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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. Additional distribution plans are currently being developed.

Additional information about ARP/HEERF III from the Department of Education can be found at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/arp.html.