Federal HEERF & CARES Grants

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.

Application Process

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 sent 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

No, HEERF Grants will not cause any reductions to your other financial aid for this year or next year.

No, recipients will not have to repay HEERF Grants. They are grants, not loans.

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 Revenue Code.”

Based on our current HEERF Grant requirements, we can only offer funds and accept applications from our currently enrolled students.

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.

More Information

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 .

For HEERF I (CARES) Report data, see CARES Grant Reports.


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