NOTE: Those students who applied for and were approved to receive HEERF III grants received the following message today from Student Financial Services.

Dear Student,

The WFU Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Committee has received and reviewed your request for Higher Education Relief Funding (HEERF III) for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Committee has approved your HEERF Grant Application and provided a grant based on available funding.

How you will receive your grant

The HEERF III Grant Funding will be processed the week of December 6th.

  • Please set up Direct Deposit if you have not already done so. The easiest and fastest way to get your grant is via direct deposit. If you had not previously signed up for direct deposit, please do so now. This website has detailed instructions. Please note that it will take a day or two for the direct deposit to reach your bank, so do not be alarmed if you do not receive it immediately; please allow 3 business days for processing.
  • Check: If you are not enrolled in direct deposit, you will receive a paper check sent to your primary address on file with the University.
    • To find your address on file, check WIN:
      • Go to WIN > Personal > Your Personal Information > Personal Information to view your address. If your address has changed, please update it in WIN by Tuesday, December 7 at noon.
    • When you receive your paper check, please cash it upon receipt. If you have not received your paper check by Tuesday, January 4, contact Student Financial Services for assistance.
    • We strongly recommend you enroll in direct deposit, so a check does not get sent to your permanent address during the 2021-22 school year.

Federal Income Tax Implications

IRS Frequently Asked Questions clarify that emergency financial aid grants paid to students under HEERF III for unexpected expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic are not included in students’ income because the amounts are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. Students should consult their individual tax advisors for additional information regarding this exclusion.


Please use this form to submit questions.

We know that COVID has caused many disruptions in the lives of Wake Forest students. We hope that this HEERF III funding helps alleviate some of the financial pressures that you may have experienced.


WFU Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Committee