Federal Emergency Grant for Students

The federal government has provided UWM with nearly $8.5 million through the 2021 CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) to help students who have emergency expenses due to COVID-19 on or after December 27, 2020. These funds are for any item included in their cost of attendance, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, and childcare.

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Who Qualifies?

To qualify for a Higher Education Emergency Relief grant, students must:

  • Have incurred emergency expenses due to COVID-19 on or after December 27, 2020, (the date the legislation was signed) for any item included in your cost of attendance such as tuition, food, housing, health care, and childcare for the Spring 2021 term.
  • Have been enrolled in a degree seeking program for the Spring 2021 term at the conclusion of the add/drop period, February 7, 2021.
  • Have filed a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to document being a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. If you have not already completed a FAFSA, you should do so immediately at as the results will need to be received by UWM no later than March 5, 2021. Processing times usually take at least a week so please plan accordingly.

Institutions are required to prioritize grants to students demonstrating exceptional financial need. Exceptional financial need will be determined based upon applications submitted and using the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the FAFSA.

How to Apply

Students can apply by completing a short grant application. Grants will be determined in part, by how many applications are received. We want to help as many students as possible.

Application Deadline

All applications submitted by 8 a.m. March 9, 2021, will be considered.


If you have questions about eligibility or the grant application process, email