Financial Aid Information

HEERF III FAQ – ARP

Institutions are allowed much broader eligibility criteria for ARP HEERF III awards as opposed to the criteria identified by the U.S. Department of Education for CARES HEERF I and HEERF II funding. International, DACA, and Undocumented students are NOW eligible. Institutions must prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell grants.

  • Enrolled in 1 or more credit hour for the Summer 2021 semester on July 6th, 2021
  • Enrolled in 1 or more credit hour for the Fall 2021 semester as of October 22, 2021

Cowley is awarding HEERF III grants through block awards to students. Award amounts are based on enrollment and financial aid status with Pell eligible students prioritized.

ROUND 1: SUMMER 2021

Cowley’s model identifies 7 categories of award:

  • 6+ credit hours, FAFSA, Pell Eligible EFC
  • 1-5 credit hours, FAFSA, Pell Eligible EFC
  • 6+ credit hours, FAFSA, Non-Pell Eligible
  • 1-5 credit hours, FAFSA, Non-Pell Eligible
  • 6+ credit hours, NO FAFSA
  • 1-5 credit hours, NO FAFSA
  • High school students

Enrollment and financial aid status are determined on July 6th 2021. Students not enrolled by this date for Summer classes will not receive an award.

ROUND 2: FALL 2021

Cowley’s model identifies 10 categories of award:

  • 12+ credit hours, FAFSA, Pell Eligible EFC
  • 6+ credit hours, FAFSA, Pell Eligible EFC
  • 1-5 credit hours, FAFSA, Pell Eligible EFC
  • 12+ credit hours, FAFSA, Non-Pell Eligible
  • 6+ credit hours, FAFSA, Non-Pell Eligible
  • 1-5 credit hours, FAFSA, Non-Pell Eligible
  • 12+ credit hours, NO FAFSA
  • 6+ credit hours, NO FAFSA
  • 1-5 credit hours, NO FAFSA
  • High school students

Enrollment and financial aid status are determined on October 22nd 2021. Students not enrolled by this date for Fall classes will not receive an award.

Students who are enrolled in classes do not need to complete an application nor submit any paperwork to receive funds. Cowley is awarding HEERF III grants through block awards based on enrollment and financial aid status as noted above. You will however, need to sign the form to have your funds applied to your student billing account balance, if you so desire. This form is available on Tiger Connect.

HEERF III funds can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Examples of permissible costs include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Health care (including mental health care)
  • Child care

Students may use HEERF III funds to reduce or possibly pay in full their account balance by completing an authorization form. To provide authorization, log into Tiger Connect and submit the Opt-In Form. The form is due NO LATER THAN Friday, October 22, 2021 and can be found at tigerconnect.cowley.edu/ICS/CRM_Student/Student_Finances__Payments.jnz

Students not providing authorization will not have the grant applied to their Cowley account and will therefore receive a refund check. This may mean the student still has a balance due.

Students whose award is in excess of their student account charges will receive a credit balance refund for the difference in the form of a check.

HEERF III funds are meant to provide short-term assistance to students. Cowley will be awarding 2 rounds of HEERF III funds. Round 1 was for students enrolled in Summer 2021 classes. Round 2 will be awarded for the Fall 2021 semester beginning October 29,2021 and if funds remain available after the Fall 2021 disbursement, a Spring round is possible.

The Cowley Financial Aid Office is committed to eliminating financial barriers and helping students identify ways to make their education affordable. If you would like information regarding financial aid opportunities, or the financial aid process at Cowley, please visit our website at www.cowley.edu/finaid/ or email financialaid@cowley.edu.