The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides funding to institutions to provide financial aid grants to eligible students. These grants for students may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance (i.e., tuition, room, board, fees, and indirect costs) or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus. More comprehensive information regarding ARP may be found on the Department of Education website.
North Greenville University acknowledges that it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) the Certification and Agreement with the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Student Grants to students. North Greenville University (NGU) received notification from the U.S. Department of Education on May 21, 2021 that the ARP funds were made available. NGU received a total of $5,790,223 from the U. S. Department of Education and designated a required minimum of $2,925,368 in emergency grants for eligible students. All remaining Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funds, regardless of distributing programs, are now compiled under ARP guidelines. NGU has a remaining $208,278 from the student share of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) that will be provided to students under the new ARP guidelines.
As of the date of this reporting, the University has an estimated 1,665 students eligible to receive Emergency Student Grants under CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs. During the Fall 2021 semester, a total of $1,549,850 in Emergency Student Grant funds were provided to 1,665 eligible students. NGU will provide additional emergency student grant funds to eligible students using the remaining ARP funding during the Spring 2022 semester within the required timeframe established by the Department of Education (DoE).
Emergency Student Grant Eligibility
Students considered for an emergency student grant are degree-seeking students, enrolled at least ½ time for the Fall 2021 semester. Grant consideration is based on those with financial need as demonstrated by the EFC from the 2021-2022 FAFSA, giving prioritization to those that have an EFC between $0-$5,846. International and undocumented students are not required to submit a FAFSA for consideration.
The grant matrix below is based on the EFC and assists enrolled students with various components of their cost of attendance (ie. tuition, fees, and indirect costs). Students that had not yet submitted a 2021-2022 FAFSA were encouraged to do so for consideration.
|$0 to $5,846||$1200|
|$5,847 to $20,000||$800|
|Greater than $20,000||$650|
Eligible Students – Summary by Program Level Fall 2021
|Level||Student Count||Amount Distributed||Students with No FAFSA|
All eligible students were sent a Notification of Grant Eligibility email to their NGU email account giving them information about the grant. Those with a current balance were sent a Notification to Students with Balance email with instructions on how they could provide NGU with authorization to leave the grant on the account by contacting NGUcentral staff or by using an Emergency Student Grant Authorization Form online form found on the student portal. The communication clearly stated that they were not required to use the funds to pay for a current balance.
Students that had not previously submitted a 2021-2022 FAFSA were sent a Notification FAFSA Submission Needed email to their NGU email account encouraging them to submit the FAFSA for consideration of the grant.
Grant funds were provided directly to eligible students by paper check or ACH.
Initial Post – 10.8.21
Amended – 1.10.22