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Federal Relief

American Rescue Plan Emergency Student Grant

FIU students who were enrolled during the pandemic (March 13, 2020-present) may now apply for emergency grants funded by the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).

The application is now available at go.fiu.edu/eaidrequest.

Students who previously applied or were awarded CARES or CRRSAA Act funding, need to re-apply if they are still in need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency grants will be awarded based on demonstrated need and will provide funds for students to use towards eligible expenses under cost of attendance, including tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Report and Disclosure

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
CARES, CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Florida International University

July 1, 2021-September 30, 2021 Report – October 10, 2021

  1. Florida International University (FIU) acknowledges it signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and that we have used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CARES, CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. The total amount of funds FIU received under the CARES, CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs, from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution to students is $101,060,276.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CARES, CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of September 30, 2021, is $58,421,393.38
  4. The estimated total number of students at FIU eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES, CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs is 96,609.
  5. The total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under the CARES, CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs through September 30, 2021 is 26,504.
  6. Award Process: Students respond to the question: I have experienced exceptional need due to the pandemic and am requesting emergency financial aid for: Educational or living expenses? Yes/No If yes- Students will check a box(es) indicating that they need support with a COA category (Food, Housing, tuition, etc.) and they will get the max COA cost for that category. Initial awards will be based on the COA costs they indicate up to a total award of 1,200 per student. Students may request additional assistance as needed (process outlined below).
Cost of Attendance

Living Expenses per semester

UGRD

GRAD

Housing

1,532

3,064

Food

1,264

1,264

Medical

193.33

193.33

Childcare

193.33

193.33

Technology

193.33

193.33

Tuition

1,200

1,200

Educational Materials

375

500

Students can select how they wish their grant to be applied by answering the question: I authorize FIU to apply federal student emergency funds directly to my account.

I have the right to decline any emergency aid be applied to my student account to pay off debts.  I may instead use the funds for any component of your cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. (eg. tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or childcare)

  • Yes- please apply funds directly to my balance and refund any difference to me.
  • No- please refund funds directly to me.

In accordance with HEERF guidance students with exceptional need (pell eligible) and domestic students are prioritized. Students who have additional need beyond the initial award can submit additional requests with documentation confirming need/expenses and be considered for more funding. Total HEERF 3 student emergency grants per student will not exceed the pell max (6,495). If a student has already received the max HEERF 3 student emergency grant amount they may be evaluated for support from other available sources. Additional funds will be awarded based on the same hierarchy with priority (above) and based on funding availability.

Financial aid administrators may exercise professional judgment in making awards and assisting students who have extenuating circumstances which warrant a reevaluation of their emergency aid award. 

  1. The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by FIU to all students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were sent via University email, published on the University website, and announced on the Student Portal. Instructions on how to complete our HEERF Fund Application are provided on the FIU Emergency Aid application and on the right upper corner of this page:  go.fiu.edu/eaidrequest.

Prior Reports

  • CARES Act

    Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
    Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional, (a)(2) and (a)(3) Funds
    Florida International University

  • CRRSAA Grant

    January 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021 Report – April 9, 2021

    Florida International University (FIU) acknowledges it received CRRSAA funds on  January 14, 2021, and gives the assurance that FIU has used more than 50% of the funds received under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 

    1. The total amount of funds FIU received on January 14, 2021, from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution to students is $19,150,979.00.
    2. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA as of March 31, 2021, is $12,797,125.78.
    3. The estimated total number of students at FIU students eligible* (at FIU) to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA is 36,091.
    4. The total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under section 314(a)(1) of the CRRSAA is 10,828.
    5. Financial aid administrators may exercise professional judgment to assist students who have extenuating circumstances which warrant a reevaluation of their CRRSAA/emergency aid award. 
    6. The instructions, directions, or guidance provided by FIU to all students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were sent via University email, published on the University website, and announced on the Student Portal. Instructions on how to complete our CRRSAA Fund Application are provided on the FIU Emergency Aid application: go.fiu.edu/eaidrequest

    *Student Eligibility
    • Undergraduate or Graduate students
    • Must be enrolled for term of disbursement (Spring 2021)
    • FAFSA on file
      • Though students do not need to eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965- requiring a FAFSA allows us to verify citizenship and evaluate need. It also encourages students to complete a FAFSA and maximize their opportunity for aid.
      • If a student has a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility.