The ARP: American Rescue Plan (HEERF III) provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted as a direct results of COVID-19.
Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education but should complete the application by selecting the "Apply for ARP Funds" button for consideration. If you have applied, please keep an eye on your ESU email for correspondence related to your application.
The ARP provides institutions with significant discretion on how to award this emergency assistance to students. This means that each institution may develop its own system and process for determining how to allocate these funds to students who demonstrate significant need.
Statutory law requires that the funds be used to cover emergency expenses related to the cost of attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic (including tuition, fees, housing, food, technology, supplies, etc).
- Do I have to repay the emergency financial aid grant I received from ESU through the American Rescue Plan?
No. The funds provided by the ARP are grants, so they do not need to be repaid.
- I am a student who received an emergency financial aid grant from ESU through the ARP. Is this grant includible in my gross income?
No. According to the Internal Revenue Service, “Emergency financial aid grants under the ARP for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139.”
- What can emergency financial aid grants provided by the ARP be used for?
Emergency financial aid grants to students can be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
- Who is eligible to receive ARP funds?
Similar to the HEERF II funds, the HEERF III funds include no student eligibility requirements either. However, institutions are required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants.
Recipients of HEERF III funds must have been enrolled at ESU on or after the date the national emergency was declared for COVID-19.
- What if I still have an account balance?
ARP funding can now be applied directly to your student bill. If you have an outstanding balance and would like ARP funds to be applied to your bill, you may indicate so when completing the ARP application.
- Does this funding affect my other financial aid?
No. This is an emergency grant to help you manage unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus, and it will not have any impact on other financial aid you may be eligible to receive.
- How will I receive these funds?
Emergency grants will be processed through Student Accounts through the refund option you previous selected with TouchNet. To review/modify your selected option, log on to your myESU Portal and navigate to Student Billing Tools. If you are still having difficulty, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.