American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), and signed into law on March 11, 2021, in support of institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP funds are in addition to funds previously authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260 and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

ArtCenter has awarded $6,534,785 of institutional support providing reimbursements for tuition, and other fees received from the HEERF I CARES ACT, HEERF II CRRSAA Act, and the most recent HEERF III ARP legislation.

In addition to the $6,534,785 of institutional support grants listed above, ArtCenter has awarded over $4 million in Emergency Financial Aid Grants from HEERF I CARES ACT, HEERF II CRRSAA Act and the HEERF III ARP legislation. The final round of funding will be awarded after all Spring 2022 applications have been reviewed. The application date will be announced in early Spring 2022.

Spring ARP Grants – Announcement to follow in spring term.

How to Apply

Complete an ArtCenter ARP HEERF III (to be announced - not available yet)

Grant amounts will be determined after all applications have been received. The grant will be disbursed directly to you or applied to your ArtCenter student account depending upon your application preference.

Once the applications have been reviewed, the Financial Aid Office will notify applicants of their eligibility by email. We will make every effort to process your grant as quickly as possible after the deadline. Please allow for processing time. For more information about the HEERF III Grants visit HEERF III American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

Grant Information

All students enrolled may apply for these emergency financial aid grants that may be used for any component of the cost of attendance such as: tuition, food, housing and childcare.

Completion of a FAFSA and/or Title IV eligibility are not prerequisites for considering a student’s application for HEERF Emergency Financial Aid Grants but may assist us in determining the greatest need.

Student Eligibility

  • all students are eligible to apply including DACA, Undocumented, and International students
  • you must be enrolled for the spring 2022 semester
  • you must be enrolled in a degree program
  • you must complete the application (not available yet)

Fall ARP Grants – Application closed.

The ARP Grant application period for Fall is closed. The Financial Aid Office has sent email notifications to all applicants indicating their eligibility and disbursement method. Students received either a direct payment or the amount was applied to the ArtCenter student account based upon the application request.

It is estimated that 1,711 students enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester were eligible to participate. Application information was sent to students enrolled in the summer term by email. A total of $1,038,000 was awarded to the 835 eligible students who applied.

Summer ARP Grants – Application Closed.

The ARP Grant application period for Summer is closed. The Financial Aid Office has sent email notifications to all applicants indicating their eligibility and disbursement method. Students received either a direct payment or the amount was applied to the ArtCenter student account based upon the application request.

It is estimated that 1,325 students enrolled for the Summer 2021 semester were eligible to participate. Application information was sent to students enrolled in the summer term by email. A total of $1,022,500 was awarded to the 616 eligible students who applied.