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July 7, 2021

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funding no longer requires citizenship and is now open to international, DACA/TPS and other undocumented students.

Eligible students who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 may apply for the emergency funding grants through 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 30. Applicants will be required to provide support documentation outlining their exceptional need. Click here to apply.

UCF this spring received more than $25 million in relief funds through the federal Initial rounds of awards were made in March and April. Due to additional availability of funds, we are opening another application window to provide aid directly to eligible students, beginning with those who have the greatest need. Students who already received $1,000 in HEERF funding will not be considered for additional funding at this time and should not complete another application.

The emergency aid can help with costs suffered due to the coronavirus, a student’s cost of attendance — such as tuition, fees, housing, books and other supplies — as well as food, healthcare or child care needs. Undergraduate, graduate, M.D., UCF Online, and most non-degree seeking students enrolled this spring or summer and who meet eligibility requirements can receive the funds.

Here is what you need to know:

  • A 2020-2021 FAFSA is not required for this group of students.
  • Most non-degree seeking students are eligible. Students enrolled in Continuing Education non-degree programs are ineligible.
  • Awards will be made based on additional criteria until the funds are exhausted.
  • Funds will be awarded in late July. Log onto myUCF and make sure you are signed up for direct deposit, the fastest way to receive the funds when they are awarded.
  • HEERF grants do not need to be repaid.

For questions about HEERF awards, please review this detailed FAQ. Students should direct questions to or call 407-823-2337.