The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021. Grand Valley State University can grant $25,624,210 in Emergency Grants to Students. The law requires that emergency grants be prioritized to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. The Grand Valley State University Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, in partnership with the Student Accounts Office, is in the process of distributing HEERF III Grants. Students are encouraged to set up direct deposit so that funds are expedited should they receive an emergency grant.

Eligibility Requirements for Round 1:

  • Have a valid 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at Grand Valley State University 
  • Be enrolled in at least 0.5 credit hours in the Fall 2021 semester, as of October 19, 2021
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) between $0 and $29,999 to receive $1200
  • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) between $30,000 and $49,999 to receive $500

The University acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Total HEERF III funds available to GVSU students: $25,624,210

Total HEERF III funds distributed as of 10/26/2021: $15,999,000

Total Number of GV students who have received HEERF III as of 10/26/2021: 14,505

Total Number of GV students eligible to receive HEERF III as of 10/26/2021: 14,505

The university was awarded $25.6 million from the US Department of Education to offset unanticipated costs incurred and lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Quarter ended 6/30/21

Quarter ended 9/30/21