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Financial Aid and Scholarships

General FAQ's

NOTE: HEERF Funds have now been exhausted and we can no longer process appeals. Please review the Appeals tab on our website (you can find it under "Undergraduate" and "Graduate" tabs) for other appeal options.

What is HEERF3?

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 included additional Covid-19 relief through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act (HEERF 2). The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021 (HEERF 3), with some changes, is a continuation of the CRSSAA program. The total amount of funds that UCLA has received from the Department under ARP was $93,156,124 of which $46,579,028 will be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need.

When will HEERF3 awards be made to students?

Under the leadership of Vice Provost of Enrollment Management, Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, Financial Aid and Scholarships Office consulted with campus partners, including Graduate Division, Student Affairs, and Graduate Student Association (GSA) to ensure relief funds are awarded and distributed in an equitable and inclusive way and in alignment with federal requirements. Our goal is to maximize all available sources of relief funding to award as many eligible students as possible, as quickly as possible. We expect to be able to start making awards before the end of October 2021.

Who is eligible for HEERF3 funding?

HEERF3 funds are available to citizens, permanent residents and undocumented (AB-540 and non AB540 eligible) students who can demonstrate exceptional financial need on their financial aid application or via an appeal.

International students at UCLA are required to document financial means to obtain appropriate student visas and enroll at UCLA. Thus, international students at UCLA do not complete a means test application such as the FAFSA or DREAM Act application. Given this background, it would be difficult for international students to demonstrate the exceptional financial need status required for HEERF funding while maintaining their legal student visa status. That said, UCLA recognizes that the global pandemic has negatively impacted international students at UCLA and is attempting to identify limited institutional emergency funding for international students on an appeal basis.

How will eligibility be determined?

HEERF3 “block grants” are awards made by Financial Aid and Scholarships based on the data on your financial aid application. Your eligibility will be based on the information available on your 2021/2022 FAFSA or Dream Act application. Awarding priority will be given to students with exceptional financial need as measured by their Expected Family Contribution and who are registered in the Fall Quarter/Semester and enrolled full time. For graduate and professional students, the assessment of exceptional need will also include the analysis of federal/state loans borrowed.

I did not receive HEERF3 block grant; what can I do?

If you did not receive a block grant and you can demonstrate exceptional need related to a change in your circumstances because of the pandemic please submit the HEERF Grant Appeal Form. Financial Aid and Scholarships office will evaluate appeals from students who:

  • completed their FAFSA/DREAM Act applications too late to be awarded block grants
  • have additional circumstances/expenses they would like considered in addition to the block grant received
  • are undocumented non-AB540 eligible students who cannot complete a DREAM Act Application

What are the allowable uses of HEERF3 Emergency Grants?

The institution can award HEERF3 emergency grants to help students cover any component of their cost of attendance or any emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as: tuition, food, housing, health care and child care. The institution is required to prioritize students with exceptional need when making awards.

How will eligible students be notified of their award?

You will receive a new Financial Aid Notification for 2021/2022 academic year showing your award. You will also receive a BruinBill statement when HEERF Grant is disbursed.

How will awards be paid to students?

HEERF3 Emergency Student grants will be released to your BruinBill Account. These awards will bypass any student charges in your account and you will receive a refund for the entire amount of the HEERF grant. Refunds will be processed by Student Accounts office. If you are signed up for BruinDirect (recommended option) your refund will be deposited to your bank account within 2-3 days. If you do not have BruinDirect, please review other BruinBill Refund Methods available.