ARP Grants

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN (ARP) ACT GRANTS

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act passed by Congress and signed by the President on March 11, 2021 included $17M for the colleges of the Maine Community College System to provide emergency financial aid grants to their students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

ARP Act emergency funds may be used for any component of students cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition and fees, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health) and child-care expenses.

The ARP Act requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. This will be completed through a common application process at each institution.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act (also referred to as: HEERF/CRRSAA/Cares Act ) Frequently Asked Questions:

How are CRRSAA grant recipients selected?

KVCC students who are enrolled in the current semester and have financial concerns are encouraged to complete an ARP Grant application.

Applications will be prioritized based on “exceptional need.” Exceptional need will be determined as a student receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the semester of the ARP Grant application.

A FAFSA on file is the only practicable way for an institution to determine the student’s need.

In cases where a FAFSA is not available, the information available on the application will be used to determine and document need. Need factors that may be considered include:

  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during 2021-2022 academic year,
  • Being a dependent student whose guardian experienced a significant income change due to a layoff, business closure, or who has experienced a reduction in work hours due to the coronavirus.
  • Being an independent student who had a significant income change due to a layoff, business closure, or who has experienced a reduction in work hours due to the coronavirus.
  • Being a student with an overdue student account balance that was generated after March 13. 2020.
I am an international student, do I qualify?

Students who are refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students qualify for ARP (HEERF III) student grants.

How do I apply?

To apply, KVCC students must sign into the myKVCC Student Portal and complete The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Grant application located under the “Finances” tab.

When will grant applications be reviewed?

KVCC will begin accepting CRRSAA/ARP/HEERF grant applications for the fall 2021 semester on August 15, 2021. Fall applications will begin to be processed on September 15, 2021, when we will return to our bi-weekly grant application review process. Applications for students enrolled exclusively in fall 2021 late/flex-start courses will begin to be processed on October 6, 2021. The application is located in your myKVCC portal, under the Finances tab.

How Often are applications reviewed?

Applications will be reviewed bi-weekly.

How will I receive funds, if I am awarded an ARP grant?

Funds will be disbursed based on the applicant’s responses to the student account balance questions on the student’s application.

Option 1: A refund check will be issued to the student and postal mailed to the student’s address on file.

Option 2: The grant will be applied to the student’s outstanding KVCC account balance

Option 3: A portion of the grant will be applied to the student’s outstanding KVCC account balance and the remainder of the grant will be issued to the student and postal mailed to the student.

Application Example:

If you have a balance due to the College, do you wish to have ARP Act funds applied to your balance due?

  • You must respond “yes” to have any portion of your ARP Act Grant award applied to your student account. If you respond “no” grant funds awarded will be mailed to you.

Would you like this balance to be paid to your student account in full?

  • You must respond “yes” to have your full ARP Act Grant award applied to your student account.

Please indicate how much ARP Act Grant award funds to apply to your student account balance. Example, if you are awarded $1,000 in ARP Act Grant funds and you want $600 of it to be applied to your student account you must enter $600.

  • This amount may differ from your actual ARP Act Grant award, we will process your application accordingly, up to the total amount of your actual grant award.

Important Notes:

  • Institutions may not use ARP Act Grant funds to satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance unless the college has obtained the student’s written or electronic consent (via the grant application).
  • If you have consented to applying any portion of the grant to your student account but do not currently have a balance due, your ARP Act Grant award will be mailed to you in its entirety.
  • If you indicated that you would like for your grant to be issued as a refund check, please note that refund checks will typically be mailed on the Friday following the grant approval date. Refund checks may not be picked up.
What is the maximum amount I may receive?

Qualified student applicants demonstrating “exceptional need” through Federal Pell Grant eligibility at the time of the application will be granted up to $3,000.

Qualified student applicants determined to be eligible without demonstrating “exceptional need” through Federal Pell Grant eligibility at the time of the application will be granted up to $1,500.

May I apply more than once?
  • Students may only apply for an ARP/CRRSA Act Grant once per semester.
  • Funds will be awarded on an as-available basis, funds are not guaranteed to be available in a future semester.
  • Students submitting a second application in a subsequent semester may be awarded less than what they were granted at the time of their initial approved ARP/CRRSA Act Grant application. For example, if you are awarded a $1,000 grant in the Fall 2021 semester and experience another financial hardship during the Spring 2022 semester, your spring semester award may be less than $1,000 and will be based on the remaining funds available.
Will I need to pay back APR act grant funds?

No, APR Act Grant funds are considered a federal student aid grant which will not need to be paid back.

However, as of  January 19, 2021, the IRS notice does not waive 1098-T reporting requirement for payments received for QTRE (qualified tuition and related expenses) from CRRSAA grants. CRRSAA grant awards may be reported on your 2021 1098-T for tax filing purposes.

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