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 (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 September 30, 2021 NGU identified 39 eligible PA Medicine program students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester and granted $43,600 in Emergency Student Grants. NGU will provide additional emergency student grant funds to eligible students using the remaining ARP funding within the required timeframe established by the Department of Education (DoE).
PA Medicine Students: Students considered for an emergency student grant are degree-seeking students, currently 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.
The grant matrix system below is based on the EFC and assists currently enrolled PA students for Fall 2021 with various components of their cost of attendance (ie. tuition, fees, and indirect costs). Students that have not yet submitted a 2021-2022 FAFSA have been encouraged to do so for consideration.
|EFC Range||Grant Amount|
|$0 to $5,846||$1200|
|$5,847 to $20,000||$800|
|Greater than $20,000||$650|
All eligible students were sent an email to their NGU email account on August 5, 2021 giving them information about the grant. Those with a current balance were provided with instructions on how they could provide NGU with authorization to leave the grant on the account by contacting NGUcentral staff. 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 an 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.