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.

As a result of this legislation, ArtCenter has been allocated $3,065,694 for institutional support and $3,065,695 to be distributed as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to eligible students.

ArtCenter intends to provide no less than $3,065,695 to support student grants. This funding is made available by the U.S. Department of Education, and designed to prioritize assistance to students with the greatest demonstrated financial need.

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.

Summer ARP Grants

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.

Student Eligibility

  • all students are eligible to apply including DACA, Undocumented, and International students
  • you must be enrolled for the summer 2021 semester
  • you must be enrolled in a degree program
  • you must complete the application below and submit by August 13, 2021

Fall ARP Grants

Fall ARP Grant dates will be announced during the fall term.