Written by Raven Symes
FRCC student Parker Koppes said he discovered $1,000. He didn’t expect it to be deposited from his student aid. He didn’t know where it came from, but upon further investigation he found out it was from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The money “went toward covering bills,” he explained.
Koppes said the incoming cash “lessened the economic impact of COVID 19.”
ARPA provides relief to individuals still experiencing the impact of COVID-19.
The college plans to use the $8 million grant to supply students with $250 to $1000 a piece, and apply $3 million to forgiving student debt.
One student received the assistance in the spring, Ellie, said she believes the premise is great and found it beneficial.
Another scholar Leah Rolfs said, “COVID put a lot of people at a disadvantage.” She mentioned she had no knowledge of any grants, but was pleased others will be aided while attending college.
Those first to take advantage of the incoming cash have lower incomes, said Aaron Van Berg, FRCC financial aid advisor. The students who receive FAFSA will be entitled from $1,000 and $250. Those in greater need have collected the $500 to $1000. The $250 will be given to the remaining student body, except high school attendees.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund has been accepted by students since Spring of 2020. The pupils interested in HEERF should fill out an application as soon as they can.