American Rescue Plan (ARP) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) Information
About ARP Funding
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 Emergency financial grant support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The emergency funds available under CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP are provided to allow students and institutions to cope with the expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taken together, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Pub. L. 116–136), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260), and the emergency funds available under CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP are provided to allow students and institutions to cope. ARP represent HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III, respectively.
HEERF funding is separate from additional financial aid students may receive from Dunwoody College of Technology. On May 17th, 2021 Dunwoody was approved for $1,863,306.00 in HEERF III funding intended for distribution to students and can be disbursed over the next 12 months to combat the continuing effects of COVID-19.
Dunwoody acknowledges that it has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement. The Department has assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
What Does This Funding Cover?
The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for grant assistance that align with any component of student’s cost of attendance—such as emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as::
- Course materials
- Health care (including mental health)
- Child care
HEERF III Eligibility
Students who meet all criteria below are eligible for HEERF III:
- Working towards a degree or certificate at Dunwoody during the COVID-19 national emergency, regardless of whether they completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or are eligible for Title IV
- Enrolled during the summer or fall 2021 semester
- Not participating in Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
***Additional Need-Based Aid Eligibility***
Has there been changes to Your Family’s Financial Situation?
If you or your family’s financial situation has changed significantly from what is reflected on your federal income tax return (for example, if you’ve lost a job or otherwise experienced a drop in income), you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted that could make you eligible for Federal Pell Grants and other need-based student aid.
What to do? Complete the FAFSA questions as instructed on the application (including the transfer of tax return and income information), submit your FAFSA form, then contact the financial aid office to discuss how your current financial situation has changed.
The financial aid office is in the process of conducting direct outreach to financial aid applicants about the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment. However, if you feel that a review of your special circumstance should be reviewed immediately, please email the financial aid office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that the school’s decision is final and cannot be appealed to the U.S. Department of Education.