American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (HEERF III)
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (HEERF III) allocated $22,332,991 to Harper College in May and June 2021 to provide support to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to reimburse Harper's institutional costs associated with coronavirus.
The ARP (HEERF III) funding provides continued support to higher education institutions as they adapt their operations to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to keep students enrolled throughout the pandemic. Similar to previous HEERF awards, ARP provides funding through a student portion for emergency financial aid grants to students and an institutional costs portion. The student portion provides financial aid grants to students that can be used to offset their cost of attendance or for costs that result from the pandemic. Examples of such costs include tuition, housing, food, childcare, and healthcare.
The institutional costs portion of the ARP funding is to offset costs Harper has incurred during and due to the pandemic, such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), holding additional course sections to maintain social distancing for faculty and students, and technology costs for the transition to distance education. ARP funding also requires higher education institutions to implement evidence-based practices to monitor and suppress coronavirus in accordance with public health guidelines and conduct direct outreach to financial aid applicants about the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to recent unemployment of a family member or independent student, or other circumstances.
Fund Allocation Reporting
Harper College has agreed to the terms and conditions outlined within Section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) through an agreement with the Department of Education. Harper received a combined total of $22,332,991 for both Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students and Institutional Costs. The Certification and Agreement assures that Harper College would use no less than $11,254,216 to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to students.
On June 30, 2021, Harper College received the award for the student portion of ARP funding. The College is continuing to provide Student Emergency Aid awards to students through an online Student Emergency Aid application using both CRRSAA (HEERF II) and ARP (HEERF III) funding. As of October 7, 2021, 5 students have received $7,410 from the ARP (HEERF III) student funding.