Second Round of Federal Covid-19 Relief Funding Available

Posted Feb 26, 2021

Dear Otterbein Community,

Thanks to the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), Otterbein University is delighted to offer a second round of COVID-19 Relief Funding to provide relief for students coping with the ongoing financial ramifications of the pandemic. The funding is available to be used by impacted students to cover for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental health) or childcare.

Otterbein will be emailing (to the student’s Otterbein email) individualized links to the COVID-19 relief application in the next week, so be sure to check your email regularly. Federal regulations require Otterbein to prioritize aid to students with extreme need, such as students who receive federal Pell grants, however, you do not have to receive a Pell grant to be eligible for support. All students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply.

Students will have the choice to select to have funds applied to their Otterbein account, refunded to their bank account, or request a check if they do not have direct deposit set up. The application for funding will be live by March 8, 2021, and the first round of awardees will be notified on March 12, 2021. Additional awards will be made weekly. Students are encouraged to complete the application as early as possible, as funds will be dispersed on a first come, first serve basis through March 26.

Students with questions about the process may contact Student Success and Career Development at 614-823-1624 or, or Student Financial Services at 614-823-1502 or

Otterbein is unwavering in its commitment to affordability and has long cared about helping families navigate the financial reality of unexpected circumstances. We are equally committed to keeping you on track to complete your education. This crisis is painful enough — your education, future, and goals shouldn’t have to be put on hold, too.