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USD has received additional student emergency grant funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) HEERF II allocation. USD will distribute the funding among all eligible students to assist with educational costs and other financial challenges related to COVID-19. Each eligible USD student should receive approximately $1,500.

In order to qualify, students must be U.S. citizens or noncitizens eligible to receive federal student aid enrolled in at least one credit hour for the spring 2021 semester. Students do not apply for this funding; those who are eligible will be notified via their USD e-mail. Funding will be disbursed via direct deposit or a check.

It is important to note that these financial aid grants for students are intended for any component of the student’s cost of college attendance — or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus pandemic — such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

As a reminder, last year USD disbursed over $1.8 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) student emergency grants. A summary of how the university distributed that funding may be found on the USD Student CARES Act page.