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American Rescue Plan: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III)—Fall 2021

Villanova University continues to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.

In Fall 2021, grants are being funded by the federal government through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III, established by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), and by the University’s Student Hardship Fund, made possible by institutional funds as well as generous donations from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

Please note: Students experiencing ongoing challenges with financing their educational costs should contact the office appropriate to their enrollment to speak with a representative regarding opportunities that may be available.

About the American Rescue Plan Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III

The American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March 2021, provides economic relief in response to COVID-19. Included in the legislation is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), which provides funding to higher education institutions across the country to distribute to students with financial need.

Eligible student groups include citizens, permanent residents, international students, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers and similar undocumented students. The ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need and authorizes grants to students enrolled in both campus and online programs.

ARP funds are in addition to funds previously authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021, and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, 2020. These grants are separate from additional financial aid students may receive from Villanova University.

Who is Eligible for an HEERF III Student Grant?

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for HEERF III funding through Villanova University:

  • Enrolled in the Fall 2021 term (August 23, 2021 – December 17, 2021) in an on-campus or online program. Consideration for students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 but not currently enrolled can be made but priority will be given to those enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Must demonstrate financial need with preference to students with exceptional financial need.

To help determine exceptional financial need, Villanova is requiring all students who are U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to have a 2021-22 FAFSA on file. We encourage you to complete that as soon as possible, as it takes about 3-5 days for the University to receive the results of the FAFSA. Please see below for information on how to apply. If you are not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and cannot complete the FAFSA, the committee will use the respective HEERF III student application (links below) to determine your eligibility.

 

Undergraduate Students

Full-time undergraduate students who received Federal Pell Grants and the need-based Villanova Grants for the 2021-22 academic year will be directly awarded an emergency grant with awards between $250 and $3,000 depending on the student’s financial circumstances presented on the 2021-22 FAFSA. No application is necessary.

The following students are encouraged to apply for assistance through the application link below:

  • Those who did not receive Pell Grants or need-based Villanova Grants, but who have demonstrated exceptional need.
  • Those who received an emergency grant, but have additional exceptional need or expenses related to COVID-19.

To help determine exceptional financial need, Villanova is requiring all students who are U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to have a 2021-22 FAFSA on file. We encourage you to complete that as soon as possible, as it takes about 3-5 days for the University to receive the results of the FAFSA. 

In the spirit of serving as many of Villanova University's students with the greatest need, additional awards are generally between $250-$3,000 per student. Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrated circumstances of extreme hardship.

Those with continuing financial need should apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance for further information.

Please direct any questions to finaidcovid19@villanova.edu.

Undergraduate Students FAQs

Students who received a Federal Pell Grant or a need-based Villanova Grant for the 2021-2022 academic year do not need to apply unless the funding you received does not cover all of your needs. You then would need to complete an application for those additional expenses. 

Students who have exceptional need, but who did not receive a Pell Grant or need-based Villanova Grant, should apply through the link above. 

 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and may take up to ten (10) business days to be reviewed. Due to the limited nature of funds available, we encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

The 2021-22 FAFSA will be used in conjunction with the application to determine a student’s need for the grant. Also, if a student expresses concern about needing additional funding for school, the Office of Financial Assistance can use the FAFSA to counsel the student to determine if there is eligibility for other funding. If you are not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and cannot complete the FAFSA, the committee will use the HEERF III Undergraduate Student application to determine your eligibility.

Villanova cannot guarantee that all who apply for an additional emergency grant will receive an award due to the limited nature of this funding. 

Grants will be distributed to students who demonstrate need, with priority given to those with exceptional need, until funds are exhausted.

No. An emergency grant, whether funded by ARP/HEERF III or the University's Student Hardship Fund, does not need to be repaid. This grant does not impact or replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.

The University adopted a tiered approach to students who already demonstrated financial need (Pell Grant and need-based Villanova Grant recipients) with awards ranging from $250 to $3,000.

Awards for students who were not previously awarded funds (did not receive Pell Grant or need-based Villanova Grant) or who have additional needs will be between $250 and $2,000 depending on demonstrated need. Larger amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrate exceptional need.

