Supplemental Support under the American Rescue 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 $60,603 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 made the SSARP emergency student application available in February 2023, with grant refunds distributed to students in mid-March 2023. MSP received 69 applications and all students were awarded some amount of grant. A total of $60,600 was awarded. The criteria for awarding decisions was 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 public assistance (WIC, SNAP, TANF, etc.)
- 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).