Students May Apply for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III Starting Friday

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Valencia College is awarding $50 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III grants to students enrolled in the Fall 2021 term, and applications for the first round of student aid will open Friday, November 5, 2021.

HEERF was established and funded by the federal government to provide emergency financial aid grants to students 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. Valencia College plans to distribute the HEERF III emergency grants in multiple rounds with an application process that will begin on Friday, November 5 and will close on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

In this round of HEERF funding, there will be three groups of students who are eligible for a grant. Each group will have unique eligibility criteria and will be eligible to apply for specified grant award amounts. Students who are eligible to apply for a HEERF III grant will be contacted through email. For an example email that will be sent to degree- and certificate-seeking students, click here. Students may only apply for one grant during this period, even if they meet multiple eligible criteria.

Degree- and Certificate-seeking Students

To be eligible to receive emergency aid as degree- or certificate-seeking students, they must be enrolled at Valencia College in at least one course in a degree or certificate program in the Fall 2021 term and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling.

Eligible degree- and certificate-seeking students who apply for a HEERF III grant and have an expected family contribution (EFC) of zero through their 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will receive $2,000. Students must have a 2021-22 FAFSA on file to be potentially eligible to receive this amount.

Eligible students who apply for a HEERF III grant and do not have an expected family contribution (EFC) of zero or students who have not completed their 2021-22 FAFSA will receive a $1,500 grant.

Accelerated Skills Training Students

To be eligible to receive emergency aid as students enrolled in a Valencia College Accelerated Skills Training (AST) program, they must be enrolled in an AST program that meets anytime between Monday, August 23 and Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Eligible AST students who apply for a HEERF III grant will receive a $1,000 grant.

Intensive English Program and English for Speakers of Other Languages Students

To be eligible to receive emergency aid as students enrolled in a Valencia College Intensive English Program (IEP) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, students must be enrolled in an IEP or ESOL program that meets anytime between Monday, August 23 and Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Eligible language students who apply for a HEERF III grant will receive a $500 grant.

For more information on HEERF III, including frequently asked questions, visit the webpage.

2 Comments

  • Karen Murray said:

    Why aren't EAP students eligible?
    They are generally much more needy than IEP students.

    PMTue, 02 Nov 2021 20:47:17 +0000Tue, 02 Nov 2021 20:47:17 +0000pm21,8:47 pm

  • Daniel Tobias Barkowitz said:

    Karen EAP students are eligible as they are degree or certificate students. They are eligible for $1500 or $2000 depending on their EFC

    PMTue, 02 Nov 2021 21:59:31 +0000Tue, 02 Nov 2021 21:59:31 +0000pm21,9:59 pm

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