Federal Emergency Grants


UNC Asheville is committed to ensuring a college education is accessible to our students. We know the COVID-19 pandemic presented unexpected financial challenges to many members of our Bulldog community. 

Through federal and state grants—including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)—and the UNC Asheville Student Emergency Fund, the University has been able to provide approximately $6.7 million to more than 4,660 students to support their degree completion. These funds are to assist those with the highest financial need and those with unexpected financial emergencies. Additionally, there are guidelines governing the distribution of all federal funds.  

The University received confirmation of funding for HEERF III in May 2021, the third phase of federal support that was also previously known as CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) and has begun distribution of money to eligible students. 

These grants are intended to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance (i.e., food, housing and utilities, health insurance, including mental health care, transportation, or child care) or for emergency costs that arise due to the COVID pandemic.

With HEERF III grants, UNC Asheville is awarding all eligible students $300 to $450 to cover the estimated costs of textbooks and help with other expenses for the fall 2021 semester.


  • Students enrolled in six or more credit hours will receive the full $450.
  • Students enrolled in three to five credit hours will receive $300.
  • Students must be degree-seeking or in the Teacher Licensure Program. 
  • Non-degree seeking students and students enrolled in fewer than three credit hours are not eligible.

Options for applying the grant award:

  • Students can choose to participate in the Bookstore Advance Program, which allows them to use a portion of their grant to purchase textbooks prior to the first day of classes. They must complete the Bookstore Advance Program form and the authorization form in OnePort to select this option.
  • Students can apply the funding to their current student account balance. They must complete the authorization form in OnePort to apply the funds to their balance.
  • If students have no balance or do not complete the authorization form, they will be issued a refund by August 27. Students will receive their refund via direct deposit or as a mailed check. If students have not set up direct deposit, they can do so by completing these steps. If they don’t set up direct deposit, a check will be sent to their mailing address.


As of December 21, 2021, $5,341,394 of the Federal (CARES and HEERF) Emergency grant has been awarded to 4,605 students. As indicated in the current Institutional HEERF report, UNC Asheville has also awarded Emergency Grants to students from the Institutional HEERF funds. For more information, see the Reporting page.