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COVID-19 Guidance: Guidance and operational updates for Cummings School and its veterinary teaching hospitals

COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Students

The COVID-19 crisis has created significant financial hardship for individuals and families around the world, including members of the Tufts community. Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the federal government has made funding available for schools to provide emergency grants to qualifying students for unforeseen expenses related to the pandemic. Such expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and travel-related costs.

HEERF funding is authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES-HEERF-1) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA/HEERF-2).  HEERF-1 eligibility was based on unexpected expenses incurred by the student as a direct result of the disruption in on-campus activity and the move to online education due to COVID-19.  HEERF-2 funding includes additional qualifying expenses, but priority must be given to students who demonstrate highest financial need.

Students who are experiencing financial hardship and meet the requirements set forth below are encouraged to apply for HEERF assistance.  Requests for funding may be submitted using the link below. Application review committees have been established at each school at Tufts.  HEERF grants do not require repayment.  Upon approval, the funds are disbursed to the student's account through the Bursar's Office.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any current enrolled, eligible degree- or certificate-seeking student may request funds.
  • To be considered for HEERF grant funding, the student must have:
    1. Filed a FAFSA for either 2019–20, 2020–21 or 2021–22 academic years
    2. Have financial need as demonstrated by the results of their FAFSA and their cost of attendance as defined by the school during the current (2020–21) academic year
    3. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated exceptional financial need
    4. Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who would be otherwise eligible to apply for federal student aid

Maximum Award

$1800 – Dependent Students; $2,500 – Independent Students (graduate/professional students are considered independent by federal definition)
HEERF awards will be based on financial need as determined by the student's FAFSA results and their cost of attendance (as defined by the school). Award amounts may be adjusted based on the needs of all applicants relative to the availability of funds.

How to Apply

It is not necessary for students to submit documentation regarding their qualified expenses at this time.  However, students should retain their documentation in the event we must ask for it at a later date.  Applying for emergency funds is simple and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Please follow the link below to begin your application:

The application site will be open from March 31, 2021 through Friday, April 12, 2021. 

No applications will be considered after April 12th.  School committee decisions will not be determined until after April 12th.  School committees anticipate they will begin to notify students of their award eligibility on or around April 26th.


Please email if you have any questions.