The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021 was signed by the President on March 11, 2021, in response to COVID-19. This legislation included a third round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III). The University of Central Missouri was awarded HEERF III support from the US Department of Education on 5/21/2021, in the amount of $10,699,104, for direct student aid disbursement as part of this Act.
Domestic undergraduate and domestic graduate students who were deemed eligible to receive funds will receive an email through their UCM student email account in August of their pending aid payment.
International, dual credit, and certificate students will be notified for their aid payment by UCM student email on August 26th.
Payments will be made on a predetermined formula based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 enrollment with priority placed on students with the highest need. A link to the aid amounts can be found below. There will not be an application process. The Federal HEERF III Emergency Aid is awarded on a one-time basis, and is not renewable. Due to limited funding, award amounts are not negotiable.
Students who are set up with direct deposit will receive an email through their UCM student email accounts notifying them that their payment has been processed. Please allow up to 3 business days from the email notification for the funds to hit your bank account. If you do not set up a direct deposit, you will receive a check in the mail to your permanent address and will not receive an email notification.
Direct deposit is the fastest method for you to receive aid and refunds.
Direct Deposit/ACH - Students are strongly encouraged to make sure they are set up to receive direct deposit (ACH) from UCM to speed up the receipt of all reimbursements and any financial aid funds. Students who are set up with direct deposit will receive their funds first. If you are already set up for direct deposit, this is how you will receive your funds. UCM does not use this information to process automatic withdrawals for account balances.
Check - Students not set up for direct deposit need to review their primary mailing address to determine where the check will be sent. If this is an old address, please ensure that you are having your mail forwarded through the USPS to a current address. Please allow at least 2 weeks for the check to arrive at the address on file with UCM through USPS.
HEERF III does allow students to use their aid funds to pay down their outstanding account balances with UCM. UCM will not directly apply the student aid to a student’s account. If you have a balance owed against your UCM account, you may use the funds to pay down the balance.
For additional information about these funds, please visit the US Department of Education’s website for this program: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/arp.html
Any additional updates of information regarding HEERF III will be posted on this page.
Last modified: August 5, 2021
The August 5th and September 2nd HEERF III student aid payments are for students who were enrolled in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
You will receive an email to your UCM student email account notifying you of your eligibility.
A provision included in the American Rescue Plan requires institutions receiving aid from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) to make financial aid applicants aware of the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to the recent unemployment of a family member, or themselves. Students facing this situation may complete the Recalculation of Federal Financial Aid Eligibility form found here: https://www.ucmo.edu/future-students/financing-your-education/financial-aid-forms/
These requests are reviewed by a University of Central Missouri Financial Aid Administrator. Students seeking a review of FAFSA information must complete this form.
NOTE: This form must be filled out completely and the student must provide third-party unrelated professional documentation to support the request. The Recalculation Form mentioned above provides a list of the necessary documents required in each specific situation.
For example, a change in employment or unemployment would require the following documents (additional documentation may be requested):
Once the Financial Aid Administrator receives a completed application and documentation, requests are typically reviewed and a decision made within 7 to 10 business days. Students are notified by the Financial Aid Administrator of the decision. Filing of the request does not guarantee a change in the FAFSA results.
If students believe they qualify for a Professional Judgment, or if they have questions or need additional information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 660-543-8266 to discuss their situation.