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Student Financial Aid

Clemson ARPA Grant

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting — Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

On March 11, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which provided Clemson University with $18,105,028 in funding for emergency financial aid grants. (This is in addition to the CARES Act Grants disbursed in May 2020 and the CRRSAA Grants disbursed in March 2021.) We disbursed the funds in three tiers: we awarded $1,500-$1,600 to Federal Pell Grant recipients; $1,000-$1,100 to students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) less than $10,000; and $500 to students with any gross financial need as demonstrated by a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As of May 1, 2022, we awarded $18,105,028 to 10,731 students.

Through several outreach activities, we publicized the availability of grants and other COVID-19 assistance for students, including two mass emails, social media posts and a webinar. 

Recipients were informed via email at the Clemson email address.  

ARPA Grant Email Notification

Recipients were informed by the email below: 

"We hope that your semester is off to a strong start and that you and your family are healthy and safe. We are pleased to share some good news. 

“On March 11, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which provided Clemson University with funding for emergency financial aid grants. Because you were identified as a student with financial need, you have been awarded a Clemson ARPA Grant. If you do not have any emergency needs, we encourage you to use your refund to pay current or upcoming tuition and living expenses. 

“To view your grant, please log in to your financial aid award page in iROAR. If you have authorized an eRefund with the billing office, your refund will be deposited in the account you designated. If not, we will send a paper check to your permanent address. 

“We hope this grant will ease the financial strain caused by the pandemic. Have a safe and successful semester."