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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provides one-time funding to institutions to provide emergency relief grants to students who incur emergency expenses due to coronavirus such as health care, mental health care, child care, and any component of your cost of attendance. The availability of this award is not continuous.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant (HEERFII)

To fulfill the Department of Education’s guidance, UofSC issued grants to students across all student levels as determined by the FAFSA, with amounts ranging from $400 to $800. Pell Grant recipients received $800 and all other eligible students received $400. Different from previous  guidance within the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 allows students who are enrolled exclusively in online programs to receive assistance. 

The grants were awarded to students that met the following criteria:

Frequently Asked Questions about HEERFII Grants

Expenses related to any component of your cost of attendance or any emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, and child care are all included as part of the criteria for the HEERF II Grant. 

Eligible students will have the awarded posted to Self Service Carolina. After acceptance of the award, it will be sent as a refund through direct deposit if you have direct deposit set up or you will receive a refund check in the mail. 

Eligible students are selected automatically based on their enrollment during the Spring 2021 semester and they must meet the additional criteria as stated above. 

The HEERF II Grant will be refunded regardless of any outstanding balance on your account. 

No, the HEERF II Grant does not have to be repaid. 

No, this award will not affect your eligibility for aid for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. 

 


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