Federal Emergency Aid

Information in this section covers information relevant to emergency funding that the government made available to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Student Financial Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic emergency affected students in many ways, including financially.  Below is information related to the federal government emergency relief aid that was made available to students.
HEERF III Funding (2021)
Chatham was awarded $1.636 million to be spent on grants directly to students. This funding provides direct financial assistance to students and may be referred as HEERF III. At Chatham, this funding is available through direct payments to all students who were enrolled during both the spring and fall 2021 terms. Learn more about HEERF III funding.
HEERF II Funding (2021)
Chatham has received federal funding in the amount of $581,188 to provide direct financial assistance to students. This funding may be referred as HEERF II. At Chatham, HEERFII funding is available through direct payments to students receiving Pell Grants and an application process for all other students. Students are required to have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file. Learn more.

CARES Act Funding (2020)
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided money through the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund to colleges and universities to distribute emergency grants to eligible students disrupted by the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Spring of 2020. Learn more. 
Emergency Broadband Benefit

Students who received Pell grants are eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service, and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)  Sign up begins May 12. More information is available on the Federal Communications Commission website.   

Financial Aid Change of Circumstance

If students have experienced a reduction in income, change to employment, or increase in expenses that directly affect the student’s or family’s income and ability to pay for education, please contact our office today to discuss options for qualifying for more Chatham, federal and/or state aid through a Change in Circumstance filing. Contact Financial Aid at 412-365-2781 or financialaid@chatham.edu.  


Student Emergency Fund

The Chatham University Student Emergency Fund is provided through the generous donations of University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. This aid is for limited, short-term, financial assistance when students are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation. Please submit the Student Emergency Fund Application. Someone from the Office of Student Affairs will be in touch to confirm receipt and provide follow-up information.