American Rescue Plan

American Rescue Plan

American
Rescue Plan
2021

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan, 2021 (ARP), signed into law on March 11, 2021. This fund allows Alfred State to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.

Alfred State received Student Aid Funding under section 2003(7) of the ARP. This program, with some changes, provides supplemental funds to the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. Alfred State signed and returned to the Education Department a Certification and Agreement as required under the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. We acknowledge that by drawing down the ARP funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the ARP Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these funds to provide emergency aid grants to students. The Grant Award Notice was approved on May 20, 2021.

Alfred State has received $6,198,596 from the Department of Education pursuant to the Supplemental Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the American Rescue Plan.

Alfred State has distributed the following ARP funding to students under Section 2003 (a)(1) of the American Rescue Plan.

Date Reporting Requirement Update
June 30, 2021 Quarterly
(posted 7/6/21)
Alfred State has not yet distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Sept. 30, 2021 Quarterly
(posted 10/1/21)
Alfred State has not yet distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Awarding Methodology

Alfred State is prioritizing the awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFC). For the summer 2021 term, a flat award of $500 will be given to students with an EFC from 0 to 14,615.

For the fall 2021 and spring 2022 terms, we will utilize the awarding template created by The State University of New York (SUNY) that allows for students with an EFC between 0 and 14,615 (2.5 times the max PELL 2021/22 EFC of 5,846) to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant that consists of two components: 1) a Base Grant dependent on the student's full time (FT) or part-time (PT) status plus 2) a standard supplemental amount based on the student's primary EFC. Students with an EFC of 14,616 and above will receive a flat award amount.

The Base Grant for eligible full-time students with an EFC between 0 and 14,615 is $588 and the Base Grant for eligible part-time students with an EFC between 0 and 14,615 is $294. The final grant award amounts were determined as follows.

  Student Award Chart
  Award Amount Per EFC Range and FT/PT Status
Percentage 125% 100% 75% 50% 25%  
EFC Range EFC Range 0 - 2,923 EFC Range 2,924 - 5,846 EFC Range 5,847 - 8,769 EFC Range 8,770 - 11,692 EFC Range 11,693 - 14,615 EFC Range 14,615 and above
Full-Time Student Awards $1,323.00 $1,176.00 $1,029.00 $882.00 $735.00 $275.00
Part-Time Student Awards $1,029.00 $882.00 $735.00 $588.00 $441.00 $165.00

Eligibility

In order to be eligible at the time of distribution, a student must be enrolled in credit bearing courses at census for the given term, filed a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and have a valid EFC.

HEERF III Student Aid funds may be used by students for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare. Students deemed eligible for an Emergency Grant will receive an email notification regarding their award. ARP Grand funds will be auto-refunded regardless of any outstanding account balance with the college unless a student affirmatively "opts in" to apply the funds to their outstanding balance. The funds will be distributed by paper check or sent electronically for those enrolled in E-Refund.

Repayment

Students do not need to repay a Federal ARP Emergency Grant.

Impact on Financial Aid

This funding will not have any effect on a student's current or future financial aid eligibility.

Please contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office with questions related to the ARP Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III.

Student Communication

Summer 2021

Dear Student,

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, funds have been made available through the American Rescue Plan to award emergency grants to student for expenses related to any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.

The Campus has deemed your eligible to receive an emergency grant in the amount of $500 for the summer 2021 term. This is not a loan and will not need to be paid back and will not affect your financial aid award amounts for academic year 2021-2022. Students must understand it is their responsibility to notify the Student Records and Financial Services Office immediately if they will not incur expenses that meet or exceed the amount of their emergency grant. 

Grants will be disbursed on Oct. 6, 2021 and will be received within three business days for those enrolled in E-Refund. We encourage all students to sign up for E-Refund if they haven't already done so. This is the fastest way to receive your payment.

If you do not enroll in E-Refund a check will be issued and available for pick up on Oct. 13, 2021. If you are studying on the Alfred campus, you may pick up your check in the Student Records and Financial Services Office located in the Agriculture Science Building. If you are attending the Wellsville Campus, you may pick up your check at the Zero Energy Home. You will be required to present your Student ID card (or photo ID with matching address) before receiving your check. Checks for studying online, at the Northland campus, or students no longer enrolled will be mailed. Any checks not picked up after five business days will be sent to the mailing address on file. Please verify your mailing address is correct online or contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office at sfs@alfredstate.edu to make any necessary adjustments.

Sincerely,

Julie A. Rose
Senior Director
Student Records and Financial Services

Fall 2021

Dear Student,

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, funds have been made available through the American Rescue Plan to award emergency grants to students for expenses related to any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.

The Campus has deemed you eligible to receive an emergency grant in the amount of $XXX.XX for the fall 2021 term. There is no application or paperwork for you to submit. This is not a loan and will not need to be paid back and will not affect your financial aid award amounts for academic year 2021-2022. Students must understand it is their responsibility to notify the Student Records and Financial Services Office immediately if they will not incur expenses that meet or exceed the amount of their emergency grant.

Grants will be disbursed on Oct. 27, 2021 and will be received within three business days for those enrolled in E-Refund. We encourage all students to sign up for E-Refund if they haven't already done so. This is the fastest way to receive your payment.

If you do not enroll in E-Refund a check will be issued and available for pick up on Nov. 3, 2021. If you are studying on the Alfred campus, you may pick up your check in the Student Records and Financial Services Office located in the Agriculture Science Building. If you are attending the Wellsville Campus, you may pick up your check at the Zero Energy House. You will be required to present your Student ID card (or photo ID with matching address) before receiving your check. Checks for students studying online, at the Northland campus, or students no longer enrolled will be mailed. Any checks not picked up after five business days will be sent to the mailing address on file. Please verify your mailing address is correct online or contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office at sfs@alfredstate.edu to make any necessary adjustments.

Sincerely,

Julie A. Rose
Senior Director
Student Records and Financial Services

Dear Student,

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, funds have been made available through the American Rescue Plan to award emergency grants to students for expenses related to any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.

The campus has deemed you eligible to receive an emergency grant in the amount of $XXX.XX for the fall 2021 term. There is no application or paperwork for you to submit. This is not a loan and will not need to be paid back and will not affect your financial aid award amounts for academic year 2021-2022. Students must understand it is their responsibility to notify the Student Records and Financial Services Office immediately if they will not incur expenses that meet or exceed the amount of their emergency grant.

You will receive a direct payment of your emergency grant by check or electronic transfer (if you've signed for E-Refund) unless you send an email to sfs@alfredstate.edu by 4 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2021 indicating you would like to apply all or a portion of your emergency grant to your outstanding account balance. You must identify the amount you would like to apply to your account within your email communication.

Grants will be disbursed on Oct. 27, 2021 and will be received within three business days for those enrolled in E-Refund. We encourage all students to sign up for E-Refund if they haven't already done so. This is the fastest way to receive your payment.

If you do not enroll in E-Refund a check will be issued and available for pick up on Nov. 3, 2021. If you are studying on the Alfred campus, you may pick up your check in the Student Records and Financial Services Office located in the Agriculture Science Building. If you are attending the Wellsville Campus, you may pick up your check at the Zero Energy House. You will be required to present your Student ID card (or photo ID with matching address) before receiving your check. Checks for students studying online, at the Northland campus, or students no longer enrolled will be mailed. Any checks not picked up after five business days will be sent to the mailing address on file. Please verify your mailing address is correct online or contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office at sfs@alfredstate.edu to make any necessary adjustments.

Sincerely,

Julie A. Rose
Senior Director
Student Records and Financial Services