American Rescue Plan (ARP) 2021 // HEERF III

Overview/background

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The college has received substantial grant funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). We anticipate awarding $1,553,447 through block grants and emergency grant funds to students. Emergency funds will be disbursed beginning September 10 for new and returning students. Block grants will be distributed in early to mid-October.

This Plan has created emergency financial aid grants to assist students with exceptional need. These grants can be used toward educational costs and other emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.

ARP requires institutions to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as those who receive Federal Pell Grants, when awarding this grant. However, students do not need to be a Pell Grant recipient or student who is eligible for Federal Pell Grants to receive this funding. ARP funding is limited, so not all applicants will receive funding.

Student eligibility criteria:

  • Be an enrolled student accepted into an eligible program to receive a "block grant"

Excluded students:

  • PSEO students (Online College in the High School, concurrent enrollment, regular PSEO)
  • Incarcerated students
  • Students paying the senior citizen rate/noncredit courses
  • Farm Business Management students

Emergency Grants

We encourage all students experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 disruptions to apply for emergency grants. ATCC understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted many students and families. Please take a few minutes to complete the Emergency Grants Application. Priority will be given to students with exceptional need as determined by the results of the 2021-2022 FAFSA.

ARP Emergency Grant recipient funding will be transferred to students' direct deposit bank account on file. If a recipient does not have a direct deposit bank account set up, a check will be mailed to the local address of the student.

The Financial Aid Office is here to help you through this challenging time. Please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office by calling 320-762-4540 or emailing financialaid@alextech.edu if you have any questions.


Students attending Alexandria College fall 2021 and beyond can expect a robust in-person student experience.