• App State has returned to pre-pandemic operations for the Fall 2021 semester, with safety precautions in place. There are no current plans to move in-person classes online. All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Face coverings are required in all indoor campus locations for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Read the latest updates
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CARES Act emergency grants for students

App State is distributing federal emergency grants — in the form of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021  — to students to help cover expenses due to the coronavirus. 

App State’s HEERF I distribution 

The federal CARES Act provided grant assistance to the university and direct aid to students. As part of CARES, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants were distributed in 2020 to students with financial need who met the minimum U.S. Department of Education criteria to be eligible. HEERF I distribution was completed in January 2021. The HEERF II grants, which App State distributed in spring 2021 to all eligible enrolled students who are U.S. citizens, were part of the CRRSA passed Dec. 27, 2020.

The first HEERF allocation (HEERF I) was $15,927,932. Of that amount:

  • $7,963,966 (50%) was provided directly to students;
  • $7,963,966 (50%) was provided to App State, and was issued as housing and dining refunds to students.

App State’s HEERF I distribution was completed in January 2021. 

App State’s HEERF II distribution 

The second round of HEERF funding (HEERF II) included approximately $8 million for direct payments to students. It was distributed by March 31, 2021, to approximately 18,000 eligible students as follows:

  • Undergraduate students receiving the Pell Grant in the 2020-21 academic year received $525.
  • Eligible graduate students and undergraduate students NOT receiving the Pell Grant during the 2020-21 academic year received $400.

Students eligible for the second round of HEERF assistance had to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who were enrolled in classes at App State for the spring 2021 semester.

App State’s HEERF III distribution 

The third round of HEERF funding (HEERF III) included approximately $21 million for direct payments to students.
As of June 2021, eligible students have been awarded $6.14 million.

  • Students eligible for this award must have attempted at least 24 total credits at App State during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters but completed less than 30 credits.
  • These students also had to be enrolled in classes at App State for the spring 2021 semester and eligible to attend in the fall 2021 semester.
  • Based on institutional priorities, eligible students received assistance and were encouraged to use distributed funds to take a summer course in order to graduate on time.

The university distributed the remaining $15.3 million HEERF III funds on Sept. 16, 2021, as direct payments to approximately 20,000 eligible students as follows:

  • Undergraduate students receiving the Pell Grant in the 2021-22 academic year received $875.
  • Eligible graduate students and undergraduate students NOT receiving the Pell Grant during the 2021-22 academic year received $735.

Students eligible for this award had to meet U.S. Department of Education eligibility requirements, and had to be degree-seeking students at App State who were enrolled at least half time during the fall 2021 semester.

  • Undergraduate students had to be enrolled in at least six credit hours.
  • Graduate students had to be enrolled in at least five credit hours.

About HEERF grants 

The legislation specifies HEERF grant allocations must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus and a student’s cost of attendance, such as:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Relocation expenses
  • Health care
  • Child care
  • Transportation
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How can I get additional assistance?

If you are facing financial hardship and need additional assistance, please contact the Case Management Team in the Office of the Dean of Students to see what other resources are available.

Direct Aid to Students

Students Assisted

  • HEERF I - 10,286
  • HEERF II - 18,495
  • HEERF III - 20,046

Awards

  • HEERF I awarded from student emergency grant funds - $7,963,966
  • HEERF I awarded from institutional grant funds - $7,963,966
  • HEERF II awarded from student emergency grant funds - $7,963,966
  • HEERF II awarded from institutional grant funds - $16,072,138
  • HEERF III awarded from student emergency grant funds $21,442,719
  • HEERF III awarded from institutional grant funds - $21,050,438

Assistance to the Institution:

The institutional HEERF I funds of $7,963,966  went to housing and dining refunds to students.

  • Housing and Residence Life refunded 5,300 students = $4,520,347
  • Dining Services refunded 6,213 students = $3,443,609

The institutional HEERF II funds of $16,072,138 are being utilized for:

  • COVID-19 related expenditures (testing, student isolation and quarantine, PPE, cleaning supplies, etc.);
  • Information technology for converting to online educatio;
  • Additional student aid; and,
  • Lost revenues in housing and dining related to de-densifying the campus.

The institutional HEERF III funds of $21,050,438 will be utilized for:

  • COVID-19 mitigation related expenditures (vaccine clinics, testing, student isolation and quarantine, PPE, etc.);
  • Information technology for converting to online education;
  • Cybersecurity;
  • Additional student aid and student success; and,
  • Minimizing increases in the cost of attendance.

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