Auburn awarded $20.5 million in additional emergency student funding amid COVID-19 pandemic

Published: September 07, 2021

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Auburn has been awarded $20.5 million in additional federal emergency student funding to address certain COVID-19-related expenses. 

The funding, made possible from the U.S. Department of Education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF III, marks the third round of such relief aid to Auburn in the past 18 months to provide emergency help to students due to COVID-19. The aid will be prioritized to students based on exceptional need as determined by the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The application for this limited funding will remain open until all funds are spent. 

Emergency grants to eligible undergraduate, graduate, professional and international students may be used toward emergency costs involving housing, health care, child care, food and tuition expenses. Students interested in applying for such aid must first have on file with Auburn a completed 2021-22 FAFSA with a calculated Expected Family Contribution, or EFC – non-U.S. citizens are not required to file FAFSA.  Potential recipients must also be currently enrolled at Auburn for fall 2021 and must submit this HEERF III Application.

Auburn anticipates a large volume of applications and will work to process those received as quickly as possible. The university’s goal is to fund eligible students within 10 business days after an application is submitted. If approved, students will receive an email from Accounts Payable when their direct deposit has been processed. Students should note that a submitted application does not guarantee receipt of funds as priority must be given to students with exceptional need as determined by the 2021-22 FAFSA.