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Higher Education Relief Grant (Fall 2021) - THIS APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED

Background

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and has made funding available for UW-Whitewater to provide emergency relief grants to students.  The grants are for a component of the student’s cost of attendance or for COVID-related emergency costs, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

If you meet the student eligibility criteria (described in the next section), you may be eligible for a federal Higher Education Relief Grant.

See below under the Application Process tab for application information. The submission deadline for the application is 11:59 PM on Sunday September 26, 2021.

Student Eligibility

  • UW-Whitewater student enrolled for at least 3 credits for fall 2021 as a degree-seeking or special student.
  • Funds are needed by you, the student, for a component of the cost of attendance or for COVID-related emergency costs, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
  • You do not need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA to be eligible for funds. All students, regardless of nationality or citizenship status, are eligible to apply for a federal Higher Education Relief Grant if they meet the criteria above.
    • Please note however that institutions must prioritize students with exceptional financial need, defined as those who completed a 2021-2022 FAFSA and through that process are determined to be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. If you have not completed a 2021-2022 FAFSA, you are encouraged but not required to do so.
Application

Grant Amount

The application serves as the means for a student to request funds.  To assist as many students as possible, the amount of the grant awarded will be contingent on the total number of applications received by Sunday September 26 and the number of students deemed eligible for an award, including students eligible for a 2021-22 Federal Pell Grant.

Application Process

  • Complete the application through the Application button above and submit the form - you will need to log in using your UW-W credentials to access the online form. If you have questions about the application, contact the UW-W Financial Aid Office. The submission deadline for the application is 11:59 PM on Sunday September 26, 2021.
  • After the application closes on Sunday September 26, the UW-W Financial Aid Office will begin review.  For those who do not meet eligibility criteria, a notice of ineligibility will be sent within several days to the student at their UW-W email address.
  • By Monday October 4, an award to eligible students will be made. An approval notification with the amount awarded will be sent to the student’s UW-W email address.
  • For students who receive an award, the relief grant will be reflected on your WINS student account on Thursday October 7. The grant award will be fully refunded to you and will not affect financial aid you have received.
    • The UW-W Cashier’s Office will process your refund within 5-7 business days of the funds crediting your WINS account.
    • To receive the refund faster, sign up for electronic deposit of refunds if you have not done so.
  • To assist as many students as possible, the amount of the grant awarded will be contingent on the total number of applications received by Sunday September 26 and the number of students deemed eligible for an award, including students eligible for a 2021-22 Federal Pell Grant.
  • Late applicants will be ineligible for funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

For aid applicants, 2021-2022 FAFSAs include 2019 federal income tax data.  If you or your parents (for a dependent aid applicant) have experienced a reduction of income or have lost a job during the COVID-19 pandemic (March 13, 2020 and after), your 2021-2022 financial aid eligibility may be re-evaluated.  Please follow the directions on the COVID-Related Loss of Job/Income Reduction Special Circumstances Appeal Form and submit all required documents to the Financial Aid Office for consideration.  Submitting this form does not guarantee an increase in financial aid.

No. You must meet the student eligibility requirements addressed above and apply by Sunday September 26, 2021.

You will receive an email at your UW-W email address by Monday October 4. 

After the application closes on Sunday September 26, the UW-W Financial Aid Office will begin review.  For those who do not meet eligibility criteria, a notice of ineligibility will be sent within several days to the student at their UW-W email address. By Monday October 4, an award to eligible students will be made. When the award is made, an approval notification with the amount awarded will be sent to the student’s UW-W email address. 

For students who receive an award, the relief grant will be reflected on your WINS student account on Thursday October 7. The UW-W Cashier’s Office will process your refund within 5-7 business days of the funds crediting your WINS account. To receive the refund faster, sign up for electronic deposit of refunds if you have not done so. The grant award will be fully refunded to you and will not affect financial aid you have received.

Location

Financial Aid Office
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
130 Hyer Hall
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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