Federal Funding: ARP Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 approved more than $36 billion in support for higher education. RIT is beginning the process of determining how to distribute the funds.

Using a formula based on both total enrollment and the share of enrolled students eligible for Pell Grants, RIT has been allocated $15.1 million to distribute in grants to students who have been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or undergraduates with extraordinary financial circumstances.

ARP student grants may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental health care) or childcare.

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf has received a separate appropriation to assist NTID and NTID-supported students under rules mirroring ARP’s.

Eligibility for ARP Funds

The American Rescue Plan requires institutions to prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or those with extraordinary financial circumstances.

Direct communications are being sent to all enrolled RIT students (students enrolled in a degree-seeking program in Fall 2021 as of November 15, 2021) with information on how to apply for ARP funds. RIT will use a combination of data elements to measure student eligibility. When available, data from the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be used to measure need.

Students may complete the ARP application to identify needs they are experiencing. Students are required to authenticate through their RIT account to complete, sign, and submit the application. Once an application is submitted, changes can no longer be made nor can students submit another response. Incomplete and/or unsubmitted applications will not be reviewed. Parents are not eligible to complete the application.

The application will remain open through January 14, 2022. The review process will begin shortly thereafter. Students will be notified in late January or early February of the status of their application, any funds they may receive, and when they may expect a disbursement.