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What are the CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARP?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act provided $14 billion to students and institutions across the U.S. to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.  QCC students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 may be eligible to participate in the federal emergency grant program. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was granted an injunction in court that, while in effect, allowed us to offer Higher Educational Emergency Relief Funds to students who do not meet the eligibility for Federal Financial Aid programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and authorized additional Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to institutions. These funds are able to be used for any component of a student's Cost of Attendance or emergency expenses related to coronavirus. Funds must be given to students with exceptional financial need.  As of December 27, 2020, the law also converted any remaining CARES Act funding to the new regulations. 

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law on March 11, 2021, authorizing additional Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to institutions to help students. These funds are able to be used for any component of a student's Cost of Attendance or emergency expenses related to coronavirus. Funds must be given to students with exceptional financial need. There are no longer Title IV (federal financial aid) requirements to receive these funds.