Elizabeth City State University

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

HEERF III ARP Emergency Relief Fund

Elizabeth City State University has received $3.5 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (also known as HEERF III) authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) to provide grants to students who have been impacted by the pandemic. These funds from the HEERF III ARP Emergency Relief Fund are not considered financial aid and do not affect a student's current or future financial aid eligibility. HEERF III grants are provided to students to help cover costs related to college attendance (i.e., food, housing & utilities, health insurance - including mental health care, transportation, or childcare) or for any emergency costs that can arise due to the impact of coronavirus.


Student Eligibility

Eligible students must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be enrolled as a student for Spring 2022

We are aware that every student has been affected in one way or another by the pandemic. Therefore, we have worked to ensure that most students receive relief, while acknowledging that students who currently receive high-need federal financial aid in the form of a Pell grant might continue to have increased need. Therefore, the HEERF III funds will be allocated to all students in the following manner:




Grant Amt




$ 1,000.00

   $ 1,168,000.00



$   850.00

$    125,800.00



$   750.00

$    120,750.00

20001+/No FAFSA


$   500.00

$    161,500.00




$ 1,576,050.00


Method of Distribution

All students will automatically receive their grant via direct deposit or a mailed check. ECSU is currently processing grants for all eligible students at the university. We anticipate disbursing HEERF III Grants as early as February 18, 2022. The quickest way for students to receive their grant is via direct deposit. Students should strongly consider signing up for direct deposit if they have not already done so. To enroll, students should log in and self-service to have your refund deposited directly into your account electronically. If you need assistance with setting up direct deposit, please contact Student Accounts at 252-335-3471. If you do not sign up for electronic refunds, a check will be mailed to your permanent address.


Students who have a balance due or a hold on their account will still receive the full grant amount. Students can, but are not required to, use their grant to pay down their balance or resolve any holds. Students wishing to use their grant to pay their balance must do so after disbursement of the grant. We remain committed to finding ways to support the Viking Community through this crisis.

Fall 2021 Cares ACT Information

Spring 2021 Cares ACT Information

Spring 2020 Cares ACT Information



If you have questions regarding the CARES Act funding please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.



230 Marion D. Thorpe, Sr. Administration Building 
1704 Weeksville Rd. | Campus Box 914 | Elizabeth City, NC 27909 
Telephone: 252-335-3283 | Toll Free: 800- 347-ECSU (3278) | Fax: 252.335.3716
Email: Office Hours: M - F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.