TU has received some additional federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) for 2021. These funds will help eligible TU students with relevant educational and
living expenses including tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing, food, internet
and computer expenses, personal and transportation expenses, health care, child care,
and other emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus.
TU will use separate funding from the TU Foundation’s Student Emergency and Food Insecurity Fund and other funding sources to help us provide emergency support and relief to all
TU students including students who are not eligible to receive any federal aid funds.
All currently enrolled students who are experiencing financial challenges can apply
for an Emergency Grant. If you don’t meet the federal HEERF grant requirements, we may still be able to
offer funds from the other funding sources above.
If you or your parents have experienced significant income reductions, please also
use our FAFSA Special Conditions process to reevaluate your financial need for other federal student aid programs.
HEERF II Grants to Pell Students
Based on the federal requirements, TU's distribution formula gives priority consideration
to Pell Grant students, and allows all other eligible students to apply for HEERF
Grants through the Emergency Grant Application.
On 2/12/2021, we awarded Federal HEERF/CARES Grants to eligible students. We are sending email notifications to those recipients
on February 12, 13, and 14. All recipients can also already view their awards in
the Finances sections of Towson Online Services.
If you received one of these grants, you can use these funds for your educational
or living expenses. We will disburse all HEERF funds directly to students as financial
aid rebates. We won't apply HEERF funds toward any unpaid charges on your TU bill.
If you have unpaid charges, please consider using your rebate funds to pay your TU
bill. Because the aid rebate process requires multiple steps by TU and the State of
Maryland, it can take 2 to 4 weeks to receive rebates. Please be patient.
HEERF II P Grant Award Criteria
We included Spring 2021 Pell Grant recipients and some additional Pell eligible students
who didn't receive spring Pell Grant payments because of Pell Grant enrollment and
aggregate payment restrictions. Not all Pell students received these awards. We
didn't include students with SAP suspension or incomplete FAFSA Verification statuses, students whose financial need
has already been fully met by other grants and scholarships, or students who already
received our standard HEERF Grant limits from spring 2021 Emergency Grants. These
HEERF Grants usually range from $1,600 to $400 based on spring enrollment levels (full-time,
3/4, 1/2, or 1/4 time), but students without enough remaining unmet financial need
received smaller amounts.
If you didn’t receive one of these HEERF Grants or want an increase, you must use
the Emergency Grant Application process to request a HEERF Grant or an increase.
HEERF Emergency Grant Criteria
All currently enrolled TU students who are experiencing financial disruptions can
submit an Emergency Grant Application to apply for grants from Federal HEERF funds and other sources. The Federal HEERF
funds have the following requirements:
- You must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must meet all of these federal aid eligibility requirements.
- You must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or an eligible
graduate certificate program.
- You can't be on SAP Suspension status.
- We can't award funds to students who have already withdrawn from all their classes.
- If you already received the Federal HEERF II P Grant above, you can submit an Emergency
Grant Application to request more funds, but the review committee will consider your
financial needs and the funds you already received.
How are HEERF Grants disbursed?
HEERF Grant and other emergency grants funds will be refunded to students. We won't
apply these funds toward any unpaid charges on your TU bill.
How can recipients use HEERFS Grant Funds?
Recipients can use these funds toward their education, living, and personal expenses.
After receiving their aid rebates, recipients may also use them to pay any unpaid
charges on their TU bills.
Will HEERF Grants reduce other financial aid?
No, HEERF Grants will not cause any reductions to your other financial aid for this
year or next year.
Do recipients have to repay Federal HEERF Grants?
No, recipients will not have to repay HEERF Grants. They are grants, not loans.
Are HEERF Grants taxable income?
No. This Internal Revenue Service (IRS) FAQ document states that these HEERF Grants should not be included in your reported gross income
because they “are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal
Can new TU students receive HEERF Grants?
Based on our current HEERF Grant requirements, we can only offer funds and accept
applications from our currently enrolled students.
What other resources are available?
If you are a current or new student and your or your family's income has significantly
decreased, please use our Special Financial Conditions process to request a reevaluation of your financial need.
For questions about HEERF II P Grant disbursements, contact the Financial Aid Office.
For questions about the Emergency Grants application process, contact the Student
Affairs Office at studentaffairs AT_TOWSON.
For HEERF I (CARES) Report data, see CARES Grant Reports.