American Rescue Plan Anniversary: March 7-11, 2022

March 11, 2022

The week of March 7th, the White House and agencies across the Federal government will celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education will celebrate funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and its impact on students and institutions across the country.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and signed by President Biden is intended to help institutions of higher education prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. ARP included $39.6 billion to institutions of higher education. It is one of the largest, single, investments ever made in institutional and student grants into many of our nation’s most under-resourced institutions educating students most acutely affected by the pandemic, including

There is growing evidence that HEERF is helping address many of the challenges exacerbated by the pandemic and has been critical to supporting institutions and students throughout the pandemic. Among a survey of college presidents, HEERF enabled 93 percent of colleges to provide emergency scholarships to students at risk of dropping out; 88 percent of colleges to purchase COVID-19 tests, conduct health screening, and meet other urgent public health needs; 81 percent of colleges to keep student prices similar to pre-pandemic levels; 80 percent of colleges to provide students with electronic devices and Internet access helping them stay enrolled and connected to faculty; and 70 percent of colleges to continue to employ faculty, staff, and other employees otherwise at risk of unemployment.  Nearly one in five (20 percent) of college leaders said their college was at risk of closing due to pandemic-related factors and HEERF enabled institutions to continue operating.

Jackson College used HEERF funds, along with State of Michigan funds, to address the challenges students faced by:

  • Providing direct emergency grants to students to pay for tuition, books, fees, food, rent and other basic needs ($10,745,807)
  • Providing online course fee scholarships to students in virtual courses ($6,120,937)
  • Providing (debt) relief to students with past due balances ($758,342)
  • Providing lap top computers and MIFI Hot Spot Devices ($716,451)

 

In addition to helping our students, Jackson College used HEERF funds to support campus operations, staffing, teaching, and educational programs/courses. Funding also provided resources to Jackson College ($3,770,696) to keep students and employees safe with extensive COVID 19 planning and mitigation strategies.