American Rescue Plan Act: Emergency Grants for Students

October 14, 2021 - 9:30 a.m.

 

October 14, 2021 Update:

The application for grants for significant unexpected expenses is currently closed, and will reopen on November 1, 2021. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in at least 1 credit for the Fall 2021 semester and must not have already received this grant for either the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester.

 

Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III) are now available to eligible students at FAU. These funds are emergency grants that are disbursed directly to students to assist with any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and childcare. Institutions are required to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or other federal or state need-based aid, when awarding these emergency grants.  FAU will disburse most of these funds to selected students as block grants based on FAFSA information.

Remaining grants will be disbursed through an application process to students who have faced significant unexpected expenses.

Students may use the grants toward any component of their cost of attendance, such as the following expenses:

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Books & Supplies
  • Housing
  • Dining
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses

Grants may also be used for significant unexpected expenses due to coronavirus, such as the loss of employment (either the student’s or their families), reduced income, or food or housing insecurity.  CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about these grants.

Fall 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Grants will be distributed to eligible students in two ways.

Block Grants to Eligible Students:

The Office of Student Financial Aid will identify all eligible students as of September 8, 2021 and automatically award “block grants”. An application is not required for the block grant. The grant may be used toward any component of the student’s cost of attendance, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing, transportation, or any other personal educational expenses.

Block grants of $900 will be distributed to all students who meet the following criteria as of September 8, 2021:

  • Student is enrolled in a first bachelor’s degree seeking program for the Fall 2021 semester in at least one credit.
  • Student is enrolled in at least one Fall course which has already begun.
  • Student has completed a 2021-2022 FAFSA with FAU’s school code. The Office of Student Financial Aid has received the valid FAFSA.
  • Student has an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 5,846 or less (Department of Education’s Pell Grant eligibility cutoff).

Block grants of $700 will be distributed to all students who meet the following criteria as of September 8, but were not awarded the higher block grant amount:

  • Student is enrolled in a degree-seeking program for the Fall 2021 semester in at least one credit.
  • Student is enrolled in at least one Fall course which has already begun.
  • Student has completed a 2021-2022 FAFSA with FAU’s school code. The Office of Student Financial Aid has received the valid FAFSA.
  • Undergraduate student has need according to formula COA-EFC (Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution, as determined by FAFSA).
  • Graduate student has an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of 10,000 or less.

Application Grants for Significant Unexpected Expenses:

Grants will be distributed to Fall enrolled students who have faced significant unexpected expenses, such as the loss of employment (either for themselves or their families), reduced income, or food or housing insecurity. Students are invited to apply for this emergency grant by completing an online application that is available here. We will begin to review these applications and award funds to eligible students during the week of September 13, 2021.

This application is available to all students who are enrolled in at least one credit for the Fall 2021 semester. Students do not need to be financial aid recipients to be eligible.

Note that funds are limited and may be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Completing the application is not a guarantee of funding. To be eligible for these emergency grants, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Student has faced significant unexpected expenses, such as the loss of employment (either for themselves or their families, reduced income, or food or housing insecurity).
  • Student is registered for at least one credit for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Student is enrolled in at least one Fall course which has already begun.
  • Student did not receive an application-based emergency grant in Summer 2021.

 

 

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Questions and Requests for Assistance can be directed to a Member of the COVID-19 Team at FAUCOVID19@fau.edu.

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