UWM Hardship Relief

UWM Hardship Relief 

UW-Milwaukee recently announced that it is using some of the institutional portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III grants through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 to forgive outstanding balances incurred by undergraduate and graduate students during the 2020-21 academic year. Nearly 2,000 students who owed an average of $2,700 had their debt wiped away. Students did not have to take any action; their debt was automatically relieved.   

We recognize that some students who already paid their 2020-21 balances in full also faced hardships, so we’ve set aside a pool of funds to support those students as well.  

Student interested in being considered for a UWM Hardship Relief grant are encouraged to complete the short application below. Note that this aid program is separate from the $25 million in emergency grants in the student portion of HEERF III. Some students may be eligible for both.   

Questions about the UWM Hardship Relief program can be directed to cares-grant@uwm.edu.   


Who Qualifies? 

To qualify for UWM Hardship Relief, you: 

  • Must have been enrolled at UWM during the 2020-2021 academic year. 
  • Were not included in the debt forgiveness program announced by UWM on Aug. 20, 2021 for those with outstanding balances.  
  • Must have faced a hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Application Process 

To apply, click on the link to complete the brief application. All applications must be submitted by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, to be considered. 


If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, email cares-grant@uwm.edu.