Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) under the ARP Act


(Links to HEERF I Grant Information and HEERF II Grant Information)

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Pub. L. 117-2). The ARP appropriated funds for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for HEERF to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.  HEERF III allows higher education institutions to use these appropriated funds to support students, and the institution itself, with expenses and financial needs related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Brandeis University is pleased to announce that it has been allotted a third round of funds, designated under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), to assist students with emergency grants. These one-time emergency grants to students may be used 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.” 

The main criterion for a HEERF III Grant is the demonstration of a genuine, eligible expense incurred and that the capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship. 

Eligibility Criteria:

The Department of Education did not place any restrictions on these funds, as they did with HEERF I and II, in regards to citizenship or eligibility for Title IV aid except to require that Brandeis prioritize its distribution of HEERF III funds to students with exceptional financial need.  Thus, the amount of funds for which each student is eligible is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the 20-21 FAFSA or, for students not eligible to file the FAFSA, other financial aid applications currently on file. (Please note that students cannot appeal their need category.) Grant amounts will be awarded to eligible students as follows:


Expected Family Contribution  HEERF III Grant Amount
$0-$10,000 $2,850
$10,001-$25,000 $1,400
$25,001-$50,000 $700
>$50,000 $250
No FAFSA/No application on file $75