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ARP Act Information

American Rescue Plan Act (ARP/HEERF III)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III provides emergency funding to assist students during the coronavirus pandemic. On May 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the student allocation of the third round of federal stimulus funding for higher education through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Students who are enrolled at Northeast during the COVID-19 national emergency are eligible for emergency financial aid grants from ARP (HEERF III). The ARP (HEERF III) grant requires Northeast to spend at least $3,437,828 on emergency grants issued directly to students.

The Department of Education directed institutions with ARP (HEERF III) funds to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or are undergraduates with extraordinary financial circumstances in awarding emergency financial aid grants to students. Northeast defined exceptional need as student with an expected family contribution (EFC) as reported on the FAFSA of $15,000 or less. The first round of ARP (HEERF III) funds was distributed to students on September 24, 2021. Full time students attending Northeast in the fall 2021 term with an EFC of 15000 or less received $2500 in emergency relief funds and those attending part-time and enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours received $1250.00.

Northeast will distribute additional Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to students attending in the Spring 2022 term. To ensure that enrolled students have enough resources to attend during the Spring 2022 term, Northeast plans to distribute the remainder of the student aid allocation and most of its institutional allocation from the federal government.

Students attending full-time (12 or more credits) that have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less will receive $2000. Students attending full-time that have a higher EFC than $15,000 or have no FAFSA on file will receive $1,000.

Students attending part-time (6 to 11 credits) and have an EFC of $15,000 or less will receive $1,000. Students attending part-time that have no FAFSA on file or a higher EFC than $15,000 will receive $500.

This funding is above and beyond any other grants and scholarships a student may receive. Funds may be used to cover any part of the cost of attendance including tuition, housing, food, health care, and/or childcare.

Additional information about ARP/HEERF III from the Department of Education can be found at: