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Greetings Gators,

We recognize the difficulties our students are experiencing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. UHD places your safety as the number one priority at this time, but we also want to ensure that your academic journey continues as planned. That’s where UHD Emergency Funds come in. 

The University is currently awarding funding to currently enrolled students to help them focus on their studies and more importantly, their well being.

UHD Emergency Funds include federal emergency funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the CARES Act, as well as privately raised dollars available through the university’s Gator Emergency Fund.

Gators stick together … no matter what. UHD Emergency Funds can offset the unexpected financial challenges presented by this pandemic and help them achieve their ultimate goal of earning a degree.

Who Can Apply?
Currently enrolled full-time and part-time students (including graduate students) can apply for emergency funds for funding to offset expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19.

Students should submit one application to be considered for funding from either the Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants or the Gator Emergency Fund. Please provide accurate information, as applications that are incomplete or have errors will not be considered.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants
The grants are based on student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the funding is not tied to existing financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The money will be distributed directly to students as quickly as possible.

To be considered for The Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants, students must:
  • Have a 2019 - 2020 FAFSA on file
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (i.e., eligible to receive federal Title IV aid).
  • Be (or have been) enrolled in a degree-seeking or post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program for Spring 2020.
  • Not have been enrolled exclusively in online courses for the spring semester on or prior to March 12, 2020.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on any federal grant.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.

Note: Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants eligibility is based on the above requirements and your answers to the supplemental questions. The award amount will depend on the availability of funds and demonstrated financial need. Priority will be given to full-time students.

Gator Emergency Fund 
To be considered for the Gator Emergency Fund students must: 
  • Be currently enrolled as a UHD degree seeking student for at least six (6) credit hours
  • Be experiencing an unexpected financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Have exhausted all other financial resources, including additional financial aid 
  • Be able to provide any available information and/or documentation as requested on the application

Last updated 5/20/2020 4:59 AM