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. This is expected to be the last round of Higher Education Relief Grants as no additional funding has been made available by the federal government.
See below under the Application Process tab for application information. The submission deadline for the application is 11:59 PM on Monday February 14, 2022.
For students who receive an award, the relief grant will be reflected on your WINS student account on Thursday March 3. The grant award will be fully refunded to you and will not affect financial aid you have received.
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 Monday February 14 and the number of students deemed eligible for an award, including students eligible for a 2021-22 Federal Pell Grant.
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 Monday February 14, 2022.
You will receive an email at your UW-W email address by Monday February 28.
After the application closes on Monday February 14, 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 February 28, 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 March 3. 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.