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Virginia Tech receives, begins posting HEERF II funds to eligible student accounts

From: Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid

Virginia Tech has received funds from the federal government as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) authorized by the CRRSAA supports grants to students with exceptional need affected by the Coronavirus. The Virginia Tech Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid has begun posting these grants to eligible student accounts.

Eligible students must be currently enrolled at Virginia Tech and a United States citizen.  Virginia Tech will use the 2020-2021 FAFSA to confirm citizenship. University Scholarships and Financial Aid will provide block grants of up to $1,200 per eligible student with students receiving the federal Pell Grant for the current academic year being eligible to receive the full $1,200. Graduate and professional students with an Expected Family Contribution that is within Pell Grant eligibility range will also receive the full $1,200. An undergraduate, graduate or professional student who is not Pell Grant eligible and who had a FAFSA calculated Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA less than $17,000 will receive a grant of $800. No individual student will receive a grant of more than $1,200.

Limited additional one-time emergency grants will be available by applying through Virginia Tech Scholarship Central. These one-time emergency grants require FAFSA completion to confirm citizenship status.  No individual student will receive a grant of more than $1,200, whether in a block grant, emergency grant, or in a combination of both types of grant awards.

Students awarded financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants and loans) up to the Cost of Attendance, and students who did not complete financial aid verification for 2020-2021 are not eligible for the block grants, but may apply for an emergency grant. The Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid thoroughly reviewed these eligibility requirements prior to awarding the block grants. A student who does not receive a block grant did not meet these requirements. No individual student will receive a grant of more than $1,200.

For more information on how to apply for the emergency grant, visit  the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid’s website.

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