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ARP: American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)

Introduction

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 $39.6 billion in 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 total $76.2 billion.

Note: This page is dedicated to the new funding (HEERF III) established by the ARP. Information about the HEERF II established by the CRRSAA can be found at this link. HEERF I established by the CARES Act can be found at this link.

Latest News

August 17, 2021: Reopening; Notice Inviting Applications for the Proprietary Institution Grant Funds for Students Program Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

July 29, 2021: All successful applicants awarded the IREPO Grant: Allocation Table Here

May 14, 2021: Eligibility to Receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Program

May 11, 2021: Today the Department is making available $36 billion in emergency aid to public and private non-profit institutions and $396 million to proprietary colleges to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The full press release is available here.

May 11, 2021: Notice of Proposed institutional Eligibility Criteria for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Supplemental Support under American Rescue Plan (SSARP) Program

Specific Program Information

Congress created several programs within HEERF III. Please click on the links below to be taken to information and resources for the specific program or distribution.

Institutional Portion for Public and Nonprofit Institutions (a)(1)

Student Aid Portion for Public and Nonprofit Institutions (a)(1)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (a)(2)

Minority Serving Institutions (a)(2)

Strengthening Institutions Program (a)(2)

Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (a)(2)

Supplemental Support under American Rescue Plan (a)(3)

Proprietary Institutions Grant Funds for Students (a)(4)


Program
(with link to website)

ALN

ARP Section

Eligibility
(with link to allocation table)

Certification & Agreement

Deadline

Grants.gov Funding

Opportunity Number

Student Aid Portion for Public and Nonprofit Institutions

84.425E

Section 2003(a)(1)

Public and Nonprofit Title IV participating institutions
Note: Students cannot apply for assistance directly from the U.S. Department of Education but should contact their institutions for further information and guidance.
Allocation Table Here

Certification and Agreement

August 11, 2021

Note: Institutions do not need to apply if previously received HEERF funding.

ED-GRANTS-051321-001

Institutional Portion for Public and Nonprofit Institutions

84.425F

Section 2003(a)(1)

Public and Nonprofit Title IV participating institutions
Allocation Table Here

Certification and Agreement

August 11, 2021

Note: Institutions do not need to apply if previously received HEERF funding.

ED-GRANTS-051321-002

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

84.425J

Section 2003(a)(2)

Institutions that qualify for funding under the following programs: Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Part B institutions as described in section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA)), Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions (institutions named in section 326(e)(1) of the HEA), and Master’s Degree Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (institutions named in section 723(b)(1) of the HEA)
Allocation Table Here

Certification and Agreement

Note: Institutions do not need to apply.

ED-GRANTS-xxxxxx-xxx

Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)

84.425K

Section 2003(a)(2)

Institutions that qualify for funding under the Tribally Controlled College or University Assistance Act of 1978 or the Navajo Community College Assistance Act of 1978; are cited in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land Grant Status Act of 1994; or are designated as eligible for funding by the Bureau of Indian Education
Allocation Table Here

Certification and Agreement

Note: Institutions do not need to apply.

ED-GRANTS-xxxxxx-xxx

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

84.425L

Section 2003(a)(2)

Institutions that would be eligible to participate in the following programs: Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNH), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI), Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI), and Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) programs
Allocation Table Here

Certification and Agreements:

October 1, 2021 Note: Institutions do not need to apply if previously received HEERF a2 Minority Serving Institutions. If the institution is listed on the allocation table and did not receive an award under CRSSAA a2 need to apply.

ED-GRANTS-080221-001

Strengthening Institutions Program (SIPs)

84.425M

Section 2003(a)(2)

Institutions designated as eligible in FY 2020 for grant programs in Titles III and V of the HEA that did not receive 18004(a)(2) grant awards as a result of not meeting the requirements for the Strengthening HBCUs, HBGIs, HBCU Master’s, TCCUs, PBIs, ANNH, AANAPISI, NASNTI, DHSI, and/or PPOHA programs
Allocation Table Here

Certification and Agreements:

October 1, 2021 Note: Institutions do not need to apply if previously received HEERF a2 Strengthening Institutions Program. If the institution is listed on the allocation table and did not receive an award under CRSSAA a2 need to apply.

ED-GRANTS-080221-002

Supplemental Support under American Rescue Plan

84.425S

Section 2003(a)(3)

Public and Private Nonprofit Institutions of Higher Education, see Federal Register Notice for specific Absolute Priority Eligibility.
No Allocaton Table.

Certification and Agreement

Comments must be received no later than May 25, 2021

ED-GRANTS-xxxxxx-xxx

Proprietary Institutions Grant Funds for Students

84.425Q

Section 2003(a)(4)

Title IV participating proprietary institutions
Allocation Table Here

Certification and Agreement

Required Proprietary Institution Certification

Note: To receive funding under the ARP (a)(4) program, all proprietary institutions must complete and submit this form to assist with management and oversight.

September 10, 2021

Note: Institutions do not need to apply if previously received HEERF funding, but must complete and submit the Required Proprietary Institution Certification noted in the adjacent column.

ED-GRANTS-051321-003


Reporting and Data Collection

HEERF Grant Program FAQs and Documents:

Briefings

Acting Assistant Secretary Michelle Asha Cooper participated in a series of briefings on HEERF funds in the American Rescue Plan in May and June of 2021. Please find the following materials from those briefings:

Contact Information

Have questions about HEERF grants? Email HEERF@ed.gov

Think an institution is misusing or abusing ED funds? Do not let ARP funding for schools and students end up in the wrong hands. File a complaint online with our Inspector General (OIG) or call their Hotline.



   
Last Modified: 09/30/2021