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Funds Usage:  Any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.   

Who Qualifies: Students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students who were in attendance during the period of the national emergency beginning on March 13, 2020
  • Colleges are required to prioritize students with exceptional need 
  • Maintain the minimum requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress (requirement waived for appeals)  
  • Be eligible to receive Federal benefits (determined by the receipt of a valid FAFSA) (Appeals do not require a FAFSA but it is highly recommended so that we can determine need)
    • Not Eligible: DACA, International and undocumented students are not eligible (waived for appeals) 

Funds Distribution:  Students may choose to have the funds applied directly to their student account or receive a check.

Benefits of Applying HEERF II funds to your student Account:

  • Tax Benefits: Students who chose to have the funds applied directly to their student account may be able to use the payment to qualify for Education Benefits when the 2021 federal taxes are filed. The funds will be considered as payment for the 2021 1098-T tax forms and families may qualify to apply for the Lifetime Learning Credit or the American Opportunity Credit.
  • Student Accounts Holds: If you choose to apply the HEERF II funds to your account:
    • Full-time (standard rate or professional rate) undergraduate students: Hold threshold will be increased from $2,500 to $5,000
    • Part-time undergraduate/nonstandard programs students: Hold threshold will be increased from $1,000 to $2,000
    • Graduate/Doctoral students: Hold threshold will be increased from $1,000 to $2.000

Contact Information:



Form Opens: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Form Closes: Friday, July 9, 2021      Date Extended: New Close Date TBD     

EligibilityStudents who are eligible will be notified by email. Do NOT complete this form if you did not receive the Pre-Authorized Funds email or a Personal Notification.

Funding Criteria: AIC prioritized undergraduate students with the greatest financial need by reviewing HEERF II eligibility, FAFSA EFC (Expected Family Contribution, and students with current account balances over $1,000 who exhausted all their financial aid options. AIC is providing a larger amount of funding to students with the most need.

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Form: HEERF II: Pre-Authorized Funds Form

Eligibility: All students (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) who meet the HEERF II eligibility requirements may file an appeal. Appeals may be filed in addition to the Pre-Authorized funds.

Funding Criteria: Appeal decisions will be based on need criteria which include HEERF II eligibility, FAFSA based need and eligibility, current cost of attendance balances, and personal situations. 

  • Eligibility to receive federal funds is determined by the receipt of a completed FAFSA. A completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA form must be on file or you will need to complete a 2021-2022 FAFSA form within 5 days of submitting this appeal at This requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances for students who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA.
  • Colleges are required to prioritize funding for students with exceptional need.
    • Therefore, we may delay decisions on appeals on accounts with low need.
    • Please understand that AIC needs to prioritize the limited funding according to the HEERF II regulations and we may not be able to approve all appeals.

Appeal Timeline:

Appeals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students who submit an appeal by June 18, 2021 will receive a response no later than July 9, 2021. Students who submit an appeal after June 18, 2021 should expect to receive a response within 3-weeks of submitting an appeal, please note appeal submissions will not result in an immediate outcome as the CARES Act Committee needs to review each appeal individually.


There are two appeal forms listed below. Each appeal form can only be submitted once.

Form: Appeal Form: Student Account Balance


Form: Appeal Form: Personal Costs/Account Balance/Other

  • Submit this form if you have personal costs and/or various student account balance costs. You may choose to have the funds applied to your student account or to receive a check for each category in the appeal. You will need to submit a personal statement and applicable documentation. Please make sure that you have your documentation available  in a format that you can upload. Only 2 documents can be uploaded so please combine your documents together into one unloadable document, if needed.
  • Form anticipated to open on June 18, 2021
  • HEERF II: Appeal Form: Personal Costs