American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 (Pub. L. 117-2). ARP Section 2003(a)(1) provided $39.6 billion for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), to support institutions of higher education. ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) was allocated $20,461,718 through ARP to provide emergency grants to EMU students and $19,851,592 for the institutional relief to EMU. EMU intends to allocate 100% of the $20,461,718 to students in the form of emergency relief grants as federally mandated.
Student Emergency Relief Funds
EMU has allocated $6,234,250 to be distributed in the form of Block Emergency Relief Grants to students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or lower from a valid 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with EMU enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester as of August 10, 2021. Block Emergency Grant amounts ranging from $150 - $1,200 were determined based on an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) range with priority given to students who demonstrated exceptional financial need such as undergraduate students who receive Pell grants.
EMU notified 6,709 students via an email to their EMU email account indicating the amount of emergency grant awarded and instructions to complete an electronic consent form indicating their preference to receive the emergency grant as a direct payment to their Eagle OneCard based on their refund preference setup in BankMobile OR as payment toward their Fall 2021 semester balance.
Application to Request Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
An application for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is now available for EMU students who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are reserved for students who have faced significant unexpected expenses either for themselves or that would affect their financial circumstances, such as the loss of employment, reduced income, or food or housing insecurity.
An application does not guarantee funding. Preference will be given to students who did not already receive HEERF funding during the current semester. All undergraduate students and all graduate students enrolled at least half-time for the Fall 2021 semester are eligible to apply.
If you experience technical difficulties completing the application please contact [email protected]
Institutional Relief and Title III Funding
In addition to the Student Relief Funds, Eastern Michigan University has received $19,851,592 in ARP funding designated for Institutional Relief under Section 2003(a)(1); and 2) Funds in the amount of $1,772,855 made available through additional awards to Title III eligible institutions (Section 2003(a)(1)). Like the disruption to our students, the disruption to EMU’s delivery of instruction and operations extends beyond the initial disruption in March 2020.
ARP Section 2003(a)(1) Institutional Relief Funds
Eastern Michigan University is utilizing its Institutional Relief Funds in a manner consistent with the Certification Agreement it has with the U.S. Department of Education, and ARP by directing it to costs associated with the significant change in delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
ARP Section 2003(a)(1) Title III Eligible Institutions
Section ARP Section 2003(a)(1) of the ARP provides additional awards under Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965. EMU is Title III eligible and has entered into a Certification Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education for an additional $1,772,855. These Section 2003(a)(1) awards are made in addition to the 2003(a)(1) awards for Student Emergency Relief and Institutional Relief and can be used to address any need related to coronavirus. Eligibility under Title III, Part A – Strengthening Institutions of the HEA Act indicates that EMU has fewer resources than more than half of the other four-year public universities and colleges in the U.S. As such, and consistent with 2003(a)(1), EMU is replacing lost revenue due to the disruption of on-campus housing because of the coronavirus pandemic with 2003(a)(1) funds.
EMU’s Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for EMU’s Section 18004(1) Institutional Relief Funds, and 18002(a)(2) Eligible Title III Institutions can be found below: