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HEERF III Student Emergency Fund Information

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was passed by Congress and signed into law March 11, 2021. The ARP is the third round of funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding package provides aid to higher education students to cover components of attendance costs and emergency costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The total award made to Georgian Court University is $5,017,499.

The total award amount includes $2,516,127 for student awards, and GCU estimates that approximately 1,653 students are eligible for emergency grants. Eligibility has been expanded under HEERF III to include all students enrolled since the start of the pandemic (March 13, 2020). HEERF III eligibility also includes international, undocumented, and DACA students. Students are not required to be Title IV eligible to receive this funding. Students are not required to have a completed a FAFSA to apply, however, to be considered an “exceptional need” award recipient, a completed FAFSA must be on file because students’ expected family contribution (EFC) is used to determine “exceptional need.” Exceptional need is defined as undergraduate or graduate students with a total family expected contribution under 5850. GCU utilized a sliding scale formula to award all other non-Pell income-eligible students.

Status of Grants Distribution

Checks will be mailed to the student addresses on file with the Office of Student Accounts beginning August 25, 2021.


Students who filed or will be filing a FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year may be eligible for a special circumstance review if the information provided on the 2021-2022 FAFSA does not reflect the student’s and/or the family’s current financial or household situation. These circumstances do not have to be directly related to the COVID-19 national emergency. To apply for a special circumstance review, you will need to complete the application and provide the documentation applicable to your situation. The Office of Financial Aid will review your application and documentation to determine if your eligibility for state federal financial aid would change.  The application and required documentation can be e-mailed to financialaid@georgian.edu.  Please redact all personal information such as Social Security numbers before sending your documents. You can also mail your application and required documentation to:

Georgian Court University
Office of Financial Aid
900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701

HEERF Reports

In March 2020, the United States Department of Education announced the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), authorized by the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), which was signed into law on March 27. The intent of Congress was to provide money to colleges to give emergency cash grants to college students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.