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Coronavirus Relief Funds - ARP

Coronavirus Relief Funds - ARP

Jefferson College received $4,600,344 through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to support emergency financial aid grants for 2021-2022 Jefferson College students struggling to cover any component of their educational costs. As of December 2021, 1,898 fall 2021 students received $3,701,000, in ARP Emergency Financial Aid Grants and 103 students who experienced hardship while attending Jefferson College during the COVID-19 national emergency received $92,840 assistance with an outstanding debt through a Past Due Balance Grant.

Student Eligibility for an ARP Emergency Financial Aid Grant

Post-secondary financial aid applicants with a 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) reflecting a Pell Grant and/or Access Missouri Grant income level (an EFC of 12,000 or less) at the time of payment will automatically receive an American Rescue Plan Grant for fall 2021.  Contact Jefferson College's Office of Student Financial Services at 636-481-3212 or for FAFSA assistance.  In addition, post-secondary students who confirmed their financial hardship and received coronavirus relief in spring or summer 2021 will also be considered for an automatic award for fall 2021.  Students who wish to decline the grant should contact the Office of Student Financial Services.

Other degree and certificate-seeking students, as well as non-degree seeking, non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students in Jefferson College courses may apply for an ARP emergency financial aid grant through the application link below.

Process for Requesting an ARP Emergency Financial Aid Grant

Students with a 2021-2022 FAFSA reflecting an EFC above 12,000, those without a 2021-2022 FAFSA, and non-degree seeking, non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students must submit an application.  Requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.  Submission of an application is not a guarantee that a grant will be awarded.  Students who are not enrolled, not participating, or who have withdrawn from the institution, are not eligible. 

For consideration, complete the American Rescue Plan Grant Application below identifying which 2021-2022 educational expenses you are struggling to cover.  You must do so via your account.

***ARP Grants are no longer available for Fall 2021***
ARP Emergency Financial Aid Grant Award Amounts

If approved, the amount of your ARP grant will be based on your enrollment level at the time of payment.  For non-degree students, a comparable level of enrollment based on the hours required for your program and the federal definition of a credit hour will be determined.  ARP grant recipients with a 2021-2022 FAFSA reflecting a Pell-eligible income level at the time of payment and students graduating from an essential worker degree or certificate program in fall 2021 will receive a bonus amount to support their completion.

$500 for less than half-time (5 or less credit hours)
$1,000 for half-time (6-8 credit hours)
$1,500 for 3/4 time (9-11 credit hours)
$2,000 for full-time (12 or more credit hours)

$500 bonus for Pell income level students and essential worker program graduates

Disbursement of this financial assistance will occur after course participation has been verified.  American Rescue Plan funds are likely to be exhausted during fall 2021, so budget accordingly for spring 2022.  For more information about Jefferson College's Student Portion of the American Rescue Plan, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 636-481-3212 or

Professional Judgment

Also, if your family's financial situation has been significantly or permanently altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the prior-prior year income you had to report on your 2021-2022 FAFSA is no longer accurate, you may wish to pursue a Professional Judgment.  In some instances, Jefferson College's Office of Student Financial Services may be able to use projected or actual income rather than previous income information on your FAFSA.  To do so, you must be a Title IV eligible degree or certificate-seeking student.  You will be required to submit all relevant documentation, such as 2020 income taxes and employment and/or marital status forms.  Please note that for A+ students who become Pell eligible through the Professional Judgment process, A+ Scholarship rules require that Pell be applied in place of A+.  Professional Judgments are considered on a case-by-case basis.

 HEERF Quarterly Reports

October 25, 2020

Quarter ending 09/30/2020

January 5, 2021

Quarter ending 12/31/2020

April 6, 2021

Quarter ending 03/31/2021

June 30, 2021

Quarter ending 06/30/2021

September 30, 2021

Quarter ending 09/30/2021

September 30, 2021


December 31, 2021


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