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CARES ACT Reporting

HEERF I – CARES ACT FUNDING (MAR 2020)

In acknowledgement of Arkansas State University signing and returning its CARES Act funding on April 14, 2020, Arkansas State assures the following compliance under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. Arkansas State received $4,629,079.00 to provide to its students, and was distributed in the following methods.

On Monday, May 11, 2020, a total of $3,994,542.00 of CARES Act funds were provided to 5,879 students. Of this total, 3,405 students received direct deposits totaling $2,446,183.00, and 2,474 students were issued checks totaling $1,548,359.00. This is within 30 days of the initial submission. As additional students were identified to participate after the first distributions, funds were issued to these students on May 14th ($21,186), May 22nd ($1,850) and May 29th ($925). The balance remaining balance of $611,501 was distributed to all participating students on June 17.

The total number of students initially identified as eligible to participate in programs under §484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under §18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was 5,879. Arkansas State University used the following method to determine eligibility and amounts provided. Students who were enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester, who have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file, and who meet all Title IV requirements for Federal Student Aid are eligible for CARES Act grants, were eligible. The university also communicated twice with all students to encourage any potential students who had not completed the required forms to complete FAFSA prior to the May 11 distribution.

The distribution rubric assigned 75% of the funding to the 3,240 Pell Grant-eligible students at A-State ($925 per student) and 25% of the funding to the 2,639 non-Pell-eligible students ($378 per student).

The final planned distribution of $629,079.00 was completed on May 14, 2020 and June 17, 2020. The distribution was for additional students identified after the initial distribution using the same method of qualification and amounts. Any remaining balance was then distributed to all students who qualified in the same proportion as what they originally received.

Instructions to students were provided via email from the Chancellor’s Office on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and on Friday, May 8, 2020. These messages were also archived on the university’s Coronavirus Communications on the main website at AState.edu/safety/novel-coronavirus/campus-communications/.

Final distribution of the remaining CARES Act funds was completed to qualified students by June 17. This was communicated to students via email on June 15.

HEERF II – CRRSA ACT FUNDING (DEC 2020)

In acknowledgement of Arkansas State University received an amendment to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund on January 17, 2021, Arkansas State assures the following compliance under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. Arkansas State received $4,629,079.00 to provide to its students, and was distributed in the following methods.

On Friday, March 19, 2021, a total of $4,591,400.00 of CRRSA Act funds were provided to 12,202 students.

The total number of students initially identified as eligible to participate in programs under §484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under §18004(a)(1) of the CRRSA Act was 12,202. Arkansas State University used the following method to determine eligibility and amounts provided. Students who were enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester, who are PELL eligible, and who meet all Title IV requirements for Federal Student Aid are eligible for CRRSAA grants.

The distribution rubric below outlines the amount of funds each eligible student received:

Undergraduates
Full-time, Pell Grant eligible $700.00
Full-time, not Pell Grant eligible $500.00
Part-time, Pell Grant eligible $450.00
Part-time, not Pell Grant eligible $350.00
Enrolled in A-State Online program $200.00

Graduate Students
Enrolled in on-campus program $400.00
Enrolled in A-State Online program $200.00

Information to students was provided via email from the Chancellor’s Office on Thursday, March 18, 2021. This message is also archived on the university’s Coronavirus Communications on the main website at AState.edu/safety/novel-coronavirus/campus-communications/.

A third round of assistance will begin during the summer of 2021.

HEERF III – ARP ACT FUNDING (mar 2021)

In acknowledgement of Arkansas State University receiving an amendment to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund on May 12, 2021, Arkansas State University assures the following compliance under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. Arkansas State University received $13,742,404.00 to provide to its students.

On Thursday, August 5th, 2021, a total of $5,496,961.00 of ARP Act funds were provided to 12,658 students. 

The total number of students initially identified as eligible to participate in programs under §484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under §18004(a)(1) of the ARP Act was 12,658. Arkansas State University used the following method to determine eligibility and amounts provided. All students who were enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester are eligible for ARPA grants.

The distribution rubric below outlines the amount of funds each eligible student received:

Spring 2021 Degree-Seeking Undergraduates
Full-time, Pell Grant eligible $632.00
Full-time, not Pell Grant eligible (incl. DACA) $431.00
Part-time, Pell Grant eligible $504.00
Part-time, not Pell Grant eligible (incl. DACA) $405.00
International $200.00

Spring 2021 Graduate Degree-Seeking Students
On-Campus or A-State Online $405.00
International $200.00


Information to students was provided via email from the Chancellor’s Office on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021; Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021; and Monday, August 2nd, 2021. These messages are also archived on the University’s Coronavirus Communications webpage on the main website at AState.edu/safety/novel-coronavirus/campus-communications/.



Starting on Thursday, November 8th, 2021, a total of $4,122,722.00 of ARP Act funds were provided to students.

The total number of students initially identified as eligible to participate in programs under §484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under §18004(a)(1) of the ARP Act was 13,191. Arkansas State University used the following method to determine eligibility and amounts provided. All students who were enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester are eligible for ARPA grants.

The distribution rubric below outlines the amount of funds each eligible student received:

Fall 2021 Degree-Seeking Undergraduates
Full-time, Pell Grant eligible $534.00
Full-time, not Pell Grant eligible (incl. DACA) $325.00
Part-time, Pell Grant eligible $501.00
Part-time, not Pell Grant eligible (incl. DACA) $300.00
International $150.00
DACA $200.00

Fall 2021 Graduate Degree-Seeking Students
On-Campus or A-State Online $250.00
International $150.00
DACA $200.00

Information to students was provided via email from the Chancellor’s Office on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 and Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021. These messages are also archived on the University’s Coronavirus Communications webpage on the main website at AState.edu/safety/novel-coronavirus/campus-communications/.



Starting on Thursday, March 17th, 2022, a total of $4,122,721.00 of ARP Act funds were provided to students.

The total number of students initially identified as eligible to participate in programs under §484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under §18004(a)(1) of the ARP Act was 12,812. Arkansas State University used the following method to determine eligibility and amounts provided. All students who were enrolled in the Spring 2022 semester are eligible for ARPA grants.

The distribution rubric below outlines the amount of funds each eligible student received:

Spring 2022 Degree-Seeking Undergraduates
Full-time, Pell Grant eligible $555.00
Full-time, not Pell Grant eligible (incl. DACA) $350.00
Part-time, Pell Grant eligible $531.00
Part-time, not Pell Grant eligible (incl. DACA) $325.00
International $175.00
DACA $200.00

Spring 2022 Graduate Degree-Seeking Students
On-Campus or A-State Online $275.00
International $175.00
DACA $200.00

Information to students was provided via email from the Chancellor’s Office on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 and Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021. These messages are also archived on the University’s Coronavirus Communications webpage on the main website at AState.edu/safety/novel-coronavirus/campus-communications/.