Emergency Funds for Students

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds for Students

To:  University Community
From:  Kevin Dyerly, Vice President of Finance, and Emily Baker, Senior Director of Student Financial and Military and Veteran Services
Date:  September 10, 2021
Subject:  Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Distribution to students

The University of Redlands has received three rounds of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds from the federal government. These funds have been granted through: the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by the U.S. Congress on March 27, 2020; the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020; and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed into law on March 11, 2021. To date, we have awarded over $3.9 million in relief funds to students. Distributions of CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP funds have supported students with technology, living, student account, travel, and other expenses.

Beginning the week of September 13, U of R will allocate ARP funds to our students with the most financial need to support their educational expenses during the fall 2021 term. The American Rescue Plan allows schools to support all enrolled students with financial need regardless of eligibility to file the FAFSA. When distributing funds as outlined below, all types of financial aid applications will be considered ensuring that international and undocumented students are included in this distribution of funds.

Undergraduate Students

Residential Students

Students with the greatest financial need who transitioned back to campus for the fall 2021 term will receive money to cover costs associated with their move and the interruption of access to University facilities. Pell Grant recipients will receive $1,200; those who are not Pell Grant-eligible and have demonstrated financial need of $30,000 or more will receive $600. No application is required; a refund check will be issued to the student’s active address on file beginning the week of September 13.

Other Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students enrolled for fall 2021 with expected family contributions of less than $15,000 who are not living in the residence halls will receive $600 to cover accommodations to help continue their education (such as improved hardware or software at home, access to internet, video supplies, space, or other provisions). No application is required; a refund check will be issued to the student’s active address on file beginning the week of September 13.

Graduate and Credential Students

Graduate and teaching credential students enrolled for the fall term with expected family contributions of less than $15,000 will receive $600 to cover accommodations to help continue their education (such as improved hardware or software at home, access to internet, video supplies, space, or other provisions). No application is required; a refund check will be issued to the student’s active address on file beginning the week of September 13.

Other Students with Financial Hardship

We recognize that any student, regardless of degree program or previously demonstrated financial need, may have additional expenses and financial need that qualify for relief funds. Any student experiencing financial hardship may apply for funds through our simple application process. To apply, please visit the Emergency Fund Application.

Applications for relief funds continue to be accepted throughout fall 2021 and will be reviewed based on the established criteria for ARP funds. For more information about the ARP and the third round of stimulus funding, please review our ARP FAQs.

If you have questions about stimulus act funding, please email sfs@redlands.edu.

University of Redlands has received funding to assist students through the American Rescue Plan signed into law on March 27, 2021. 

All University of Redlands students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus, may apply for ARP Funding.  Unlike the distribution of CARES and CRRSAA funding ARP funds may be distributed to “refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, similar undocumented students” and international students.

ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students.  Eligible expenses for ARP funding include tuition, technology, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare. In order to honor these requirements and provide support to our students, we have established a quick application process for students to request ARP funding.

For any questions about ARP funding, please contact Student Financial Services at SFS@redlands.edu or 909-748-8047.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is ARP?

A: The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was signed into law by President Biden on March 27, 2021.  ARP authorized a third round of Higher Education Relief Funds for educational institutions.  Each institution of higher education was provided a unique allocation of funding for its students. Guidance directly from the Department of Education can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/arp.html.

Q: When will ARP funds be available?

A: ARP funds are available now through our application process.  To be considered for ARP funding, students may complete the online application for funding at the link above.  Students who submit an eligible application will be notified within three weeks of the application date.

Q: Who is eligible for ARP funding?

A: All University of Redlands students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020, the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus, may apply for ARP Funding.  Unlike the distribution of CARES and CRRSAA funding, ARP funds may be distributed to “refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, similar undocumented students” and international students. 

ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students.  Eligible expenses for ARP funding include tuition, technology, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. In order to honor these requirements and provide support to our students, we have established a quick application process for students to request ARP funding.

Q: What are eligible expenses for ARP funding?

A: ARP funds can be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for emergency costs that arise due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health care), and child care.

Q: Who will be given ARP funding?

A: All students who apply for assistance through the ARP Emergency Fund Application will be reviewed for funding eligibility.  ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students. 

Q: Are emergency financial aid grants distributed under ARP considered taxable income?

A: No. Emergency financial aid grants made by a federal agency, to a student because of an event related to the COVID-19 national emergency, are not included in the student's gross income. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bulletin Emergency aid granted to students due to COVID is not taxable (March 30, 2021).

ARP HEERF Reporting

The following information is provided by University of Redlands as required by the Department of Education (ED) in order to comply with the reporting requirements under the ARP Act (HEERF III). 

Quarterly Report: 07/01/2021
Quarterly Report: 10/01/2021

  1. On April 9, 2020, University of Redlands signed and returned to ED the CARES HEERF Certification and Agreement and established a policy to provide the mandated amount of no less than 50% of the initial emergency financial aid grants to students.  On June 4, 2021, University of Redlands received the Grant Award Notification for the third allocation of HEERF funding through the ARP Act and established a policy to provide the mandated amount of no less than 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

  2. Pursuant to the Certification and Agreement and second Grant Award Notification, the University of Redlands is eligible to receive up to $4,442,008 in HEERF III Student Share Grant Funds. 

  3. Total amount of funds distributed to students as of report date:
    - 07/01/2021: $205,302.62
    - 10/01/2021: $2,388,337.86

  4. As of the Fall 2021 academic term, the University estimates that approximately 4100 students may be eligible for the HEERF III Student Share Grant Funds.  During the Summer 2021 academic term, the University estimated that approximately 4500 students were eligible for the HEERF III Student Share Grant Funds.

  5. Total Number of students who have received an ARP HEERF III emergency financial aid grant:
    - 07/01/2021: 114
    - 10/01/2021: 2375

  6. Information on how the institution determined which students have received and can receive emergency financial aid grants is found in the above Distribution of ARP Act Funding to Students Memos. 

  7. The campus community was notified of the process for distribution of the HEERF III student portion on June 10, 2021 via the above Higher Education Emergency Relief funds distribution to students Memo. On September 10, 2021 the University Community was notified via the above Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Distribution to students Memo. Students who complete the application process are notified via their University of Redlands email regarding the outcome of their application.