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CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund FAQ


Second Round Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) – Student Aid

The federal government passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), effective December 27, 2020.  This included a second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II).

If you received an email on March 11, 2021 through your student email account directing you to update direct deposit and/or mailing address, you have been identified as a student eligible to receive funds from this grant. Payments will be made on a predetermined formula based on Spring 2021 enrollment as of February 25, 2021 with priority placed on students with the highest need. If you did not complete a FAFSA then your estimated family contribution (EFC) score was calculated at the 12,001+ (Tier 3). A link to the aid amounts can be found below. There will not be an application process. The Federal HEERF II Emergency Aid is awarded on a one-time basis, and is not renewable. Due to limited funding, award amounts are not negotiable.

Students who are set up with direct deposit will receive an email through their UCM student email accounts notifying them that their payment has been processed. Please allow up to 3 business days from the email notification for the funds to hit your bank account.  If you do not set up a direct deposit, you will receive a check in the mail to your permanent address and will not receive an email notification.

Direct deposit is the fastest method for you to receive aid and refunds.  Students will have until the close of business (COB) on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 to update their direct deposit information and/or their primary mailing address before UCM starts processing payments.  Additional information on updating this information is below.

Payment Methods:

Direct Deposit/ACH - Students are strongly encouraged to make sure they are set up to receive direct deposit (ACH) from UCM to speed up the receipt of these funds.  Students who are set up with direct deposit will receive their funds first.  If you are already set up for direct deposit, this is how you will receive your funds.  UCM does not use this information to process automatic withdrawals for account balances.

 Update Direct Deposit 


Check - If payment by check is preferred, students need to review their primary mailing address to make sure that it is going to a current address. Please allow at least 2 weeks for the check to arrive at the address on file with UCM through USPS.

Update Primary Address


HEERF II does allow students to use their aid funds to pay down their outstanding account balances with UCM.  UCM will not directly apply the student aid to a student’s account. If you have an amount owed, once you receive the aid, you may use the funds to pay towards your UCM account balance.

HEERF II Student Aid Eligibility and Amounts


For additional information about these funds, please visit the US Department of Education’s website for this program:


Any additional updates of information regarding HEERF II will be posted on this page.

Last modified: March 17, 2021


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