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Gator Cares Summer Funding Opportunities

UHD is pleased to offer financial assistance to students through the Gator Cares program, which allocates over $2.73 million received from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act to help students who have been impacted by COVID‐19.

Students choosing to enroll in the Summer 2021 term will be eligible for up to $1,100 based on the number of hours enrolled and their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students must also indicate that they were impacted by the pandemic in any capacity. If you can identify any impact to your life from the pandemic, you may qualify.

Steps to apply:

  1. Submit the Gator Cares application​.
  2. Monitor your GatorMail and myUHD accounts for updates and award notices.

Students who receive Gator Cares awards can select their preferred award method:




Gator Cares allows for students to have awarded funds pay their past and current balances for tuition and fees. Gator Cares takes less time to process because funds are internally transferred from Financial Aid to the student's account. Any remaining balance will be refunded directly to the student using their BankMobile refund preference.







Gator Cares Direct allows for students to have awarded funds directly refunded to their BankMobile refund preference​ for expenses outside of the University. Gator Cares Direct may take more time to process because funds are internally transferred from Financial Aid to Student Business Services, then refunded directly to the student using their Bank​Mobile refund preference.​




Gator Cares funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. These awards do not need to be paid back. Students must be U.S. citizens to qualify.

Students who have not submitted a 2020-2021 FAFSA are eligible for Discretionary Awards (different application) starting June 15, 2021.

Please note that Gator Cares awards are in addition to any other summer financial aid you may receive. 

For questions about the Gator Cares program, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at uhdfinaid@uhd.edu​


Last updated 4/26/2021 4:41 AM