ARP Emergency Funding for Students

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was approved by Congress and includes support for higher education, including emergency grants for students facing expenses due to COVID-19. UConn has received $56.9 million of which $28.4 million is designated for emergency grants to students. The remaining funds are designated for use by the institution to cover expenses related to COVID-19.

The emergency grants must be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
The grant appears with the following name(s):

  • HEERF3/ARP Award 1
  • HEERF3/ARP Award 2
  • HEERF3/ARP Award 3
  • HEERF3/ARP Award 4
  • HEERF3/ARP Award 5
  • HEERF3/ARP Award 6

We will be awarding through financial aid and disbursing directly to students via their student account. The grant will be passed through PeopleSoft and will not be applied to or used to offset any charge, debt, tuition, fees, or other balance in a student account, nor will it be encumbered in any manner by UConn.

For students enrolled in direct deposit, they will have access to the funds in approximately three business days from the date of disbursement. For those not enrolled in direct deposit, the Office of the Bursar will issue a check.

Students may decline the award by sending the written request by email to financialaid@uconn.edu. The student will return the grant to the Office of the Bursar by making a payment to their student account.

Phase 1 – Summer Awarding from 07/26/2021-08/23/2021 (Past Phase)

*As of September 30, 2021, 10,285 students were awarded a total of $8,580,500 in this phase*

Summer awarding for ARP Grants will happen starting 07/26/2021 and continue until 08/23/2021. There will be two types of awards made to students during this time.

Phase 1 Block Grant

Total number of students awarded in Phase 1 Block as of 08/26/2021 8,664
Total amount of Grants awarded to students in Phase 1 Block as of 08/26/2021 $6,780,500

The awarding of Block Grants will begin during the week of 07/26/2021-07/30/2021, with a completion goal of 07/30/2021. To qualify for the block grant students will have to meet the following criteria:

    • UConn has received an official 2021-2022 FAFSA as of 07/22/21
    • Enrolled and degree seeking for Spring 2021 term as of the end of the semester
    • Did not graduate in Spring 2021
    • Eligible to enroll in the Fall 2021 semester

 

Awarding Model:

Undergraduate Award Amounts

EFC Award Value
0-999 $1,000
1,000 – 2,499 $1,000
2,500 – 3,499 $1,000
3,500 – 5,577 $1,000
5,578 – 10,000 $500
10,001 – 15,000 $500
15,001 – 20,000 $500
20,001 $ -

Graduate and Professional Award Amounts

EFC Award Value
0-999 $500
1,000 – 2,499 $500
2,500 – 3,499 $500
3,500 – 5,577 $500
5,578 – 10,000 $500
10,001 – 15,000 $500
15,001 – 20,000 $500
20,001 $ -

The Office of Student Financial Aid Services has identified approximately 8,600 students (across all careers) that meet the above listed criteria and have a 2021-2022 EFC that qualifies them for a grant in the awarding model (see above). In total these students will receive approximately $6.7 million.

 

Phase 1 Application Grant

Total number of students awarded in Phase 1 Application as of 09/30/2021 3,600
Total amount of Grants awarded to students in Phase 1 Application as of 09/30/2021 $1,800,000

*As of 08/23/2021 the Phase 1 application has been fully closed.

Starting on 08/02/2021 students who are experiencing an expense related to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition and childcare) may complete an emergency grant application.  To qualify for an emergency grant the student will have to meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled and degree seeking for Spring 2021 term as of the end of the semester
  • Did not graduate in Spring 2021
  • Eligible to enroll in the Fall 2021 semester

If eligible, the value of the grant will be for $500.

Phase 2 – Fall Awarding from 09/30/2021-01/11/2022 (Current Phase)

Fall awarding for ARP Grants will happen starting 09/30/2021 and continue until 01/11/2022. There will be two types of awards made to students during this time.

Phase 2 Block Grant

Total number of students awarded in Phase 2 Block as of 11/24/2021 12,978

Total amount of Grants awarded to students in Phase 2 Block as of 11/24/2021 $9,991,723

The awarding of Block grants will begin on 10/05/21 with a completion goal of 10/08/21. To qualify for the block grant students will have to meet the following criteria:

  • UConn has received an official 2021-2022 FAFSA as of 09/29/2021
  • Enrolled and degree seeking for the Fall 2021 term

The University has also received additional funding totaling $105,277 that is to be used for students at the Waterbury campus. Funding comes from the SIP program.

