HEERF III Award Programs

As a result of the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) additional funding was allocated for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.  This fund directs institutions of higher education to use no less than 50 percent of funds received to provide emergency financial aid grants to students who incurred “expenses related to the disruption of campus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care expenses.”  The emergency relief funding that is to be directly distributed for Radford University students is $12,179,559.     

The week of September 6, 2021, Radford University will notify all enrolled students of their ability to request financial assistance through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) as allocated through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.  Students will receive email notifications on September 7, 2021, September, 17, 2021, and September 23, 2021 alerting them that they can complete the award acknowledgement.  Acknowledgements will be accepted through October 1, 2021.  Students who do not submit the acknowledgement prior to October 1, 2021 may not be considered for a HEERF award for fall semester.

All students, who meet eligibility requirements, will be considered for an award that may be paid directly to the student, or applied to institutional charges, at the student's request.  Students will be required to submit the HEERF Award Acknowledgement to receive financial assistance.

Student award amounts will be based on their individual unmet need.  Unmet need is determined using the following calculation:

Assigned Tuition & Fee Rates plus Room & Board Estimate of $10,330, less the Expected Family Contribution (EFC as determined by the FAFSA), less federal grant awards.  Following is an example of the calculation for an in-state as well as an out-of-state student.

Unmet Need Calculation Example
In-State Out-of-State
Tuition & Fees
$11,542 $23,264
Room & Board
$10,330 $10,330
Charges Used
$21,872 $33,954
EFC ($5,000) ($5,000)
Federal Grant Award
Calculated Unmet Need
$15,327 $27,409
$1,500 $2,000
Unmet Need Category
Award Amount
No FAFSA on File $500
No Need, as determined by FAFSA EFC $500
Unmet need of $1 - $9,999
Unmet need of $10,000 - $19,999
Unmet need of $20,000 or higher $2,000
All Enrolled Graduate Students

Award Review Process

Student requests will be reviewed starting Friday, September 10, 2021.  New student acknowledgements will be reviewed each week.  Students will be notified via email when their request has been reviewed.  This notification will be sent to the student's Radford University email address.  Awards will be posted by the Office of the Bursar and processed according to the information provided in the student submitted acknowledgement.  Please note that it may be 7-10 business days before you are notified that your award has been reviewed.

Award Payment Process

For all students who do not request to have their funds applied to institutional charges you should expect the following timeline:

For students with direct deposit:

If you have direct deposit established with the Office of the Bursar, the payment will be deposited into the account on file.  Direct deposit will take 3-5 business days from the time the award is posted on your student account to be deposited in the account on file.

For all students who request to have their funds applied to institutional charges:

Update as of September 15, 2021 -

Your award credit will be placed on your account and reflected in your overall balance due.

If you have outstanding payments due to the University for the fall semester, it is the student's responsibility to work with the Office of the Bursar to adjust any future payments.

If you do not have an outstanding balance for fall semester the funds will be refunded directly to the student.


Original award payment for students who request to have their funds applied to institutional charges:

If you do not have an outstanding balance for fall semester the credit will remain on your account until you have charges that it may be applied to.  This means that you can request to have this credit placed on your account to help with spring semester charges.

All students who request to have their funds applied to institutional charges and do not enroll for a future semester will have their funds refunded to them after census date for the spring 2022 semester.


Award Cancellation Information

Students who are issued a check will have 120 days to deposit or cash the check.  After 120 days students will receive one written reminder and one phone call reminder before the check is cancelled and the student is no longer eligible to receive the award.

HEERF III Awards as of June 30, 2021

Radford University will award in a manner to best address the program requirements and intent of the funding to ensure students receive the support needed in a fair, equitable, and expedient manner.  As of June 30, 2021 the award criteria are not yet defined.  When an awarding strategy has been defined all updates will be available on this website and emailed to eligible students.