Site Search

HEERF – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

American Rescue Plan: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III)

Midland University continues to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, many of whom are facing financial challenges.

In fall 2021, grants are being funded by the federal government through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III, established by the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

About the American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)

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

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These awards are separate from additional financial aid students may receive from Midland University.

Who is Eligible for a HEERF III student award?

Emergency awards are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing unexpected financial stresses due to the COVID-19 crisis. The FAFSA is used to determine Title IV eligibility and students who were not able to complete a FAFSA can be considered by completing an institutional application documenting their need or expenses. Students are required to complete an application for an award to identify their need.

How much will I receive?

Award amounts are determined based on several factors, including but not limited to Pell Grant recipients, recipients of institutional need-based aid, and recipients of other non-institutional need-based aid. Awards may also be limited based on the number of applicants and funding availability.

What can the award be used for? 

Emergency Grants may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), childcare, and other educational expenses.

Application Form

Applications are not currently being accepted. Students will be notified when the application is available.


Health Tips

There are several actions individuals can take to prevent the spread of potential viruses. 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends avoiding non-essential travel to China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea. If you plan to travel internationally, visit the CDC website at for updated travel advisories and necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy during travels. Those who plan to travel internationally should consult with their healthcare provider and let a Midland advisor or manager know. Three Rivers Public Health Department, which serves Dodge County, recommends not canceling school-related or school-sponsored domestic travels at this time.

Other Helpful Links

The Midland Student Health Department is in continuous communication with Three Rivers and receives updated information from the Nebraska State Health Department and the CDC. Midland Student Health is available to consult students, faculty, and staff as needed. For additional information or questions, please contact Midland Student Health at 402-941-6450 or

HEERF Required Reporting

I Accept

This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. If you continue using our website, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website and you agree to our Privacy Policy.