HEERF III Funding - Fall 2021 - CLOSED

HEERF III Funding - Fall 2021 - CLOSED

HEERF III - Emergency Federal Grants to Students Affected By Covid-19 at Rowan University - Fall 2021 - CLOSED



Rowan University is participating in the third round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) aid that was authorized under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021.  Rowan received $40,808,150 in HEERF III funds of which $19,390,719 remains to be disbursed to students in need of emergency assistance.    

Students May Apply For Federal Relief Funds Starting October 4, 2021

Rowan University is committed to providing financial aid to students in need, and all the more during the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The most immediate source of aid is federal funding, which begins with the third round of HEERF III aid that was authorized under the ARP Act of 2021.

Starting October 4, 2021, students who meet the eligibility requirements (see below) will be able to apply for assistance by completing the HEERF III - Student Emergency Assistance Form.  All requests for assistance must be received by 5:00 pm on October 22, 2021. 

Instructions for accessing the form are as follows:

  • Log into Self-Service Banner using your Rowan Network ID and password. 
  • Once logged in, go to the "Student" tab and select the link “Submit Electronic Forms”.
  • Select the “HEERF III - Student Emergency Assistance” form and complete as instructed.

Distribution of Grants

The maximum emergency assistance grant is $3,712.50 per student, with "low resourced" students receiving a multiplier of 1.5x.  A team of professionals from the Offices of the Bursar and Financial Aid will be reviewing requests.  Funds will be disbursed to students through direct deposit to personal accounts on record or through a check mailed to the address on record.  It may take up to three (3) weeks from the date of each student’s submission to receive payment.

Process and Evaluation

In alignment with federal recommendations, Rowan developed a point system to help evaluate who was in most need and helped determine how to distribute the funds based on a rubric that measures five (5) components of award. Students self-disclosed their “need” by answering a series of questions. The point system allows for 100 maximum points based on the following categories:

  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing Security
  • Course Material/Technology
  • Unemployment/Reduction in Hours
  • Low-Resourced Students 1.5x


As per federal requirements, students who are or were enrolled during the COVID-19 national emergency, and who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) are eligible for HEERF III relief funds, regardless of whether they completed a FAFSA or are eligible for Title IV.  Additionally, students who fall in any of the following categories are eligible for HEERF III funding:

  • Non-degree seeking, non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students;
  • Students exclusively enrolled in distance education; and
  • Refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students.

Rowan University employees (except those hired as student workers) are ineligible for this funding.

We are committed to helping you make the most of the investment you have already made in your education. We encourage you to take advantage of the support available to you as soon as possible.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our staff, or you can reference our FAQ page here.