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CRRSA Act and ARP Student Funds

CRRSA Act and ARP Student Funds

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) act and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Highland Community College has received funds to provide emergency financial grants to students. The use of CRRSA act and ARP funds is intended to assist students with expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

In October 2021, Highland Community College students received ARP emergency financial aid grant checks. These checks were sent to the mailing address on file and delivered by the US postal service.

The federal eligibility criteria for a student to receive CRRSA funds included:

  • Must be an enrolled student in the fall 2021 semester

By cashing an ARP and/or CRRSA act check, a student is acknowledging that the funds will be used to offset the cost of expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. If a student is unable to use the funds to cover such costs, please email payments@highland.edu for return instructions. Checks must be cashed or returned within 30 days of receipt.

Grant funds were processed through student accounts. The funds were not be applied to past or current charges or outstanding balances. ARP check amounts for eligible students were determined based on FAFSA-determined estimated family contribution (EFC), if applicable, and enrollment status as follows:

EFCEnrollment StatusCheck Amount
$0Full-time$2,200
$0Three-quarters or half-time$1,650
$0Less than half-time$825
$1 – $5,846Full-time$2,000
$1 – $5,846 Three-quarters or half-time $1,500
$1 – $5,846 Less than half-time$750
$5,847+Full-time$1,900
$5,847+ Three-quarters or half-time $1,425
$5,847+ Less than half-time$715

ARP check amounts for eligible students who did not complete a FAFSA are as follows:

Full-time$1,700
Three-quarters or half-time$1,275
Less than half-time$635

Students with costs that exceed the amount of the initial grant and who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for additional grant funds here.

Students who have further questions regarding the ARP funds can send a message to financialaid@highland.edu

Highland received ARP finds for emergency financial grant to students in the amount of $1,938,887. In the fall 2021 semester, the total number of students who may be eligible is around 1,700. The method to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants and the amount of the grants is based on exceptional need and enrollment status in the fall 2021 semester. As of October 8, 2021, the total number of students receiving checks totaled 980, amounting to $1,605,255.

Highland received CRRSA act funds for emergency financial grants to students in the amount of $455,905. In the Spring 2021 semester, the total number of students who may have been eligible was 1,325. Of those, 645 had completed a FAFSA, which was used to determine exceptional need. 

Highland will receive ARP funds for emergency financial grant to students in the amount of $1,938,887. As of the date of this submission, ARP grants have not been distributed to students. It is estimated that the total number of students who may be eligible is around 1,700. The method to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants and the amount of the grants has not yet been determined. It is anticipated that distributions will be made within the next quarter.

CRRSA Act FAQ

What is the CRRSA Act?

CRRSA stands for the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and was signed into law on December 27, 2020. The purpose of this Act is to provide economic relief to millions of Americans through direct assistance to individuals, families, and businesses. HCC has been awarded $455,905 to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

What is ARP?

ARP stands for American Rescue Plan and was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The purpose of the plan was to provide relief during the final phase of the COVID-19 crisis. HCC has been awarded $1,938,887 to provide emergency financial grants to students.

Do students need to apply to get these funds?

Students did not need to apply for ARP funds, however, students needed to be enrolled in the fall 2021 semester as of the tenth day of the semester.

Students did not need to apply for CRRSA funds, however, students needed to have completed the FAFSA to determine eligibility. Students meeting eligibility requirements may apply for additional funds here.

Who is eligible to receive the funds?

To be eligible for ARP grant funds a student must have been enrolled in the fall 2021 semester as of the tenth day of the semester.

To be eligible for the CRSSA grant funds a student must have:

  • Been enrolled in the spring 2021 semester.
  • Must meet certain eligibility requirements as demonstrated through completion of the FAFSA -process

When will students get payment?

ARP checks were mailed October 8, 2021.

CRRSA checks were mailed April 7, 2021.

How will the funds be distributed?

Funds will be distributed by check mailed to the student’s address on record.

Why only checks?

Students must acknowledge that they are using the funds to assist with expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. Students are sent notification with the check that indicates by accepting the funds they acknowledge the funds will be used as such.

Who should students call with questions?

Student inquiries can be directed to Ashley Wolber 815-599-3519 or email FinancialAid@Highland.edu.

How much money will students receive?

Check amounts for fall 2021 semester eligible students are based on their FAFSA-determined estimated family contribution (EFC), if applicable, and their enrollment status.

EFCEnrollment StatusCheck Amount
$0Full-time$2,200
$0Three-quarters or half-time$1,650
$0Less than half-time$825
$1 – $5,846Full-time$2,000
$1 – $5,846 Three-quarters or half-time $1,500
$1 – $5,846 Less than half-time$750
$5,847+Full-time$1,900
$5,847+ Three-quarters or half-time $1,425
$5,847+ Less than half-time$715

ARP check amounts for eligible students who did not complete a FAFSA are as follows:

Full-time$1,700
Three-quarters or half-time$1,275
Less than half-time$635

Check amounts for spring 2021 semester eligible students are based on their FAFSA-determined estimated family contribution (EFC) as follows:

EFCCheck Amount
$0$800
$1 – $5,711$600
$5,712+$400

Will all students receive these funds?

No, only students who meet the eligibility requirements will receive these funds.

Can the funds be used to pay a balance owed to HCC?

CRSSA act and ARP funds will not automatically be used to cover any tuition/fees charges that are currently outstanding at HCC. A student may cash their check and use the funds for the purpose of paying a balance due or other eligible costs.

What if the student can’t use the finds to pay these expenses?

If the student isn’t able to use the funds to cover such costs, he/she should email payments@highland.edu for return instructions. Checks must be cashed or returned within 30 days of receipt.

CRRSA Act and ARP Institutional Funds

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Highland Community College has received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Section (a)(1) and Section (a)(2). Institutions are to publicly report on the use of the funds by posting a quarterly budget and expenditure report to the College’s website.

Highland Community College’s reports, can be found here.

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