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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

As part of the Covid-19 pandemic the federal government release funds to colleges and universities under the Cares Act, these funds are called High Education Emergency Relief Funds or HEERF Funds.

These funds are intended to assist students that suffered loss while enrolled spring semester 2020. There are a few rules to these funds therefore an application is required for a student to be considered. A student must be Title IV eligible, the best way for us to check that is for a student to have a valid and current FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office. Regretfully this excludes DACA students and International students from receiving these funds.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was the creation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are general eligibility criteria for these funds:
  1. students must meet the requirements to fill out FAFSA; for Snow College you must have completed a 2019-20 or 2020-21 FAFSA to receive fund.
  2. students cannot have been enrolled in a completely online program as of March 13, 2020.
  3. students must complete a Snow College CARE application to be considered for HEERF Funds.
If completing the FAFSA now we suggest that you complete the 2020-21 FAFSA, it may help you become eligible for other types of financial aid the upcoming academic year.
Yes. If you are eligible for these emergency grants, you will receive the money even if you have current financial holds or owe the campus fees or fines. If you choose to use funds to pay the institution that is a personal decision. We cannot and will not apply funds to your balance. This would have to be a decision and transaction totally separate from receiving these funds.
No. If a student is presently enrolled at Snow College but lost eligibility due to not making satisfactory academic progress, he or she would not be eligible for emergency grant funding.