ARP Funding for Students
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provides financial aid grants to current Ridgewater students (including students exclusively enrolled in online courses and international students) to help support any component of the student’s cost of attendance or to help cover any expenses due to coronavirus, such as the loss of employment, food or housing insecurity, health care (including mental health care) or child care. In making financial aid grants to students, the College is required to focus primarily on providing assistance to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or undergraduates with extraordinary financial circumstances. Students are not required to be eligible for Title IV student financial aid to receive ARP funding.
- Must be a new or returning student actively enrolled for Spring Semester 2022 in any online, hybrid, or face-to-face credit.
- Have a high school diploma or GED certificate;
- Must NOT BE one of the following:
– Enrolled as Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
– Enrolled via Concurrent Enrollment/College in the Schools
– Receiving senior citizen tuition rates
– An employer-paid student
– Non-credit student
– Currently incarcerated
*Additional criteria may apply under the types of ARP grants available.
TWO TYPES OF ARP GRANTS FOR STUDENTS:
(1) Pandemic Relief Grants – no action required
Pandemic Relief Grants were distributed automatically to eligible students based on financial need information from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on February 2, 2022. No application was required. A student must have been Pell eligible or have an EFC (estimated family contribution) of $5,846-$20,000 to have qualified for Pandemic Relief Grants. Pandemic Relief Grant amounts ranged from $600-$1200 per student. Students who were qualified to receive Pandemic Relief Grants received an email from the Financial Aid office with more specific information on their grant. To check the status of automatic ARP grants, students can log in to eServices click on Financial Aid, and view Awards.
(2) Emergency/Financial Assistance Grants – application required
The second type of grant available under ARP was the ARP Emergency grants. The application for the ARP Emergency grants closed at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 2/23/22. Students had to submit an application for these grants and meet eligibility requirements. Individual awards for students would be as high as $1,000, depending on the number of applications submitted. Students had to explain how they have been negatively impacted by COVID as it relates to their personal financial situation.
- Wednesday, February 9, 2022 – ARP Emergency Grant application opens
- Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – ARP Emergency Grant application closes at 11:59pm and review period begins
- Wednesday, March 9, 2022 – ARP Emergency Grant applicants are notified of their application status (awarded/denied) by 4:30pm
If you do not qualify for this federal grant and are in need of assistance, please check our Student Resources page for additional options and contact information.
ARP Funds Disbursed
Updated Feb. 8, 2022
|Awards||Fall Students||Fall Amount||Spring Students||Spring Amount|
|ARP Emerg Grant||419||$419,104|
Frequently Asked Questions about ARP Student Funding
- I'm not eligible for ARP funding but still need assistance. Are there other options?
Please explore our Ridgewater College Student Emergency Resources and/or schedule a time with one of our Ridgewater counselors.
- What methods were used to determine the distribution plan for ARP funds?
Ridgewater College followed the eligibility criteria established by ARP and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and consulted with students, faculty and staff in developing a process and distribution plan for the student funds. In making financial aid grants to students, the College was required to focus primarily on providing assistance to students with exceptional need. The distribution plan developed considered Pell Grant eligibility, EFC calculations, and information learned from distributing funds through the CARES Act in 2020 and CRRSAA in Spring 2021. For reference, you can view our Minnesota State approved plan.
- Are ARP funds taxable for recipients?
No. Emergency financial aid grants under ARP for cost of attendance, unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to COVID-19 are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not included in your gross income, and therefore you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant including the tuition and fees deduction, the American Opportunity Credit, or the Lifetime Learning Credit. See section 139(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Can I donate my ARP Pandemic Relief automatic award to someone else in need if I don't need it?
Yes. You can donate your Pandemic Relief Grant funds to the Ridgewater Foundation after you have received them and we will work to distribute them to a student in need. Contact Ashley Gabbert at 320-222-6098 or via email at [email protected] to learn more. You can also learn more about making a gift to the Ridgewater Foundation here: ridgewater.edu/ways-to-give/
- Who can I contact with questions on ARP funding for students?