The Department of Education has allocated additional COVID Relief Funds for Universities and Colleges to distribute to eligible students with the passing of The American Rescue Plan ARP.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) included additional COVID-19 relief for institutions of higher education. This new COVID stimulus bill included $40 billion, for higher education institutions and students, using the same Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) model established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The University of Southern Mississippi has finalized the process for delivering the COVID Relief Aid.
NOTE: Unlike previous CARES grants, international students may also be eligible for these federal funds.
Students should complete an online COVID ARP Relief Application through their SOAR account.
Faculty and Staff members are not eligible for the COVID ARP Relief Grant.
COVID ARP Relief Application Steps:
The Office of Financial Aid will determine eligibility. Deadline to apply for summer COVID Relief Aid was July 15, 2021.
The Office of Financial Aid will determine eligibility. Deadline and application for fall 2021 COVID Relief Aid is September 30, 2021.
Students receiving COVID Relief aid will be offered two possible choices in which to have their funds distributed to them.
If you are eligible and choose to receive the funds directly, or if you have an excess of funds after they have been applied to your student account, a refund will be processed through BankMobile. If you have not chosen a refund preference with BankMobile, please do so by clicking on the Student Refunds tile in your SOAR Account. If you need assistance, the BankMobile Customer Service number is 877.327.9515
The Fall 2021 awarding model is TBD, after the application deadline of September 30th. We hope to start awarding Fall 2021 awards by October 4th.
The Office of Financial Aid determined student eligibility based on enrollment status for the Summer 2021 term. These are the students who were communicated to regarding the availability of funds and how to apply.
The online application consisted of two questions:
I certify that I have experienced financial need due to the on-going pandemic.
I Authorize the University of Southern Miss to apply my COVID ARP Relief grant to my student account to offset any current institutional charges.
As applications were received, the Office of Financial Aid awarded students a set amount, as determined by their FAFSA EFC, giving larger award amounts to Pell Grant EFC ranges to give priority to the neediest students as designated by the Department of Education. Award amounts were as follows...
|EFC Range||Award Amount|
|$1 - $5711||$1000|
|$5712 - $10,000||$800|
|10,001 and Above||$500|
Summer 2021 ending award amounts and how many students received that award amount are listed below.
|Award Amount||Student Count||Total Amount Awarded|