COVID-19 implications continue to have a financial impact on many New Mexico State University students, and another round of emergency financial aid grants for students is available.
Through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, NMSU received $7 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II. With direction from the U.S. Department of Education, NMSU will begin to process and distribute the funds.
Currently there are 16,906 students within the NMSU system eligible to receive funding from HEERF II. Aid is open to all degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students who are citizens or eligible non-citizens who are enrolled in at least one credit for spring 2021.
“Eligible students who are in need should ensure that they complete the application online.
NMSU is using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA, to determine if a student is a citizen or eligible non-citizen. Students who plan on applying for HEERF II but haven’t completed the 2020-2021 FAFSA should do so immediately. Grants are $1,200 or $800 depending on students’ expected family contribution range.
McKenzie said students can use the grants to cover any cost of attendance component or emergency costs associated with COVID-19 such as tuition, food, housing, child care and health care, including mental health.
To apply for HEERF II, click here. For an immediate release of funds, students should complete a direct deposit via this link. Once a request is submitted, it will take approximately seven to 10 business days to review a request, and an additional five business days for University Accounts Receivable to process direct deposits.
Author: Tiffany Acosta – NMSU