American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act
In a third round of emergency funding, the US Congress passed legislation in March 2021 funding the highest appropriations so far to help students and schools suffering financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this point, the aid from previous coronavirus relief packages has helped but still has fallen short of offsetting the significant losses, providing colleges and universities enough to only cover a fraction of the costs they have incurred due to the pandemic.
This funding includes an allocation (HEERF III) specifically for emergency cash grants to students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, including things like tuition, course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare.
MSP used funds from HEERF I and II (CARES and CRRSAA) to award students enrolled during the 2020-21 academic year. The HEERF III funds from the ARP Act will be awarded to students enrolled during the 2021-22 academic year. MSP was awarded $66,291 to award as emergency grants directly to students. These student emergency grants will begin to be awarded in mid to late fall during the first semester of the 2021-22 academic year. MSP has spent $54,042 of the $66,290 institutional award during September 2021 for technology upgrades in classrooms to better serve students who are learning remotely, and for enhanced air purification and disinfection supplies in classrooms for in-person students attending on campus.