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ARP (HEERF III) Student Portion and Institutional Portion Emergency Fund Report

View the full ARP (HEERF III) Student Portion and Institutional Portion Emergency Aid Fund Report Here.

Status – Student Portion

On 7/6/2021, JMU began the process of awarding HEERF III funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).

Overview – Student Portion

JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds. Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

Who Will Receive Funds? – Student Portion

Summer 2021 - A block grant of $2,000 will be awarded to all students enrolled on an at least a half-time basis of courses during the Summer 2021 term, and who received a Federal Pell Grant during that term.  No appeal options will be available for students enrolled in this term.  Pell Grant recipients in Summer 2021 defined as exceptionally needed.

 

Fall 2021 - JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds.  With that said, a FAFSA will not be required.  Block grants may be awarded to certain groups of students who filed a FAFSA, but there will also be an appeal option for students who did not file a FAFSA.  Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

Timeframe and Process for Awarding – Student Portion

See “Who Will Receive Funds? – Student Portion” section of this website

ARP HEERF III Emergency Aid FAQ’s – Student Portion

  What is HEERF III Emergency Aid?

As a result of Congress passing the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), JMU has been allocated $15,914,548 in emergency student aid.  This aid will be awarded as HEERF III Grants.

 Who is eligible for funds?

Summer 2021 - A block grant of $2,000 will be awarded to all students enrolled on an at least a half-time basis of courses during the Summer 2021 term, and who received a Federal Pell Grant during that term.  No appeal options will be available for students enrolled in this term.  Pell Grant recipients in Summer 2021 defined as exceptionally needed.

 

Fall 2021 - JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds.  With that said, a FAFSA will not be required.  Block grants may be awarded to certain groups of students who filed a FAFSA, but there will also be an appeal option for students who did not file a FAFSA.  Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

  Do I need to complete a FAFSA to receive a HEERF III Grant?

Summer 2021 – Yes, as grants will only be awarded during this term to students who are enrolled at least half-time and receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

 

Fall 2021 - JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds.  With that said, a FAFSA will not be required.  Block grants may be awarded to certain groups of students who filed a FAFSA, but there will also be an appeal option for students who did not file a FAFSA.  Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

  What are the types of expenses covered by a HEERF III Grant?

Grants can be used to pay 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.

 

  I have not incurred expenses due to COVID-19, but have experienced a reduction income in my household due to the virus. Can my current financial aid package be reviewed based on this reduction income?

JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds.  Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

  Am I guaranteed to receive a HEERF III Grant if I submit an individual appeal or file a FAFSA late?

Summer 2021 - A block grant of $2,000 will be awarded to all students enrolled on an at least a half-time basis of courses during the Summer 2021 term, and who received a Federal Pell Grant during that term.  No appeal options will be available for students enrolled in this term.  Pell Grant recipients in Summer 2021 defined as exceptionally needed.

 

Fall 2021 - JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds.  Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

  I already received a HEERF III award, but I have additional expenses. Can I submit an appeal to receive more funding?

JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds.  Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

  How long before I receive funds after I am awarded?

While we cannot give you a specific timeframe on when you will receive your funds, we can say that the refund to you will be generated as quickly as possible.

  How will I receive funds?

Students will receive their award through the refund process established in the University Business Office. If you have questions about setting up the refund process, please review the website at www.jmu.edu/ubo.  These funds will not be held and applied to any JMU charges. Once received, students may use the funds to assist with the designated expenses, including using them to make a payment to JMU for tuition charges.  These are grant awards, with no expectation of being repaid. 

  I have an outstanding tuition/housing balance; can these funds be applied to that balance?

No, the funds will be refunded directly to you. JMU will not apply these funds to any outstanding charges. Once received, students may use the funds to assist with the designated expenses, including using them to make a payment towards their JMU charges.

  Are students enrolled in a certificate program eligible for a HEERF III Grant?

JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds.  Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

  Will a HEERF III Grant affect other aid that I have already received?

No, HEERF III Grant awards will not reduce your financial aid package.

 Can Undocumented Students and International Students Receive a HEERF III Grant?

JMU has not finalized the policy for awarding these funds.  Once the policy has been established, it will be posted to this website. An e-mail communication will also be sent to the JMU student body.

 Is money I receive from ARP in the form of a HEERF III Grant taxable?

It is our understanding based on information from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that HEERF III Grants awarded to students under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) are not treated as taxable income. The same is true for HEERF I and HEERF II funds awarded under the CARES and CRRSSA acts.

 

According to the IRS website, "Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income."

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