COVID-19 Student Success Award

Fall 2021 applications will open for continuing students on Monday, August 9th and Monday, August 16th for new students.  


Administrators, staff, and faculty at the University of North Texas are deeply committed to our students and understand the impact COVID-19 has had on them financially. Through a combination of university, donor, and federal funds authorized under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) in the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP Acts, we are offering the COVID-19 Student Success Award and providing financial assistance to students for education-related expenses due to the disruption caused by this virus. These funds can help a student cover:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course Materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Child Care
  • Other Expenses Related to the Educational Experience

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible students will find the application in their MyUNT portal, under Tasks.

To help support our students, all proceeds from the purchase of a student-designed Scrappy Mask will benefit the UNT COVID-19 Student Success Fund, which helps remove barriers for students who might have had an unforeseen circumstance disrupt their journey in college due to COVID-19. We are encouraging alumni, faculty, and staff to purchase these masks to support students who are not eligible for HEERF funds.

Order a Scrappy Mask

How do I apply?

Eligible students will find the application in their MyUNT portal, under Tasks.

Can I apply more than once?

Students who are enrolled in Fall 2021 courses are eligible to apply for the award one time through their myUNT Tasks tile.  

How much will I receive?

While awards may vary, most enrolled students will receive $500. We are seeking to stretch our funding as far as possible.  

When will I hear if I am awarded?

We are processing awards for continuing students as quickly as possible with typical timeframes less than 3 days after submission.  New students will be able to submit their applications beginning on August 16th, and we will process their awards on August 23rd. After that, new students should hear back from us within 3 days of submission.

How will I receive my award?

If your award is from the HEERF funding, it will be applied to your account as a stipend and come directly to you based on your refund preference. It will not consider any other financial aid you have received this academic year.

If your award is from university funds, it will be applied to your tuition and fee account.  If you have an unpaid balance to the university, funds will have to go toward that first. Anything remaining will be refunded to you based on your refund preference.

I am a student who received an emergency financial aid grant under section 3504, 18004, or 18008 of the HEERF for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Is this grant included in my gross income?

No. Emergency financial aid grants under the HEERF for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not included in your gross income.

I received an emergency financial aid grant under the HEERF and used some of it to pay for course materials that are now required for online learning because my college or university campus is closed. Can I claim a tuition and fees deduction for the cost of these materials, or treat the cost of these materials as a qualifying education expense for purposes of claiming the American Opportunity Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credit?

No. Because the emergency financial aid grant is not included in your gross income, you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant including the tuition and fees deduction, the American Opportunity Credit, or the Lifetime Learning Credit. See section 139(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.

CARES Act (HEERF I) Reporting Requirements

Questions?

If you have questions about the COVID-19 Student Success Award, please e-mail studentsuccessaward@unt.edu.