Schools are required to prioritize grants to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need; therefore, the amount disbursed is dependent upon the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, EFC and/or student’s unmet Federal need. Award amounts start at $250.
Students must have a 2021-2022 academic year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file to confirm eligibility for the Lumberjack HEERF and enrolled, full or part-time in a graduate or undergraduate degree program.
More information about HEERF II and Student eligibility can be found here.
Students not eligible include:
If a student is eligible to receive the Lumberjack HEERF Grant, they will have the option to apply the grant funds to their student account balance or receive the funds directly. If a student applies the grant to their LOUIE account, any excess will be refunded via direct deposit or a paper check mailed to them as designated in their LOUIE information. In order to apply funds to a student account, the student must complete the Lumberjack HEERF Grant Account Authorization form.
If the HEERF Lumberjack Account Authorization form is not completed or if the preferences is to have funds sent directly to the student, the grant funds will be sent via direct deposit or paper check as designated in the LOUIE account, without applying to any charges on the account.
To check or update information in LOUIE, login in here
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund, which affords the opportunity for NAU to provide emergency grants to students to help defray expenses related to COVID-19. There is additional funding for universities for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II) established a second fund to allow NAU to award additional grant funds during the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters. Additional HEERF funds were made available for the 2021-2022 academic year.
NAU applied for funding from the federal U.S. Department of Education based on the guidelines in the CARES Act. We received $11.7 million in May, 2020.
NAU was allocated an additional $11.7 million under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II) and $34.0 million under HEERF III for student grants. We will continue to distribute funds through Summer, and Fall semesters in 2021 as well as Spring 2022.
To become eligible for a Lumberjack HEERF II or III grant, the student must file a 2021-2022, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) prior to each semester’s distribution date. The FASFA for this academic year can be completed here. Please note that both the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 FASFAs are available, and either may be completed.
If the student prefers to have the grant funds applied to their student account, they must complete the Lumberjack Account Authorization form by the due date.
The student also must confirm that direct deposit information and mailing address in LOUIE are correct. To check or update information in LOUIE, login in here.
Eligible expenses could include a variety of expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on your academics. Some potential examples are: money spent for unanticipated travel, emergency child care due to extended school closures, and technology expenses.
No. According to the IRS: Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income.
No. Grants are a type of financial assistance that do not need to be repaid.
No, this fund does not negate or replace financial aid. It is a one-time grant.
Yes. CARES grant funds will be sent directly to you even if you have a balance on your account. This grant does not require your account to be at a $0 balance. However, grant funds may be applied directly to a student account.
NAU is using these institutional funds to recover costs associated with the significant changes brought on by the global pandemic.
If you have additional questions, please call 928-523-9501.