American Rescue Plan

American Rescue Plan


About the American Rescue Plan

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). The ARP appropriated approximately $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and represents the third stream of funding appropriated for HEERF to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Blinn College has been allocated a total of $17,000,000 to be distributed to eligible Blinn students for Emergency Financial Aid grants.

Total Disbursements of the $17,000,000 made to students by the quarterly reporting dates (per U.S. Department of Education reporting requirements).

  • October 10, 2021 - $17,000,000 - disbursed by September 28, 2021

  • January 10, 2022 - $0 - all funds previously disbursed

  • April 10, 2022 - $0 - all funds previously disbursed

  • July 10, 2022 - $0 - all funds previously disbursed


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What Are The Eligibility Requirements?

Students who are registered at Blinn College for the summer 2021 and have unfunded CRSAA applications or the fall 2021 semester who are registered for college credit, continuing education, workforce credit, or dual credit courses. Fall 2021 funds will be awarding after September 15. Awarding for spring 2022 will happen in February 2022 if there are any funds remaining to award.  

There is not a separate ARP application. All students are eligible and will be identified by the

Financial Aid Office. Priority will be shown to students who have completed a 2021-2022 FAFSA and who have a pell eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and are registered for classes when awarding of the grants begins. Blinn College will award ARP funds based on the following circumstances:

  • Students with a 2021-2022 FAFSA, registered for 6 or more hours, and have a pell eligible EFC will receive $2000
  • Students with a 2021-2022 FAFSA who are declared and verified as homeless will receive $1500.
  • Students who aged out of the foster care system will receive $1500
  • Students who do not have a pell eligible EFC on their 2021-2022 FAFSA, or no FAFSA on file, and are in 6 or more hours will receive $800.
  • Dual credit students will receive $400
  • Workforce students in non-college credit classes will receive $400
  • All other students who are enrolled in between 1 and 5 credit hours and not listed above will receive $400.

Federal funds are limited and eligible students will be awarded on a first come first serve basis as long as funds are available. The ARP grant will not be counted as financial aid resource and therefore not affect financial aid eligibility.


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How Will Blinn Award ARP Grants?

Eligible students will be identified and awarded the emergency grant funds beginning in September for the fall 2021 semester. There is not a separate application. The ARP funds will not be applied to any Blinn College balance. Funds will be refunded to students through Student Choice Refunds.

  • Log in to the Student Portal via myBLINN.
  • Click on the Nelnet icon labeled "Student Choice Refunds". This will direct you to the Nelnet site.
  • On your first visit, follow the prompts to Create an Account with Nelnet.
  • After creating an account, select “Manage Refunds” to Enroll in a Refund Method.
  • Fill in the necessary information. Your refund will then be sent using the option you selected.

Once funds are disbursed to the student's account, the student will be notified via email by the Financial Aid Office.


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