The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund HEERF III American Recue Plan Act of 2021

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT REPORT

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Pub. L. 117-2). The ARP appropriated approximately $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for HEERF to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN/HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS III?

The HEERF III Funds are intended to provide emergency financial support to students with exceptional need.

ELIGIBILTY METHODOLOGY

For the initial awarding of HEERF III funding, Empire Beauty School determined eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • FAFSA on file with a zero EFC
  • In attendance at Empire Beauty School at any time between March 13, 2020 and September 13, 2021

To prioritize students with the most exceptional need-based, Empire Beauty School will identify students who meet the eligibility criteria, as calculated through the 2019-2020, 2020-21, or 2021-22 FAFSA process. Students will need to acknowledge the funding will be used for emergency costs that arose due to Coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care, and childcare by completing the CRRSAA:

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HEERF III) Request Form

INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDANCE PROVIDED TO STUDENTS

Empire Beauty School sent an email to students instructing them to go to empire.edu/heerf3 for instructions on how to access the HEERF III Funds.

QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Any additional questions or assistance, please email empirecares@empire.edu.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Q: What is the HEERF III Emergency Fund?

A: The student emergency financial aid grant is provided to the student, and may be used by the student 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 child care.

Q: How much will the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) award be for?

Depending upon the campus you attend and if you have a 0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your processed FAFSA, you can receive anywhere between $400.00 to $500.00.

Q: Am I eligible to receive an Emergency grant?

A: You must have a FAFSA on file with a zero EFC.
If you have not completed a FAFSA, you still may complete one in order to see if you are eligible.
If you do not have a zero EFC and your income was drastically reduced email empirecares@empire.edu for guidance on how to apply for a Professional Judgment.

Q: Do I have to be PELL Grant eligible to be qualify for HEERF III?

A: No. You can be eligible for the HEERF II Emergency Fund even if you are not PELL Grant eligible however you must have a zero EFC.

Q: How do I apply for these funds?

A: Link to apply for the HEERF III Funds:

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HEERF III) Request Form

Q: When will these funds be available?

A: After completing the request form, you will receive an email within a couple business days informing you if you were approved and the amount you will receive.

Q: Are the funds taxable income?

A: No, according to the IRS website, this is not included in your gross 2021 income.

Q: Are there fees associated with the funds?

A: There is not a fee for receiving the funds, however there may be a fee imposed by your bank or retailer when cashing the check.

Q: Do I have to pay these funds back later?

A: No, these funds do not need to be repaid.

Q: Can this be applied towards my balance at Empire Beauty School?

A: Yes, if you want the funds applied to your balance owed to Empire Beauty School email empirecares@empire.edu.

Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

A: You may email empirecares@empire.edu with additional questions.