The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. UT Martin received funds to ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The institution was allocated $2.5 million for additional financial aid grants to students.
The supplemental grant awarded to UT Martin of $6.4 million may be used for Institutional costs to defray expenses associated with coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll); carry out student support activities authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) that address needs related to coronavirus; and make additional financial grants to students, which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136.
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, providing over $7.9 million for additional financial aid grants to students. Emergency funds provided by HEERF III in the amount of $8.1 million may be used for Institutional costs to defray expenses associated with coronavirus.
Any student (including undocumented or international) who is or was enrolled at UT Martin during the COVID-19 national emergency may be eligible for financial aid grants through HEERF, regardless of whether they completed a FAFSA or are Title IV eligible. However, UTM must prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive a Pell Grant or are undergraduates with exceptional financial circumstances.
Students who are or were enrolled on or after March 13, 2020, who demonstrate exceptional need due to COVID-19.
Initial HEERF awards were made through an automated process based on the student’s Pell Grant eligibility and unmet need. Any student who did not receive the initial HEERF award or did not receive the maximum amount of $6,345 and is having exceptional financial circumstances due to COVID is encouraged to reach out to the Financial Aid Office. HEERF funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.
HEERF awards can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or childcare. Students have the option to have the emergency grants refunded to them or directly onto their account.