Yes, students who were previously awarded emergency grants are eligible to apply again.

Our goal is to award additional emergency grants as quickly as possible, normally within ten (10) business days after receipt of application. This timeline may be extended if your FAFSA information is not on file. You will receive a notification to your Villanova.edu email address notifying you if you received the grant, in what amount and instructions to receive the funds.

If you have signed up for direct deposit of refunds, Villanova will post and direct deposit these funds in the designated bank account. If you have not signed up for direct deposit of refunds, you will need to do so before the funds can be disbursed to you. Click here to see your direct deposit of refunds status or to sign up.

Once logged into your MyNova account, the e-Refund enrollment form can be found in the Student tab under “Bursar links.” Please provide the requested information and submit the completed form.    

The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not pay outstanding balances owed to Villanova. Any outstanding balance remains the responsibility of the student.

No. Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, emergency financial aid grants under ARP/HEERF III are qualified disaster relief payments and will not be taxable.

Students can submit questions to finaidcovid19@villanova.edu. If you have questions about your application for financial assistance not related to the HEERF III or Student Hardship Fund, please direct those questions to finaid@villanova.edu

Students can apply for financial assistance even if they have never applied before. Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance website for information on how to apply for aid for the 2021-22 academic year.


Graduate and Law Students

Full-time graduate and law students who demonstrated exceptional financial need for the 2021-22 academic year will be directly awarded an emergency grant. No application is necessary.

The following students are encouraged to apply for assistance through the application link below:

  • Those who did not receive an emergency grant, but who have demonstrated exceptional need.
  • Those who received an emergency grant, but have additional exceptional need. 

To help determine exceptional financial need, Villanova is requiring all students who are U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to have a 2021-22 FAFSA on file. We encourage you to complete that as soon as possible, as it takes about 3-5 days for the University to receive the results of the FAFSA. If you are not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and cannot complete the FAFSA, the committee will use the HEERF III Graduate/Law Student application to determine your eligibility.

In the spirit of serving as many of Villanova University's students with the greatest need, awards are generally capped at $1,250 per student. Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrated circumstances of extreme hardship. 

Those with continuing financial need are encouraged to apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance for further information; CWSL students should contact the Law School’s Office of Financial Aid.

Please direct any questions to finaidcovid19@villanova.edu.

Graduate and Law Students FAQs

Students who received an emergency grant in August or September 2021 do not need to apply unless the funding you received does not cover all of your needs. You then would need to complete an application for those additional expenses. 

Students with exceptional need who did not receive an emergency grant in August or September 2021 should apply through the link above. 

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for HEERF III funding:

  • Enrolled in the Fall 2021 term (August 23, 2021–December 17, 2021) in an on-campus or online program.  Consideration for students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 but not currently enrolled can be made but priority will be given to those enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Must demonstrate financial need with preference to students with exceptional financial need.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Due to the limited nature of funds available, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The 2020-21 FAFSA will be used in conjunction with the application to determine a student’s need for the grant. Also, if a student expresses concern about needing additional funding for school, the Office of Financial Assistance can use the FAFSA to counsel the student to determine if there is eligibility for other funding. If you are not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and cannot complete the FAFSA, the committee will use the HEERF III Graduate/Law Student application to determine your eligibility.

Villanova cannot guarantee that all who apply for an additional emergency grant, whether supported by HEERF III funds or the University's Student Hardship Fund, will receive an award due to the limited nature of this funding. 

Grants will be distributed to students who demonstrate need, with priority given to those with exceptional need, until funds are exhausted. 

No. An emergency grant, whether funded by ARP/HEERF III or the University's Student Hardship Fund, does not need to be repaid. This grant does not impact or replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.

Yes, students who were previously awarded emergency grants are eligible to apply again.

Awards for graduate students will generally be capped at $1,250

Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrate extreme hardship. Documentation such as receipts for expenses related to your hardship can assist in the determination of the award. However, funding may be limited based on demand and resources available. 

