Supplemental Support under the American Resuce Plan (SSARP)
In a fourth round of emergency funding, the Department of Education announced the availability of funds through the Supplemental Support under the American Rescue Plan (SSARP) program, Assistance Listing Number (ALN) 84.425T. The SSARP program supports institutions of higher education (IHEs or institutions) with the greatest unmet needs related to the novel coronavirus 2019 pandemic (coronavirus or COVID-19). Eligible institutions were encouraged to submit applications requesting funding through SSARP. The Michigan School of Psychology applied for SSARP funding on March 8, 2022 and was notified on July 13, 2022 of being awarded $66,603 in student emergency grant funds. No institutional award was granted in this round of funding. MSP was eligible to apply for this assistance as a school with 100% graduate student enrollment.
MSP plans to award the SSARP emergency student grants during the 2022-23 academic year, but has not yet determined or announced the application process for this round of awarding. It is anticipated that the criteria for awarding decisions will be based on the same considerations that were used in awarding ARP student emergency grants in December 2021:
- Student need as determined from their emergency grant application
- State or Federal assistance recipient
- Loss of employment
- Reduced income
- Food insecurity
- Housing insecurity
- Increased expenses related to COVID
- Mental health expenses
- Unexpected medical expenses
- Other exceptional need as defined by the student
- Student’s intended use of the funds
MSP received these funds after signing and submitting the HEERF Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education (ED). Funds are utilized pursuant to section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and section 314 of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).