In January 2021, Congress released the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act through the Consolidated Appropriations which provided additional stimulus funding for institutions of higher education and their students. Due to this new legislation, TCTC is able to provide immediate assistance to individuals and families suffering economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleges and universities are required to use ARP Act funds to provide grants to students for expenses related to the disruptions to their education due to COVID-19, including things like tuition, fees, course materials and technology, as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare.
The ARP Act anticipated funding was applied to eligible student accounts for the Fall 2021 term. The timing and quick action of TCTC employees, to be able to award these funds, shows the caring and responsive nature the college has in supporting its students and the community. We care about our students and the community’s current financial situation and are sensitive to their needs. The use of funds in this way will allow current students to continue their education and incoming students to attend when they otherwise would not be able to afford to continue their education.
Tri-County Technical College received ARP Act funding, which will be dispersed immediately to eligible students. To be eligible for ARP Act grants, students must meet the following criteria:
Dual enrollment and transient students are not eligible for ARP Act grants.
If you are deemed eligible based on the above criteria, the following amount will be received based on the below groupings:
As with all federal grants, grants and scholarships cannot exceed the term cost of attendance and therefore is subject to a reduction.
OTHER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS
If you are not eligible for ARP Act funds or have expenses that exceed what the ARP Act can provide, emergency student funds may be available through Tri-County Technical College. Please complete this online request and a Tri-County team member will work with you to identify any available support resources.
Students who receive an ARP Act grant are encouraged to save the money to help pay for summer and fall expenses to remain on track academically. However, use of the funds is entirely at the student’s discretion. If you need assistance with budgeting, our Money Management Center is available to help. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Public Disclosure and Reporting Requirements for ARP Act
Tri-County Technical College, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement previously signed under the CARES Act, will award $7,101,764 of the funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).
Public Disclosure and Reporting Requirements for CARES Act
Tri-County Technical College has signed and returned to the Education Department the Certification and Agreement assuring that we will used at least 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Public Disclosure and Reporting Requirements for CRRSA Act
Tri-County Technical College, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Certification and Agreement previously signed under the CARES Act, will award (at a minimum) $2,123,242 of the funds received from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSA Act).
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