Financial Resources

Relief Dollars are Here for You!

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) was authorized by the American Rescue Plan, signed into law on March 11, 2021, to provide $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to ensure student learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What This Means for You

Maricopa Community Colleges has received money to give to you to help with expenses related to your education. This money can be used for your direct and indirect costs of attendance that arise due to COVID-19.

And the best part is—students who receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding do not need to pay it back*.

You can use these funds for any of the following:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Transportation
  • Personal and miscellaneous items
  • Housing
  • Dependent care and child care
  • Disability expenses
  • Emergency costs, such as healthcare

How to Get Your Cash

  1. Must be enrolled in an MCCCD college as of 3/23/22 for the Spring 2022 term
  2. While not required, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to access and determine eligibility for additional Federal Student Aid programs and consideration for exceptional need under HEERF grants
  3. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information or to schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid advisor
  4. If you qualify, the funds will be automatically added to your student account
  5. Make sure to verify your contact information and refund method in your student center — returned or uncashed funds will be redistributed to other eligible students

Determining Eligibility

  • Students do not need to be eligible for Federal Student Aid to qualify for a Higher Education Emergency Relief grant
  • Students will need to be enrolled (enrollment level requirement to be determined) for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester
  • Students are given funding priority based on exceptional need calculated from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) expected family contribution (EFC)
  • Students will only be awarded at one college, and award amounts will differ by college based on available funding levels and the number of eligible students

Have Questions?

See Our HEERF Frequently Asked Questions

*HEERF money may be distributed to pay towards direct costs at your awarding college with your written consent or as a direct refund to your selected refund method on file. If you selected to receive a direct refund or did not respond to have your grant pay towards your current balance, and have an outstanding balance due for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester, you must still pay your direct costs (tuition and fees) by the required deadlines.