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COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Graduate Students

Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) II Funds for Graduate Students

The University of Illinois has launched a second COVID-19 emergency grant program for graduate students. The program is funded in large part by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II, which is part of the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021.

These grants are dedicated to helping graduate students who demonstrate exceptional need. Grants can be used toward educational costs and other emergency costs that have arisen due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

How much are the grants for?

Grants for graduate students will be available in amounts between $500 and $1000.

Who is eligible?

Degree-seeking students enrolled in any graduate program (including professional programs) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are eligible to apply, regardless of nationality or citizenship status.

Students must be registered during the Spring 2021 semester to qualify.


Applications will be accepted Friday, March 19, through Friday, April 2, at 11:59 p.m.

How to apply

Eligible students can apply by completing and submitting this online application form.

Notification and disbursement

Recipients will be notified by May 6, 2021.

If you are awarded funding, it will come to you in the form of a grant that will be processed through your student account. The grant does not need to be repaid. The grant will not be applied to any balance currently owed to the University unless the recipient chooses to do so.



If you have questions, please contact us at or (217) 333-0035.