Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III – Closed


UT Health San Antonio signed and returned to the U. S. Department of Education, the Certification & Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 314(a)(1), (a)(4) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), which is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, was signed into law on March 11, 2021.  This law provides $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HEERF III funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.



UT Health San Antonio has received an allocation of $2,024,065 for direct-to-student grants for students who are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Students are eligible to apply for a one-time grant of $1,000 if they are enrolled at UT Health San Antonio and have exceptional need as a result of the pandemic.   An estimated 3,400 students are enrolled and potentially eligible to receive a grant if they have been impacted by the pandemic.  Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis using the date the application was submitted.  The application process will close when the applications received by the Office of Veteran Services and Financial Aid reaches the threshold of funds to be distributed.


Application Process – Closed

To submit an application you must log in to “My UT Health” by first signing into the Global Protect VPN using your UTHSCSA credentials.  You may need to clear your computer history (cache) if you use the same browser that you use to connect to your “livemail” account or you can try a different browser.  The IMS Service team can assist you with access issues and can be reached at IMS-ServiceDesk@uthscsa.edu or 210 567-7777 if you have difficulty logging in.

Once you are logged in please click on the application link to begin.  You will receive an online confirmation indicating you have completed the application successfully.

Due to the expected volume of responses please allow at least two weeks for your application to be reviewed.  An email will be sent to your student (livemail) account to inform you of either the approved or denied status of your application.

Staff in either the Veteran Services and Financial Aid office or the Bursar’s office will  not be able to provide updates on the status of  your application until after the email has been sent to you.   Please keep in mind that HEERF III grants are not part of your financial aid awards so click here for instructions on how to view on your student tuition and fee account after your grant has been posted.


Option 1 – Full Refund to Student

Students who select this option will receive the funds, via direct deposit or paper check depending upon the student’s preferences as recorded in My Student Center.

Option 2 – Apply Towards Account Balance

Students who select this option will have the credit applied their tuition and fee account.  Any funds remaining will be refunded to the student in the same manner as shown in Option 1 above as credit balances cannot be held for future semester tuition and fee charges.

Other Considerations

Amounts received are not taxable to the student and will not be reported on the students 1098T according to guidance published by the IRS.