Funds for You - HEERF III Emergency Student Aid Request

Funds for You - HEERF III Emergency Student Aid Request

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the HEERF III grant?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2. It was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and provides $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. DMC’s HEERF III grant allocation is $9.6 million. One hundred percent of this allocation is used to fund the College’s HEERF III grant program.

HEERF III grants can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare or childcare. You do not have to pay back funds you receive from the HEERF III grant.

Who is eligible to receive a HEERF III grant?

HEERF III grants are available to DMC students who were enrolled in at least one credit-hour or one Continuing Education (CE) class on or after March 13, 2020. Grant awards are dependent upon available funds.

How much can I receive from the HEERF III grant?

You may receive up to $800 per semester/quarter.

I have a balance on my DMC tuition account. If I am awarded this grant, will the balance be deducted?

No. The entire amount of the grant will be disbursed to you through your refund preference on file with the DMC Business Office. If you would like this amount applied to a current or previous balance that was incurred on or after March 13, 2020, please indicate this on question No. 14 on the HEERF III Emergency Student Aid Request.

How do I apply for a HEERF III grant?

  • First, please complete the HEERF III Emergency Student Aid Request. Then follow the steps below.
  • For students taking credit classes: If you are enrolled in at least one credit-hour for the current or upcoming semester, we highly encourage you to complete a financial aid application to qualify for additional financial assistance*:
  • For students taking Continuing Education (CE) classes: If you are enrolled in current or upcoming CE classes, please download and complete the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) Application for Continuing Education. (Generally, CE classes are focused on workforce training and career certifications, and CE students earn Continuing Education Units rather than college credits.)
    • Submit your completed application and documents to Student Financial Aid Services.

I am undocumented and/or a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student. Am I eligible for a HEERF III grant?

Yes, you are eligible for a HEERF III grant.

If I am eligible for a HEERF III grant, how will I receive the funds?

HEERF III grants will be disbursed electronically or by check by the DMC Business Office, depending on your preference. This will occur as soon as possible on a disbursement schedule.

How will I know if I was awarded a HEERF III grant?

A notification will be sent to your DMC email account. In addition, your WEBDMC Financial Aid Checklist will be updated with a HEERF III award.

I am enrolled at DMC and another college/university. Can I request HEERF III grants from both schools?

You can request grants from both schools. While you may receive a grant from DMC, you must also contact the financial aid office at your other school to see if you qualify for their HEERF III grant program.

Additional questions?

DMC’s Financial Aid Services office is available to assist you with any further questions about the HEERF III grant. You can reach us at or 361-698-1293.

Page last updated July 8, 2021.