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Apply for a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant is part of the federal Cares Act. It is intended to help students with financial needs due to COVID-19. The Department of Education has determined the eligibility requirements to receive this grant.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid (Title IV Aid) in order to be eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant. To be a Title IV-eligible student, the student must: 

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential (including a program of study abroad approved for credit by the eligible institution at which such student is enrolled)–that is, a regular student under 34 CFR 600.2); 
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school and have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent; 
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP) if the student is a currently enrolled student; 
  • Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants; 
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan; 
  • File with ED “as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification (Statement of Educational Purpose) that includes: 
  • A statement of educational purpose, and 
  • The student’s Social Security Number (SSN); 
  • Be a U.S citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen; 
  • Have returned any fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if the student is convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges; 
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits; 
  • Have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently; 
  • Have his Selective Service registration verified (the Title IV aid ineligibility for failure to register is actually in the Selective Service Act §3811(f)); 
  • Have a valid SSN, except for residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau; and 
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations. 

To determine Title IV aid eligibility, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you have not submitted a 2020-2021 FAFSA, you may do so at

Students in distance learning programs are eligible for HEERF Funding. Any student who has withdrawn from the University is not eligible for the funding. 

If you have extenuating circumstances or would like to add information to your application, please email the Financial Aid Office directly at

For questions or concerns please contact the Financial Aid Office by Phone at 304-243-2304 or email:


    I am requesting the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant because I have been financially impacted due to COVID-19 as the result of one or more of the following: (check all that apply)

    I am requesting the grant to cover the following expenses: (check all that apply)

    Are you receiving financial assistance from other sources to help with these expenses?

    Have you completed your 2020-2021 FAFSA?

    If you have an unpaid balance, would you like to apply your HEERF check to the balance still owed to the university?

    If you have had additional losses since March 2020, please provide detailed information below.

    By submitting this application, you are requesting a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant and acknowledging that the information provided is accurate. You also acknowledge that you may be asked to provide supporting documentation. If you opted to apply your HEERF check to your unpaid balance, you are hereby acknowledging that the money you are receiving from the HEERF Grant will be applied directly to your account and you will not receive a check. There is a limited amount of funding and not all applicants may be approved. Please submit the application to be considered for this funding. (Typing your name below serves as your electronic signature for this application.)