The UO received federal stimulus funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). In March 2020, congress enacted the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As part of the CARES Act, the UO received $16,095,946, through funds known as HEERF I. Of these funds, $8,047,973 were reserved to provide financial support to students impacted by a disruption in campus operations due to the coronavirus. In December 2020, the UO received an additional $8,047,973 in funding for students through the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), known as HEERF II.
Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Grant (HEERF II)
CRRSAA funds will be awarded to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are currently enrolled at the UO and who have demonstrated exceptional need based on their FAFSA information. There is no application process and awards will be a fixed amount of $900 spring term 2021. CRRSAA awards for spring term 2021 have been made and all recipients have been notified via email. Students that are experiencing financial hardship due to a required COVID-19 quarantine or self-isolation may be eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Quarantine Fund.
Federal Eligibility Criteria
- Undergraduate, graduate and law students eligible to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Students identified as having exceptional need based on their FAFSA information.
- Eligible expenses that are a part of a student's cost of attendance or emergency costs such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or child care.
CRRSAA Recipients Spring 2021
- Fixed amounts of $900 to students with exceptional need based on their FAFSA information that meet eligibility criteria.
- Fixed amounts of $587 to students with need based on their FAFSA information that meet eligibility criteria and had requested a triple room for their housing option.
The COVID-19 Quarantine Fund was created to assist students experiencing financial hardship due to a required COVID-19 quarantine or self-isolation. Impacted students can apply for and receive up to $1,400 for documented hotel and food costs incurred while in quarantine or self-isolation time. Funding is available through HEERF funds received by the University of Oregon.
- COVID-19 Quarantine Fund Application - (June 21 - September 10)
Applications for funding will be considered on a funds-available basis. Documentation of expenses is required.
Emergency CARES Act Grant (HEERF I)
These funds went to eligible UO students that completed the online CARES Act Grant application and demonstrated eligible expenses related to the coronavirus such as medical, food, housing, utility and technology expenses; relocation costs to return home; unexpected childcare; course materials; and other unexpected expenses included in the student’s cost of college attendance. Requests to fund expenses for housing and food were only considered if the costs were new or unexpected, such as when the student had experienced a loss of employment.
Award amounts varied by student and were unique to each student’s circumstances and specific expenses. The university experienced significant demand for the funds, and award amounts were sometimes less than the amount requested by the student as CARES funding was limited. Applications were no longer accepted once funds were exhausted.
- Undergraduate, graduate and law students eligible to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International, DACA, or undocumented students were not eligible.
- Eligible expenses related to the coronavirus such as medical, and technology expenses, unexpected childcare, course materials, and other unexpected expenses included in the student’s cost of college attendance.
- Students not exclusively taking online courses (does not include courses that moved to remote instruction due to campus disruptions).
Is there any other emergency support available?
The UO has institutional funds available to assist students who are not eligible for CARES Act or CRRSAA funding. These include the UO Students in Crisis Fund, where students can apply for assistance through the Office of the Dean of Students.
How long does it take to process my quarantine fund application?
Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible but decisions and notifications may take up to two weeks.
How do I know my quarantine fund application was successfully submitted?
Log into the Scholarship Dashboard and choose the "Opportunities" tab. Select the "Specialty Awards" and then review your application.
How do I modify my quarantine fund application after I submit it?
If you wish to provide additional information or changes after submitting your application, you must contact our office via email to request instructions on how to have your completed application status changed.
Where might I find more information on why my quarantine fund application was not approved?
Contact our office via email for information on why your application was not approved.
If I receive a CARES Act or CRRSAA Grant will it reduce my financial aid?
No. The CARES Act and CRSSAA Grants will not count as financial aid received, so they will not impact your other financial aid.
Will I have to include my CARES Act Grant in my income for tax purposes?
The Internal Revenue Service has indicated that any CARES Act Grant that you receive is usually not includable in your gross income*.
*Please consult a tax professional as there may be limited situations where it may count as income.