American Rescue Plan (ARP) Information
In March 2021, The American Rescue Plan (ARP) included additional COVID-19 relief for institutions of higher education. This new COVID stimulus bill included $40 billion for higher education institutions and students, using the same HEERF model established in the CARES Act.
Similar to the CRRSA (HEERF II) funds, the ARP (HEERF III) funds include limited guidance on how funds should be distributed to students. However, institutions are required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants.
The Department of Education has outlined that this grant should be used to help students with the greatest exceptional need, to pay for expenses under a student’s cost of attendance or emergency costs, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and child care.
With the student money that CCU has received from the federal government’s ARP: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, the university will distribute monetary grants during the upcoming Fall 2021 semester to provide financial assistance to students with the greatest exceptional need and who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
During summer 2021, university leadership will be determining the best way to award and distribute funding to eligible students with exceptional need. The awarding timeline and disbursement procedures will be shared with the CCU community as soon as they are finalized.