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COVID-19 Emergency Grants

Graduate and Professional students enrolled for Fall 2021 who are experiencing exceptional financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are now able to apply for an emergency financial aid grant from the University’s Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) III allocation.

The funds can be used to cover any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs due to COVID-19, including tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care, provided that the expense was incurred on or after the start of the national COVID-19 emergency on March 13, 2020, and the expenses were not already covered by other sources of funding.

How much are the grants for?

Grants can be requested for up to $1,000 per student and do not need to be repaid.

Who is eligible?

Students enrolled in an on-campus or online graduate program are eligible to apply regardless of nationality or citizenship status. You should only request COVID-19 emergency grant funds if these costs have not been met by other sources. Submission of an application serves as affirmation that a student will use the grant for eligible expenses in accordance with the American Rescue Plan.

How to apply

Complete and submit this online application form.

Application period

The application will be available from Monday, August 23, to Friday, September 17. Funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until HEERF III funds allocated for graduate and professional students for Fall 2021 have been awarded. Students cannot submit more than one application for the HEERF III COVID-19 Emergency Grant.

Notification and disbursement

Students who are awarded funding will receive notification via their university email account, and all emergency grants will be refunded directly to the student.

HEERF III COVID-19 Emergency Grants are administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid. You can check the status of your grant by logging back into the application or by checking your student account. Application processing can take up to 3 weeks. If you have questions about this program, please contact finaid@illinois.edu or 217-333-0100.

For information about another grant program, HEERF III COVID-19 Doctoral Program Disruption Grants, see this webpage.