Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III funds) created under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) are now available to PHSC students!

Students who have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and meet the federal emergency fund eligibility requirements should complete the HEERF III ARP emergency act funds request form.

What is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) student emergency fund program?

Under the federal Higher Education Emergency Fund III Appropriations Act, the ARP emergency relief grant program provides colleges and universities with emergency financial aid funds to award to students who have experienced a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. (Students who have been previously awarded CARES and/or CRRSAA  emergency funds can also be awarded ARP emergency funds if they meet ARP eligibility requirements.)

Eligible Expenses for Emergency Grant Funds

ARP grant funding includes the following COVID-19 related student emergency costs:

  • Tuition/Technology/Supply Costs
  • Housing
  • Personal Expenses
  • Child Care
  • Medical
  • Food
  • Transportation

In order to be eligible for ARP student emergency funds, students must complete the PHSC ARP request form, be enrolled in the current semester, have a valid 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, and have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship. 

PHSC ARP emergency funds will be awarded to eligible students on a first come-first serve basis.

Eligible students will receive one ARP grant payment per semester. Single grant payments will be awarded in the amount of either $4,000.00 or $2,500.00 as determined by the student’s FAFSA expected family contribution (EFC). Students who can document a financial hardship related to COVID-19 may be eligible for Professional Judgment consideration. Please contact your Financial Aid Office for more information.