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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund- Student Aid

Litigation Updates Applicable to certain institutions (Last Updated 9/8/2020)

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.

Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education but should contact their institutions for further information and guidance. Institutions have the responsibility of determining how grants will be distributed to students, how the amount of each student grant is calculated, and the development of any instructions or directions that are provided to students about the grant.

How to Apply for Funding: HEERF-Student Aid

CARES HEERF Certification and Agreement - Student Portion

Formula allocations

Frequently Asked Questions


The funding opportunity number is ED-GRANTS-041020-003. If you have questions concerning this program, please submit them via e-mail to, or by phone, at 202-377-3711.


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Last Modified: 07/27/2021