funds.
Do I need to fill out the FAFSA like I did for prior awards?
No. However, we still encourage you to fill out the FAFSA to help ensure you can access all of the financial aid resources available to you.
I am continuing to experience financial distress, either because I was ineligible for HEERF funds or received funds but still am in crisis. Are there other funding options available?
I already graduated or am not enrolled this fall. Can I still apply for these funds?
Students enrolled for any semester during the pandemic – since Spring 2020 – are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students enrolled in Fall 2021. Awards to other students will be contingent upon the availability of funding.
Is this funding a loan that will need to be repaid?
No, the money is a federal emergency grant that is not required to be repaid.
What are the types of expenses covered by HEERF funding?
Student emergency grants can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance (COA) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare) or childcare.
Do I need to provide documentation for my expenses?
International, DACA, TPS and other undocumented students who apply are required to provide support documentation in order to determine financial need and/or hardship.
What types of assistance can Student Care Services offer?
Students who are ineligible for HEERF funds and are experiencing financial crisis may contact Student Care Services to be screened for additional support. Be advised that some resources will not become available until all other avenues of financial assistance have been exhausted. If you are unsure of your current financial aid options, please contact Student Financial Assistance to confirm if you have aid available.
Students who receive HEERF funds may reach out to Student Care Services for screening for additional emergency funds if still they are experiencing a financial crisis such as pending eviction, food insecurity, or homelessness.
Student Care Services: [email protected]