Covid-19 Relief Funds Are Available to Students at the University of Chicago
Undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the University of Chicago received $19 million in funding in 2020 and 2021 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) established by the three federal COVID-19 stimulus packages. The University prioritized students with exceptional financial needs in awarding these HEERF funds in accordance with federal guidelines.
This year’s COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on University students and their families, said Provost Ka Yee C. Lee. In these trying times, the HEERF funds were a lifeline for our students.
The University provides a wide range of financial aid programs for students, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, in addition to these HEERF funds. UChicago has allocated approximately $190 million in financial aid for undergraduates this academic year.
All students are essential to the unique intellectual community that exists in and around the University of Minnesota, according to Michele Rasmussen, dean of students in the university. A long-standing university commitment to student financial assistance is demonstrated by the distribution of federal COVID-19 relief and emergency assistance program funds to students who needed it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Additionally, the University will distribute funds via block grants in 2020 and 2021. HEERF I, also known as the CARES Act, received $6.8 million; HEERF II received $3.1 million, and HEERF III received $9.5 million. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the three HEERF funding opportunities, students’ emergency costs as well as some of the costs associated with their education could be covered with the funds. Please see the Campus and Student Life website for more information on how the University will distribute federal HEERF funds.
HEERF allocations for students have been exhausted by the University’s distribution process. Emergency Assistance Program grants are available through academic departments and the Bursar’s Office for students who need them because of COVID-19 or some other unforeseen circumstance.