Our goal is to award emergency grants as quickly as possible, ideally within ten (10) business days after receipt of application. This timeline may be extended if your FAFSA information is not on file. You will receive a notification to your Villanova.edu email address notifying you if you received the grant, in what amount and instructions to receive the funds.

If you have signed up for direct deposit of refunds, Villanova will post and direct deposit these funds in the designated bank account.

If you have not signed up for direct deposit of refunds, you will need to do so before the funds can be disbursed to you. Click here to see your direct deposit of refunds status or to sign up.

Once logged into your MyNova account, the e-Refund enrollment form can be found in the Student tab under “Bursar links.” Please provide the requested information and submit the completed form.   

The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not be used to pay outstanding balances owed to Villanova. Any outstanding balance remains the responsibility of the student.

No. Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, emergency financial aid grants under HEERF III are qualified disaster relief payments and will not be taxable.

 

Non-Credit Professional Education Students 

Non-credit professional education students who are facing unexpected financial stresses can apply for an emergency grant. Support may originate from HEERF III funds or the University's Student Hardship Fund, which is made possible by institutional funds as well as generous contributions from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

There is a single application process for non-credit professional education students, regardless of what source of funding might ultimately aid a student. See below for full eligibility requirements.

To help determine exceptional financial need, Villanova is requiring all students who are U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to have a 2021-22 FAFSA on file. We encourage you to complete that as soon as possible, as it takes about 3-5 days for the University to receive the results of the FAFSA. 

In the spirit of serving as many of Villanova University's students with the greatest need, awards for non-credit professional education students will generally range from $250 to $1,500. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as funding is limited.

Please direct any questions to finaidcovid19@villanova.edu.


Non-Credit Professional Education Students FAQs

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for ARP/HEERF III funding:

  • Enrolled between August 23, 2021 – December 17, 2021 in an on-campus or online course.  Consideration for students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 but not currently enrolled can be made but priority will be given to those enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Must demonstrate financial need with preference to students with exceptional financial need.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Due to the limited nature of funds available, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The 2021-22 FAFSA will be used in conjunction with the application to determine a student’s need for the grant. If you are not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and cannot complete the FAFSA, the committee will use the HEERF III Non-Credit Professional Students application to determine your eligibility.

Villanova cannot guarantee that all who apply for an emergency grant, whether supported by HEERF III funds or the University's Student Hardship Fund, will receive an award due to the limited nature of this funding. 

Grants will be distributed to students who demonstrate need, with priority given to those with exceptional need, until funds are exhausted. 

No. An emergency grant, whether funded by HEERF III or the University's Student Hardship Fund, does not need to be repaid. This grant does not impact or replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.

Yes, students who were previously awarded emergency grants are eligible to apply again.

Awards for non-credit professional education students will range from $250-$1,500. Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrate extreme hardship. Documentation such as receipts for expenses related to your hardship can assist in the determination of the award. However, funding may be limited based on demand and resources available. 

Our goal is to award emergency grants as quickly as possible, ideally within ten (10) business days after receipt of application. This timeline may be extended if your FAFSA information is not on file. You will receive a notification to your Villanova.edu email address notifying you if you were awarded the grant, in what amount and instructions to receive the funds. Non-credit students enrolled in programs administratively supported by Bisk will be notified via the email address provided on their Hardship application form.

If you have a Villanova email address, you will need to sign up for direct deposit of refunds. This will allow Villanova to post and direct deposit these funds in the designated bank account. You will need to sign up before the funds can be disbursed to you. Click here to see your direct deposit of refunds status or to sign up.

Once logged into your MyNova account, the e-Refund enrollment form can be found in the Student tab under “Bursar links.” Please provide the requested information and submit the completed form.   

For the non-credit students enrolled in programs administratively supported by Biskthe funds will be sent to you via check at the address provided on your application form. 

The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not be used to pay outstanding balances owed to Villanova. Any outstanding balance remains the responsibility of the student.

No. Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, emergency financial aid grants under HEERF III are qualified disaster relief payments and will not be taxable.