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American Rescue Plan Act - Emergency Student Aid (Round Three)

Posted: August 6, 2021
Updated: August 21, 2021

Roane State is preparing to disburse emergency student aid that has been provided through a new round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF). This is new funding established by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. Students must complete the online survey in order to receive emergency aid. You can find additional information listed below.

ELIGIBLE FALL 2021 STUDENTS: LOG INTO RAIDERNET AND CHECK YOUR ALERTS FOR A SURVEY LINK

Looking for previous emergency aid information? See Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) of 2021 or CARES Act funding from 2020.

What Is HEERF III and ARPA?

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), 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.

ARPA funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.

Roane State has been allocated approximately $6.1 million for emergency aid payments to students during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Learn more about HEERF III on the U.S. Department of Education website.

How Much Will Eligible RSCC Students Receive?

The total allocation of funds received will be distributed to Roane State’s student population per guidelines of the Tennessee Board of Regents and in accordance to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). The aid amounts that will be distributed to eligible students depend on a number of factors, including Federal Pell Grant eligibility and number of students that complete the required survey. Payments to Pell eligible students will reflect a 15% higher funding level.

When and How Will the Funds Be Distributed?

Roane State’s business office expects to begin the disbursement process the week of August 25, 2021. Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on if you have an e-refund profile setup with the college. For those receiving direct deposit, remember that payment may not be reflected immediately on your account. Please allow time for your financial institution to receive and post the funds.

Do RSCC Students Need To Do Anything To Get the Funds?

Yes, students must complete the online survey available through RaiderNet by August 21, 2021. Aid will be sent automatically to qualifying students. Recipients will be notified by RSCC email.

What Is the Purpose of the Disbursements?

For students who qualify, USDOE regulations require funds be used to cover expenses that may have been impacted by COVID-19. This includes eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, transportation, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health care), and child care. Therefore, any emergency grant funds disbursed must be used for such qualifying expenses. A student’s acceptance of the funding is considered confirmation that they have a qualifying expense.

Will my Financial Aid Be Reduced Next Semester?

HEERF payments will not affect regular financial aid.

If a Student Has a Need for Additional Funding, Is More Assistance Available?

Yes, additional emergency funding will be available in cases of exceptional need. Requests for additional aid will be accepted by application only beginning August 21, 2021. The application is available here. Please note that additional funding requests over $500 will be evaluated individually as they are received until all funds are depleted. Recipients will be notified by email if their request is approved.

I Still Have Questions

Our team is available to assist you! Submit any questions you have to arpa@roanestate.edu. Please be advised that if you send a message related to emergency aid from a non-Roane State email address, you may not receive a response or your response may be significantly delayed.

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