As of 10/07/2021 177 students have been awarded a total of $105,277

 

Awarding Model:

Undergraduate Award Amounts

EFC Award Value
0-999 $1,000
1,000 – 2,499 $1,000
2,500 – 3,499 $1,000
3,500 – 5,577 $1,000
5,578 – 10,000 $500
10,001 – 15,000 $500
15,001 – 20,000 $500
20,001 $ -

Graduate and Professional Award Amounts

EFC Award Value
0-999 $500
1,000 – 2,499 $500
2,500 – 3,499 $500
3,500 – 5,577 $500
5,578 – 10,000 $500
10,001 – 15,000 $500
15,001 – 20,000 $500
20,001 $ -

Phase 2 Application Grant

Total number of students awarded in Phase 2 Application as of 11/24/2021 10,608

Total amount of Grants awarded to students in Phase 2 Application as of 11/24/2021 $5,304,000

Applications for emergency grants will open on 10/11/2021. Awarding will begin on 10/19/2021.

Students who are experiencing an expense related to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition and childcare) may complete an emergency grant application by visiting https://financialaid.uconn.edu/arp-emergency-fall-grant-application/ starting 10/11/2021. To qualify for an emergency grant the student will have to meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled and degree seeking for the Fall 2021 term

If eligible, the value of the grant will be for $500.

Students who applied for, and received, an application grant in Phase 1 can apply for additional funding in Phase 2.

Phase 3 – Spring Awarding from 02/07/2022-05/31/2022 (Future Phase)

Spring awarding for ARP Grants will happen starting 02/07/2022 and continue until 05/31/2022. There will be two types of awards made to students during this time.

 

Phase 3 Block Grant

The awarding of Block Grants will begin on a to be determined future date. Updates will be made available on this website and via the daily digest.

To qualify for the block grant students will have to meet the following criteria:

  • UConn has received an official 2021-2022 FAFSA (as of date to be determined)
  • Enrolled and degree seeking for the Spring 2022 term

 

Phase 3 Application Grant

The awarding of Application grants will begin on a to be determined future date. Updates will be made available on this website and via the daily digest.

Students who are experiencing an expense related to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition and childcare) may complete an emergency grant application. To qualify for an emergency grant the student will have to meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled and degree seeking for the Spring 2022 term

Students who applied for, and received, an application grant in Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 can apply for additional funding in Phase 3.

Awarding Updates

Below are the total amounts awarded, by date of data pull, for each Phase;

Phase 1 – Block Grant

  • 08/04/21- 8,663 Students $6,780,000
  • 08/26/21- 8,664 Students $6,780,500 (1 Student; $500)
  • 09/30/21- 8,664 Students $6,780,500 (No Change)
  • 10/29/21- 8,664 Students $6,780,500 (No Change)
  • 11/24/21- 8,664 Students $6,780,500 (No Change)

 

Phase 1 – Application Grant

  • 08/26/21- 3,599 Students $1,799,500
  • 09/30/21- 3,600 Students $1,800,000 (1 Student; $500)
  • 10/29/21- 3,600 Students $1,800,000 (No Change)
  • 11/24/21- 3,600 Students $1,800,000 (No Change)

 

Phase 2 – Block Grant

  • 10/07/21- 12,986 Students $10,000,223
  • 10/29/21- 12,981 Students $9,994,223 (-5 Students; -$6,000)
  • 11/24/21- 12,978 Students $9,991,723 (-3 Students; -$2,500)

 

Phase 2 – Block Grant (Waterbury SIP)

  • 10/07/21- 177 Students $105,277 (Fully Awarded)

 

Phase 2 – Application Grant

  • 10/29/21- 7,425 Students $3,712,500
  • 11/24/21- 10,608 Students $5,304,000 (3,183 Students; $1,591,500)

 

HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports:

09/30/20 Quarterly Report

12/31/20 Quarterly Report

03/31/21 Quarterly Report

06/30/21 Quarterly Report

09/30/21 Quarterly Report