From: CHSS Grad Directors <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Marguerite Rippy <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, September 2, 2021 5:59 PM
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Subject: Make sure graduate students check PatriotWeb for HEERF fund eligibility

Please let your students know that another round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds will be released in early September for potential aid qualifiers who have registered for fall classes. Students should check their financial aid tab in PatriotWeb. Questions can be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 703-993-2000 or through the Financial Aid virtual service form.

Students are eligible to receive these funds if:

  • They complete and submit the CARES ACT/HEERF III Certification form.
  • They are enrolled in at least one credit through Mason on the Sept. 15 fund release date.

In addition:

  • Students may receive funds as a disbursement or apply it directly to their bills.
  • Students will not see late fees on their accounts before the Sept. 15 HEERF disbursement.

If a student changes their mind about whether they want to receive the money as a credit to their bill or as a refund, after submitting a certification form, they can request the change in writing through the Financial Aid virtual service form by Sept. 9.

Students attending Mason this fall who do not meet some of the HEERF eligibility requirements can apply for assistance through the Stay Mason/Emergency Assistance Fund.


Marguerite Rippy, PhD 

Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs College of Humanities & Social Sciences