ARP/HEERF III Emergency Student Grant Information

Last updated: Oct. 2021
What is the American Rescue Plan, and how will it help students at W&J?

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law on March 11, 2021.  The Plan established additional funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which allocated money to higher education institutions impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and provided CARES Act and CRRSAA grants to students throughout the national emergency.  Washington & Jefferson College received $1,712,147 that must be made available directly to students as emergency grants for any component of students’ cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care, and others not specifically identified here.

Who is eligible to receive an ARP Emergency Student Grant?

The ARP allows for expanded uses of HEERF funds. According to current federal policy, any student who is or was enrolled at W&J on or after March 13, 2020, the date of the national emergency declaration, is eligible for funding. Therefore, international students, students who have stopped out, or students that have withdrawn are eligible for emergency grants under the ARP.

How do I apply for the ARP Emergency Student Grant?

There is no application or action needed to receive an emergency grant. All eligible students will receive an email notifying them of their eligibility for funding.

Do I have to complete the FAFSA to receive the ARP Grant?

No, under the expanded uses for the HEERF funds, no FAFSA or Title IV eligibility is necessary to receive an emergency grant.

How much will I receive from the ARP Grant?

W&J has been allocated a limited amount of funds to distribute; the College’s goal is to assist as many eligible students as possible.  Eligible students will initially receive $600.

When will I receive the funds?

Payments to students that established enrollment at W&J before fall 2021 began July 23, 2021. Payments to students that established enrollment at W&J for the first time in fall 2021 will begin September 30, 2021.

How will I receive the funds?

You have two options to receive your funds.

Option 1: Take no action, and W&J will mail a check to the permanent home address on file.

Option 2: Complete this form no later than 5 PM EST on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, to provide consent to have your emergency grant credited to your student account balance. Funds will be credited towards any existing account balance.

Will I have to repay the ARP Grant that I receive?

No, these funds are to assist you and are considered a grant and do not have to be repaid.

Will these funds affect any current or future financial aid eligibility?

No, your ARP grant is specifically intended to help with expenses related to your cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus.  The funds will not have any impact on current financial aid or future financial aid.

What kinds of expenses can be covered by the ARP Grant for students?

Students may use the emergency financial aid grant toward any component of their cost of attendance, such as tuition and fees, books, room and board, and transportation.  In addition, funds may be used for emergency costs that may arise due to Coronavirus, including but not limited to:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Healthcare (including Mental Health)
  • Childcare