ADMISSIONS

  • ARP HEERF III

    Posted: October 6, 2021

    Worcester State University was allocated funding as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). This funding was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, and signed into law on March 11, 2021.

    This act requires that $6,660,064 is disbursed to students to cover emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or child care. Additionally, this act requires prioritization of students who demonstrate the greatest financial need. Worcester State University distributed approximately 50% of the student portion of the ARP HEERF III funds during the Fall, 2021 semester. The remaining 50% of the student portion of the ARP HEERF III funds will be distributed during the Spring, 2022 semester.

    Fall 2021 Disbursement

    Approximately 99% ARP HEERF III funds were automatically distributed as direct payments to eligible undergraduate, graduate and non-degree seeking students based on a combination of the number of credit hours a student is registered for in the Fall, 2021 semester and a student’s latest Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as of 10/07/2021. The EFC is an index number that is calculated based on the information students provide on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.

    Approximately 1% was reserved for supplemental emergency payments for students with additional critical financial needs as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Eligible students with additional financial need must apply for Supplemental Funds. Please refer to ARP HEERF III Supplemental Funds (below) for additional information.

    Utilizing these criteria allowed Worcester State University to support its students with the highest financial need.

    Spring 2022 Disbursement

    ARP HEERF III funds will be automatically distributed as direct payments to eligible undergraduate, graduate and non-degree seeking students based on a combination of the number of credit hours a student is registered for in the Spring, 2022 semester and a student’s latest Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is an index number that is calculated based on the information students provide on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.

    Additionally, a portion will be reserved for supplemental emergency payments for students with additional critical financial needs as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Eligible students with additional financial need must apply for Supplemental Funds. See ARP HEERF III Supplemental Funds (below) for additional information.

    Utilizing these criteria allows Worcester State University to support its students with the highest financial need.

    ARP HEERF III Direct Payments

    Distribution of student payments followed a tiered process:

    Tier Credit Hours Distribution
    Tier 1 12+ credit hours $600.00
    Tier 2 6 up to 11.99 credit hours $300.00
    Tier 3 0.1 up to 5.99 credit hours $150.00

    Awarded students received an increased ARP HEERF III direct payment (bonus), if the students have an EFC between $0.00 and $5,711.99 as follows:

    Tier Financial Aid EFC Distribution Bonus
    Bonus 1 EFC = $0-$2000 $600.00
    Bonus 2 EFC = $2000.01-$4000.00 $300.00
    Bonus 3 EFC = $4000.01-$5711.99 $150.00
    No Bonus EFC of $5712+ or no EFC $0.00

    Eligible students receive payments through direct deposit. Students not yet enrolled in direct deposit should log in to WebAdvisor and follow the direct deposit instructions under the Financial Information header. Students who are not able to enroll in direct deposit, received a paper check at the student’s last known address.

    Eligibility

    Undergraduate, graduate and non-degree seeking students are eligible to receive ARP HEERF III funds for the Fall, 2021 and Spring, 2022 semesters. As noted above, payments amounts are determined by combination of the students’ credit hours and their EFC. Dual enrollment students, and students with a vaccine documentation hold (as of 10/07/2021) are not eligible for ARP funds.

    Fall 2021 ARP HEERF III Supplemental Funds

    For the Fall, 2021 semester, approximately 1% of ARP HEERF III funds were reserved for supplemental emergency payments for students with additional critical financial needs as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Fall 2021 ARP HEERF III Supplemental Funds were exhausted in late October 2021.

    Spring 2022 ARP HEERF III Supplemental Funds

    In the Spring 2022 semester, eligible students with additional financial need may apply for Supplemental Funds. Any supplemental funding approved will be in addition to the direct payments noted above. Utilizing these criteria for supplemental payments allows Worcester State University additional flexibility to support its students with the highest need. The number of students who receive supplemental payments will be subject to the availability of funds. The maximum ARP HEERF III Supplemental Fund award is $500.00 and students may receive no more than one ARP HEERF III Supplemental Fund award per semester.

    To be considered for these funds, students must apply for ARP HEERF III Supplemental Funds to document that they have incurred an expense as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic and meet other eligibility criteria. Current expenses could relate to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses, among others. Supplemental Fund applications will begin being considered in March 2022. Awards will be made until the funds are exhausted.

    For students enrolled in Fall, 2021 students must meet eligibility criteria including:

    For students enrolled in Spring 2022 or Summer 2022, students must meet eligibility criteria including:

    • Undergraduate or graduate student in Spring 2022 or Summer 2022
    • Enrolled in any number of credits in Spring 2022 or Summer 2022
    • Not a dual enrollment student
    • No vaccine documentation hold
    • Not an employee of Worcester State University
    • Submit an approved ARP HEERF III Supplemental Fund Application at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?WorcesterStateUniv&layout_id=10
  • ARP HEERF III Funding and Distribution Report: Student Financial Aid

    Worcester State University
    ARP/HEERFIII Quarterly Report (Student Financial Aid)
    Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
    Award #: P425E203852
    Award Amount: $6,660,064.00
    Report Date: 9/30/21

    Request #1:

    An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

    Response #1:

    Worcester State University agrees to the conditions outlined within the Certification and Agreement, including using no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. Please note, CRRSAA and ARP did not require institutions to sign/return the Certification and Agreement, and this was signed/returned during the CARES Act.

    Request #2:

    The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    Response #2:

    Worcester State University has received $6,660,064.00 from the department.

    Request #3:

    The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter).

    Response #3:

    As of 9/30/2021, no Emergency Financial Aid Grants were distributed to students. Payments will be issued beginning Q4, 2021.

    Request #4:

    The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    Response #4:

    Preliminary calculations indicate that approximately 5,000 – 5,400 students will be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under ARP. Final calculations will be completed in Q4, 2021.

    Request #5:

    The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    Response #5:

    As of 9/30/2021, no Emergency Financial Aid Grants were distributed to students. Payments will be issued beginning Q4, 2021.

    Request #6:

    The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

    Response #6:

    The distribution methodology is posted on the Worcester State University website (https://www.worcester.edu/HEERF-III/) and grant amounts will be finalized in Q4, 2021.

    Request #7:

    Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

    Response: #7:

    Instructions, directions or guidance will be distributed upon disbursement in Q4, 2021.

    ARP HEERF III Funding and Distribution Report: Institutional Portion

    No ARP funds have been expended as of 9/30/21