ARP Emergency/Financial Assistance Grants
The ARP Emergency/Financial Assistance Grants are available by application to eligible Ridgewater College students enrolled during Fall Semester 2021. These grants are intended to provide financial assistance toward any component of the student’s cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, books, etc.) 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. These are one-time awards of up to $1,000 per student.
Students enrolled at Ridgewater College for Fall Semester 2021 may be eligible for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) grants if they meet the following criteria:
- Must be a new or returning student actively enrolled for Fall 2021 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
How to Apply
- The application will be available on this page beginning Thursday, October 21, 2021 and remain open until Thursday, November 4th.
- The application is easy to complete and requires a login with a student’s [email protected] and starID password.
- Don’t know your StarID or Password? Visit starid.minnstate.edu for assistance.
- Students must explain how they’ve been impacted financially by COVID-19 on the application to be considered, including the amount of the financial hardship.
- Applications without sufficient detail regarding financial impact will not be considered.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who should apply for the ARP Emergency/Financial Assistance grants?
Students should consider applying for this grant if:
- In the past six months, the student or student’s household experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 which has reduced the student’s ability to pay college-related costs such as tuition, fees, books, etc.
- In the past six months, the student or student’s household experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 which has made it difficult to meet basic needs such as food, housing, healthcare or childcare; and/or
- In the past six months, the student’s household incurred additional and/or unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Can students apply for the ARP Emergency/Financial Assistance grants if they received other CARES Act, CRRSAA and/or Pandemic Relief grants?
Yes, if they meet the ARP eligibility requirements listed above. See the main ARP student aid page for more information.
- How and when will students be notified of their application status?
The application will close on November 4, 2021. Students will be notified of their award status via email no later than November 17, 2021. If awarded, the ARP Emergency/Financial Assistance Grant will be disbursed as requested on the student’s application, to the student’s existing college account balance or to the student directly via check or direct deposit.
- How will awards be disbursed?
Students who have set up direct deposit will receive the funds electronically; students who do not have direct deposit set up will receive checks in the mail at the student’s permanent address on file. Students are encouraged to sign up for Direct Deposit in E-services, under the Financial Aid tab.
- Who should I contact with questions on the ARP Emergency/Financial Assistance Grant?
If you have questions regarding the ARP Emergency/Financial Assistance Grant application please reach out to [email protected].