Emergency Relief Grant HEERF 3.0

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF 3.0) provides federal emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to COVID-19 as stipulated by the U.S. American Rescue Plan was signed into law on March 11, 2021. HEERF 3.0 Emergency Relief Grant funding is one-time funding divided between undergraduate, graduate, and professional students based on the percentage of enrollment.

HEERF applications are closed

The application period for HEERF funds has ended.

  • Federal regulations require schools to confirm that a student receiving HEERF 3.0 Emergency Relief Grant has been enrolled in at least one unit since the Spring 2020 semester to the present.

    The U.S. Department of Education allows these federal funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, or non-matriculated students.

  • Undergraduate Students who completed the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), demonstrated exceptional financial need as determined by their FAFSA, expected family contribution (EFC) ranging from $0-$15,000, and are enrolled in at least one unit for the Spring 2022 semester were prioritized and automatically received a one-time, lump-sum grant of $1900. No separate application was needed.

    Graduate Students who completed the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), demonstrated exceptional financial need as determined by their FAFSA, expected family contribution (EFC) ranging from $0-$15,000, and are enrolled in at least one unit for the Spring 2022 semester were prioritized and automatically received a one-time, lump-sum grant of $940. No separate application was needed.

    LMU Loyola Law School Students who completed the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), demonstrated exceptional financial need as determined by their FAFSA expected family contribution (EFC) ranging from $0-$15,000, and are enrolled in at least one unit for the Spring 2022 semester were prioritized and automatically receive a one-time, lump-sum grant of $940. No separate application was needed.

  • HEERF 3.0 funding from the U.S. Department of Education is specifically designated to assist students with economic hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are meant to help students with expenses incurred during Spring 2020 to present associated with online learning, housing, food and utilities, medical expenses, child care, technology and tuition. 

  • Students were able to apply for HEERF 3.0 funding if they already received CARES or HEERF 2.0 funding in prior semesters.  However, the HEERF 3.0 application is now closed. 

  • LMU Undergraduates and Graduate students with an EFC range of $0-$15,000 and a Spring 2022 semester balance were prioritized and sent an email to complete the HEERF 3.0 Questionnaire; where you may select the option ‘Yes, apply HEERF 3.0 funds to my past due balance.’  HEERF 3.0 funds may only be used towards Spring 2022 semester balance with the student’s written (or electronic) authorization.

    If you choose to not take action or select to not apply HEERF 3.0 funds to your past due balance, you will receive an email within 5-10 business days from our partner, Paymerang/Deluxe Corporation, the eCheck processor for Loyola Marymount University, notifying you of the funds and explaining how to access these funds. 

  • Students considered for this HEERF 3.0 funding use may receive up to $2,300, which may be applied directly to the Student Account balance or received as a digital eCheck for emergency costs associated due to COVID-19.

  • Students are encouraged to fill out the ‘HEERF 3.0 Questionnaire’ as soon as they receive an email communication from Financial Aid. We will send email communication to your Lion account. Students may take action until Friday, May 6, 2022.

     

     

  • Students will receive an email to their LMU account from our partner, Deluxe Corporation (eCheck processor for Loyola Marymount University/Paymerang), notifying them of the funds and explaining how to access these funds. Please ensure that app@echecks.com is whitelisted in your email account so that this message does not go into your Spam folder. Whitelisting is a quick, one-time-only task to ensure the sender of an email gets added to the recipient’s address book or safe senders list.

    This notification email will include a link to the Deluxe Corp. website, where students can retrieve a PDF file of their checks. There is no need to enter any personal information or create an account with Deluxe, and there is no fee to receive your check. Students have the option of printing the check on plain paper and taking it to the bank or depositing the check via a mobile banking app. There is no charge to download and print it as a Guest. However, a check can only be downloaded one time.

  • Federal emergency relief grant assistance allocations must be utilized in full by the end of the Spring 2022 semester. We will assess federal regulations if additional funding resources arise for LMU Undergraduates, Graduates, and LMU Loyola Law School students beyond Spring 2022. This FAQ page will continue to be updated with relevant information as it becomes available.

  • This grant does not need to be listed as part of your income on your 2022 tax return.

  • Students and families who have experienced a significant change to their family’s circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic may consider a 2021-22 Appeal and Special Circumstance Form available on the Financial Aid website here

  • Since these funds can only be used for specific costs incurred as a result of COVID-19, they will not affect future financial aid eligibility. These costs include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and tuition.

  • Please email Financial Aid here with “HEERF 3.0” in the subject line.

  • For more information about Loyola Marymount University's response to the coronavirus pandemic, click here.

  • You can find the archived CARES information page here. 

    CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Funds are no longer available. Any remaining CARES funding has been reallocated into HEERF 2.0 funds.

     

  • You can view the archived HEERF 2.0 information page here

    HEERF 2.0 Emergency Relief Grant Funds are no longer available. Any remaining HEERF 2.0 funding has been reallocated into HEERF 3.0. Please refer back to Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF 2.0).