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Federal Relief

American Rescue Plan Emergency Student Grant

As of June 30, 2022, FIU has exhausted the student grant portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III (ARP). Therefore, the application is no longer available.

With the funding provided by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, FIU was able to provide emergency grants to over 36,000 students since 2020.

If you are a student facing unexpected hardship, please contact eaid@fiu.edu for resources.

Prior Reports

  • ARP Act

    American Rescue Plan Emergency Student Grant

    As of June 30, 2022, FIU has exhausted the student grant portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III (ARP). Therefore, the application is no longer available.

    With the funding provided by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, FIU was able to provide emergency grants to over 36,000 students since 2020.

    If you are a student facing unexpected hardship, please contact eaid@fiu.edu for resources.

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

    January 1, 2022-March 31, 2022 Report – April 4, 2022 

    1. Florida International University (FIU) acknowledges it signed and returned to the Department th 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 March 31, 2022, is $89,851,816.79.
    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 108,952.
    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 March 31, 2022 is 34,835.
    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

    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.

    7. 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.

     

    October 1, 2021-December 31, 2021 Report – January 10, 2022

    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 December 31, 2021, is $67,696,858.81
    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 December 31, 2021 is 28,944.
    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

    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. 

    7. 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.

     

    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.

    7. 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.

    FAQs

    How can students apply for funds?

    Students can apply for funds by completing an application at go.fiu.edu/eaidrequest.

    Who is eligible for these funds?

    Students who are or were enrolled at FIU during the COVID-19 national emergency (March 13, 2020-present). This includes citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students. International students may also receive HEERF. (Transient non-degree students will be funded by their home institution).

    I applied for CARES Act /CRRSAA funds and did not receive an award. Should I apply again?

    Yes! This is a new set of funds.

    What are the types of expenses covered by this funding?

    These grants may be used for support expenses relating to any component of the student’s cost to attend school (tuition, books, educational materials) or for emergency costs that arose due to the coronavirus (such as food, housing, healthcare or childcare).

    If I applied before and received funds, do I need to apply again to get additional funds? Or is it automatic?

    It is not automatic. If you applied and received CARES/CRRSAA funds previously, you still need to apply again for funds from ARP. These are new funds that require a separate application. Funds will not be awarded automatically.

    How can I help/donate additional funds to help students?

    The Panther Protection Fund assists students facing difficulties threatening to interrupt their education. Grants cover needs not covered by other resources, including tuition, temporary housing, living expenses, food and car repairs.

    The FIUstrong Fund supports the greatest emergency needs of students, faculty and staff when other funding options cannot meet their specific needs. You can give to either fund.

    I received an award but I still have need. What can I do?

    Students who have exceptional additional need can submit additional e-aid requests with documentation confirming additional need/expenses and be considered for more funding. Additional funding is not guaranteed.

    Is there a cap on how much I can get from ARP?

    Yes - Total ARP student emergency grants per student will not exceed the pell max (6,495) per aid year/funding source. If a student has already received the max ARP student emergency grant amount they may be evaluated for support from other available sources, based on availability. Additional funding is not guaranteed.

  • CARES Act

    Institutional 

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

    Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

    Thirty Day Report and disclosure – May 11, 2020

    Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
    Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students -
    Florida International University
    Thirty Day Report and Disclosure
    May 11, 2020

    Florida International University (FIU) acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 11, 2020, and gives the assurance that FIU has used more than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 

    1. The total amount of funds FIU received on April 22, 2020, 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 under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 11, 2020, is $10,796,917.86.
    3. The estimated total number of students at FIU eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act is 34,024. 
    4. The total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 5,544.
    5. The methods used to determine which and how much students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows -
    • A currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student for term of disbursement
    • Eligible for funding under a Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
    • Maximum total award per student is $6,195 (largest Pell award).
    • Awards are prioritized based on student type and individual as explained below:


    Student Type Prioritization Hierarchy

    1. Pell eligible undergraduate students;
      • Undergraduate students within two (2) terms of graduation;
      • Retention/persistence; and
      • Graduate students.
    2. Need Type Prioritization Hierarchy
      1. Food;
      2. Housing;
    3. Educational Technology;
      • Health Care;
      • Child Care;
      • Other (books, transportation, etc).
    • The amount of need type awards are based on FIU’s official cost of attendance as outlined in the chart below. For spring term requests, students may receive up to two (2) months of each individual need category and for the summer term students may receive up to three (3) months of each individual need category.   

    One (1) Month Living Expenses

    UGRD

    GRAD

    ROOM (Housing)

    383

    766

    BOARD (Food)

    316

    316

    TRANSPORTATION

    172

    172

    PERSONAL (utilities/medical/internet)

    145

    145

    TOTAL

    1016

    1399

    6. 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.

    7. 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 CARES Fund Application are provided on the FIU Emergency Aid application. (link to pdf).

    Forty Five Day/FINAL Report – June 25, 2020

    Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
    Section 18004(a)(1) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students -
    Florida International University
    Thirty Day Report – May 11, 2020
    Forty Five Day/FINAL Report– June 25, 2020

    Florida International University (FIU) acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 11, 2020, and gives the assurance that FIU has used more than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 

    1. The total amount of funds FIU received on April 22, 2020, 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 under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 11, 2020, is $10,796,917.86.
    3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 25, 2020, is $19,150,979.00.
    4. The estimated total number of students at FIU eligible to participate in programs under section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act is 34,024. 
    5. The total number of students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 9,551.
    6. The methods used to determine which and how much students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants are as follows -
      • A currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student for term of disbursement
      • Eligible for funding under a Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
      • Maximum total award per student is $6,195 (largest Pell award).
      • Awards are prioritized based on student type and individual as explained below:
        • Student Type Prioritization Hierarchy
          • Pell eligible undergraduate students;
          • Undergraduate students within two (2) terms of graduation;
          • Retention/persistence; and
          • Graduate students.
        • Need Type Prioritization Hierarchy
          • Food;
          • Housing;
          • Educational Technology;
          • Health Care;
          • Child Care;
          • Other (books, transportation, etc).
      • The amount of need type awards are based on FIU’s official cost of attendance as outlined in the chart below. For spring term requests, students may receive up to two (2) months of each individual need category and for the summer term students may receive up to three (3) months of each individual need category.   

    One (1) Month Living Expenses

    UGRD

    GRAD

    ROOM (Housing)

    383

    766

    BOARD (Food)

    316

    316

    TRANSPORTATION

    172

    172

    PERSONAL (utilities/medical/internet)

    145

    145

    TOTAL

    1016

    1399

    7. 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.

    8. 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 CARES Fund Application are provided on the FIU Emergency Aid application:  go.fiu.edu/eaidrequest

  • 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.