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Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

Our Spring 2022 Student emergency relief grant application is CLOSED

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Latest Update: 3/23/22

Paying for necessities such as food, shelter, child care, transportation or health care can be challenging, especially when emergencies happen. The good news is you are not alone. Emergency financial support is available.

San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges dedicated  a portion of federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to assist students who are considering putting their education on hold due to a financial emergency.

Who can apply?

  • All enrolled students in Spring 2022 are eligible to apply.
  • You can only receive one award per semester.

how do i apply?

Current students can apply for funds using Edquity.

Apply for HEERF Emergency Aid Funds by following these steps:

  1. Download Edquity's mobile app (available in the App Store and Google Play) or apply online

    Once you create an account with Edquity, the application is easy and takes an average of seven minutes to fill out. To start the application process, all you will need is your ID number and your home college (check your invitation email).

  2. Wait for your application to be processed

    Edquity first reviews your eligibility for emergency aid from the federal HEERF.​  Award notifications will be sent out on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

  3. Claim your Funds

    If you are selected, be sure to go to the Edquity app to claim your funds. You will have 11 days to do so.

When can I apply?

Our first application window will open on Thursday, March 17th, 2022.  Students will have until Tuessday, March 22, 2022 at 11:59pm to apply for HEERF funds. 

how does Edquity work?

In the Emergency Funds Hub,users will see a summary of eligible programs and allapplications for their account.

Students can continue working on incomplete applications and view apending application awaiting decision. If they have approved funds available to claim, a banner and details application will specify the deadline to claim.

You will receive an email once your application has been reviewed.

Edquity also offers emergency resources and budgeting tools to help prevent potential financial challenges. Edquity is also developing agreements with national businesses, such as extended stay hotels and car repair shops, to provide access to reduced-fee services quickly.

how will i know i'm approved?

If you are approved, students will see the notification in the Emergency Funds Hub in addition to receiving an email from Edquity.  Be sure to claim the funds quickly as you only have 11 days to do so.

When students start the claim process, they will be able to receive their funds in one of two ways:

  • Direct Deposit
  • Prepaid Debit Card

You will be asked to fill in the approrpiate details once you select the method of disbursement.

Where Do I go if I have further questions?

If you have questions about the app, please contact Edquity at

If you were not found in the system, please submit a Help Desk Ticket at