COVID-19 relief 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III

The application process for summer semester Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III) has concluded. Student Financial Services received approximately 3,400 applications for assistance from VCU students.

The HEERF III online application to be considered for fall 2021 funding will open on August 16, 2021 at noon. Please check back and apply at that time.

VCU received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III) as authorized by the American Rescue Plan of 2021. A limited number of student grants for financial assistance related to the coronavirus pandemic were made available to all students enrolled in the summer 2021 semester.


Grants could be requested for the following expenses:

  • Tuition and fee assistance
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Meals or groceries
  • Textbooks, calculators, study guides, supplies, special class equipment, etc.
  • Transportation to and from school or work
  • Child care or elder care to take care of a parent in order to attend classes or study
  • Desktop/laptop purchase or desktop/laptop upgrade for online education needs (see sci.vcu.edu for suggested minimum VCU technology requirements)
  • Internet connectivity such as a cellular hotspot, satellite or cable for online education needs
  • Health care (including mental health care)