Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III

We are excited to announce that international students may be eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III).

Beginning June 9th, 2021, currently enrolled international students are eligible to apply for these funds if they demonstrate exceptional financial need due to COVID-19. Please read through the information below and contact ie@bellevuecollege.edu with any questions.

While we hope to help as many students as possible, HEERF III awards are limited and the college cannot guarantee that all eligible students will receive funding.

IE encourages students to apply for HEERF awards as early as possible; however, the funds may be awarded after tuition due dates. Remember to pay your tuition by the due date to avoid being dropped from your classes. Review the academic calendar for most current deadlines.

Updated 11/29/2021: The Winter Quarter application is open.

There are only two quarters remaining, Winter and Spring 2022. Please make note that these funds will end in spring quarter.


In order to be eligible to receive funds:

  • International students must be enrolled in at least one course in the current quarter
  • International students must thoroughly and clearly describe how their personal financial hardship is related to COVID-19


An application becomes ineligible for the following reasons:

  1. An application is copied from a previous quarter’s application. This includes reusing the same application for the same student.
  2. Any part of an application is plagiarized, copied, or reused in another student’s application. All students who share applications are ineligible for that quarter.

Application Information

  • Funds will be awarded to eligible students based on exceptional need and in order of their application date.
  • IE will review and accept applications until the deadline unless the total number of applicants exceeds the amount funds available. In this case, the application may close early. Please continue to check the website for updates regarding the status of the application. If all funds have been awarded by the time students apply during a particular quarter, they are encouraged to apply for future quarters.
  • Students who are currently in the United States will be prioritized. 
  • Students can apply each quarter, starting Spring 2021 through Spring 2022, as long as they meet eligibility. 
  • If students don’t receive funds for one quarter, they can still apply for future quarters.
  • If students receive funds in one quarter, it doesn’t guarantee that they will receive funds in future quarters. They must submit a new application each quarter.
  • Identifying information such as a student’s name, SEVIS, passport number, or student ID number will not be reported to the Department of Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Program?

The federal government has approved three rounds of emergency funds for students with exceptional financial need related to the COVID-19 pandemic. International students are now eligible to receive emergency funds.

If I receive funds, what can I spend it on?

Once awarded, students may choose how they wish to spend the funds. The college will not tell students how to use the funds they receive, and funds are not put on student accounts to pay tuition or other college fees unless authorized in writing by the student.

Disclaimer: If you choose to have your funds applied to your tuition balance, and you drop your classes during the refund period, please note that the full award will return to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund first. Your refund then may be smaller than expected.

How do I apply?

Please select the button below to apply for funds. The link will take you to a secure form to answer the application questions and will be submitted to International Education for review. You will need to log-in to the application to continue.

Application for International Students

What are the deadlines?

Applications are open for the current quarter only. While priority is given to students who apply by the deadline, IE will continue to accept applications until all funds have been awarded for the current quarter.

Emails will be sent to applicants approximately one week after the priority deadline. You may not receive the award for many weeks, so make sure you pay your tuition to avoid being dropped from classes.

Application Opens

November 29, 2021

Priority Deadline

December 17, 2021

**We will continue to accept applications past the priority deadline, but we strongly encourage students to submit applications before the deadline.

Updates will be posted on the IE website.

Application Opens

Priority Deadline

Who do I contact with questions or help?

Please contact International Education if you have any questions at ie@bellevuecollege.edu.

Last Updated November 29, 2021