American Rescue Plan Act of 2021




The application for fall 2021 arp funding has now closed.


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), much like CRRSAA, provides the opportunity for students with exceptional need to directly receive funds through emergency grants to cover any component of their cost of attendance1, or for costs that have arisen due to coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. 

As an alternative, students can, on their application for these funds, elect to voluntarily provide consent to the university to apply the student's ARPA grant funds directly to their student account at Arkansas Tech University as opposed to the student receiving the funds directly. Please note - this consent is NOT a requirement for an eligible student to receive funds and it will not affect the student's application in any way. Students may decline to have this money pay their debt owed to Arkansas Tech University and it will not affect the student’s application for this grant. The student may still receive funds from the American Rescue Plan.

Students enrolled anytime from March 13, 2020 to now are eligible to apply, and do not have to be eligible for Title IV aid, but must be able to show exceptional need. American citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students are eligible for funding.

Consistent with the requirement that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, the application will open to Pell eligible undergraduate students with exceptional need on August 13, 2021. To ensure priority consideration for funding, these students should complete the application by the priority deadline date of September 15, 2021.

Undergraduate students who are not Pell eligible and graduate students may apply beginning September 16, 2021The deadline for all students to submit applications is 5:00 p.m., November 15, 2021.  Funds will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. 

Once the priority deadline has passed, all other students who are not eligible for Pell Grants may apply. Applications will be processed in the order they are received and grants may continue to be awarded if funds remain.

We also recognize that the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) information may not always accurately portray your current financial situation. If your financial situation has changed due to circumstances beyond your control, you may request a special consideration review of your financial aid eligibility based on those circumstances.

To apply for the fall 2021 round of funding, either:

Click below, 




If awarded, the funds will be processed through Tech's refund process. Processing time may take up to two weeks. If you are signed up for direct deposit, your grant will be deposited directly into your account. If you are not signed up for direct deposit, your grant will be sent to the mailing address on the system.  You can sign up for direct deposit at least two days prior to award. Once you receive these funds, they are to be used for components of your cost of attendance or for emergency costs that have arisen due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health), or childcare.

If you voluntarily consented to have your grant pay your Arkansas Tech bill, it will be processed and credited to your student account.

Application for the ARPA grant is not a guarantee of funding.

To sign up for direct deposit, a student should: 

The funding each school receives is limited, so the grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is depleted.

The final deadline to apply for ARPA funding at Arkansas Tech University will be 5:00 pm November 15, 2021 unless funds deplete prior to this time. If we receive any additional funds in the future, we will send out notification. 



This information will be updated quarterly. 

Total Federal Award: $11,702,936
Amount of funds disbursed:  $5,364,000
Number of students receiving awards: 2,553
Number of students potentially eligible: 16,113
Disbursement information for quarter ending  September 30, 2021.
combined HEERF i, ii, & III GRANT QUARTERLY reports

Combined CRRSAA HEERF I, II, & III June 30, 2021 Quarterly Report

Combined CRRSAA HEERF I, II & III September 30, 2021 Quarterly Report

[1] For information on cost of attendance, please see: