ARPA 2021

The student portion of ARPA has been expended.  Applications are no longer being received.

Kutztown University was awarded federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARPA).  While these funds were similar to the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security, 2020 funds (CARES), and Corona Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) they were indeed a different fund. These funds were for higher education institutions to promote and ensure learning continues during the pandemic.

These funds are now depleted and the program is closed.

ARPA funds were able to be used to pay for:

  • Tuition and Fee bills at KU
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course Materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare expenses
  • Other Expenses (Expenses that do not fit any of the above)
  • Some expenses are not eligible - such as car insurance, car payments, home remodeling, credit card bills, rent for family members, food for family members, and other.

Am I eligible?

Student applications are now CLOSED and student funds disbursed in full.

You may be eligible for ARPA funding if you are enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester, have filed a FAFSA, completed verification if requested, and are meeting all eligibility necessary to receive federal funding as stated in Section 484 of the Higher Education Act.  If a student does not have a FAFSA on file, but is eligible to file one, supporting documentation may be necessary for a request to determine need.  If a student is not eligible to file a FAFSA, supporting documentation may be necessary for a request to determine need.  Funds must be prioritized to our neediest students with the purpose of promoting and continuing education during the pandemic as part of the requirement for the fund reporting.

Eligible Students include:  DACA, undocumented students, International, dual credit, non-U.S.-citizen students, visiting and transient students.

Will I automatically receive money if I am eligible?

A final release of funds has occurred the week of April 4th to our most needy students.  This has depleted the funds KU has received to release to and assist students.

What do I do if I have an emergent need and these funds are gone?

Students who have a financial emergency can always apply for emergency funding.  These funds are extremely limited and may not be used for tuition balances.  Students must show that they are facing an immediate emergency to be approved and are typically limited to one emergency award for their college career.  More information about eligible expenses can be found on the KU Care Team Emergency Funding Request form.  Students who have questions about emergency funding can schedule a meeting to talk with a KU Care Team representative using this link:  Schedule a Meeting.

I noticed that this emergency funding now allows for funding to pay towards my bill on MyKU, how does this happen?

Student applications are now CLOSED and student funds disbursed in full.

Can I request this funding instead of using my Stafford loans?

Student applications are now CLOSED and student funds disbursed in full.

PRIOR answer: This is a tricky question.  Emergency funding awards are to help bridge a gap between the typical aid you use and the costs.  This is not to replace your financial aid.  The committee will review your account with every request and ensure you have utilized all aid options available to you before awarding emergency funding.  You may be encouraged to work with financial aid services on additional resources available to you.

Frequently Asked Questions - the program is closed.

Reports (if applicable):

6/08/2021 - Report #1

6/29/2021 - Report #2

9/30/2021 - Report #3 - combined

12/31/2021 - Report #4 - combined

3/31/2022 - Report #5 - combined

Institutional Report - 6/30/2021

Institutional Report - 9/30/2021 - 00332200_HEERF_Q32021_101021

Institutional Report - 12/31/2021 - 00332200_HEERF_Q42021_011022

Institutional Report - 3/31/2022 - 00332200_HEERF_Q12022_041022

Quarterly Report for all HEERF Funding – 6/30/2022 - 00332200_HEERF_Q22022_071022

Quarterly Report for all HEERF Funding – 9/30/2022 - 00332200_HEERF_Q32022_101022