Higher Education Relief Fund

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), administered by the U. S. Department of Education, provides funding to address challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, on institutions of higher education.

At Lamar Institute of Technology, the student portion of the grant funding has been awarded through the Student Success and Finance offices. As of Summer 2021, there have been three rounds of funding.  Lamar Institute of Technology has been granted funding in each round.
CARES (HEERF I) Grants to Students 2020-2021
CARES (HEERF I): Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020.   All HEERF I / CARES funding provided to Lamar Institute of Technology has been awarded as of April 2021.
CRRSAA (HEERF II) Grants to students 2021-2022
CRRSAA (HEERF II):  Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 was passed by Congress on December 27, 2020.   All HEERF II / CARES funding provided to Lamar Institute of Technology has been awarded as of April 2022.

ARP (HEERF III) Grants to Students 2022-2023
ARP (HEERF III):  The American Rescue Plan was passed by Congress on March 11, 2021.  Lamar Institute of Technology is in the process of awarding enrolled students by semester for this grant funding.

Who can apply? 
Currently enrolled full-time and part-time students can apply for funding to offset expenses incurred related to the disruption from the coronavirus.

How do I apply?
Students should monitor their LIT email at the beginning of each semester for notification to fill out the survey.  In the email, there will be a link to the "Intake" section of your Starfish account.  Complete the survey questions to be eligible. Students can also go directly to their Starfish account to fill out the survey.  Please click here to complete the survey: https://lit.starfishsolutions.com/starfish-ops/dl/intake/studentIntakeFormStudentView.html

When will I know the results?
Our goal is to award emergency grants as soon as possible.  You will be notified by text message when payments are processed.

How will I receive my grant funds?
Student grants will be refunded to the bank account you have on file with the Cashier's office.  To set up banking information, login to your myLIT account and select Self-Service Banner and then select "Direct Deposit" from the menu.  For assistance, please contact the Cashiers office at 409-839-2064 or email cashier@lit.edu

What are the grant amounts?
Grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received and availability of funds.  Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment.  Funds will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.  The eventual award amount is based on the number of students who apply.  Completing the survey does not guarantee you will receive an award.  Lamar Institute of Technology cannot guarantee that all applicants will be selected for funding.