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The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) & Student Funds
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides funding to colleges and universities for students and for institutional costs related to COVID-19. These funds are being distributed in two phases, with aid to students being released first.
Allocations to each college and university were determined by the Department of Education (DoED) and the CARES Act, based on student enrollment and weighted toward the number of students who received a federal Pell Grant. These emergency grants will be distributed to students by their colleges and universities.
How HEERF Funds are Distributed
At least half of the HEERF funds received by each institution must be used to provide emergency financial assistance grants to currently enrolled students for college-related expenses due to the coronavirus disruption. The remaining half of the allocated funds may be used for institutional costs related to coronavirus.
You may read the DoED FAQ for the student portion of HEERF below.
HEERF Fund Distribution at the University of Nebraska
The University of Nebraska received a total of $31,609,613 from HEERF. The four University of Nebraska campuses were allocated the following amounts:
UNK: $3,925,967 total
$1,962,984 goes to UNK students for emergency financial assistance grants. Please find the DoED award letter to UNK below.
UNL: $15,628,700 total
$7,614,350 goes to UNL students and $200,000 to NCTA students for emergency financial assistance grants. Please find the DoED award letter to UNL below.
UNMC: $1,295,673 total
$647,837 to UNMC students for emergency financial assistance grants. Please find the DoED award letter to UNMC for the student portion below.
UNO: $10,759,273 total
$5,379,637 goes to UNO students for emergency financial assistance grants. Please find the DoED award letter to UNO for the student portion below.
University of Nebraska HEERF News