Federal legislation was signed by the President of the United States to provide economic relief to individuals and organizations dealing with ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This legislation — titled the American Rescue Plan (or ARP) — is the third source of funding and second supplement from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for colleges and universities in the United States. 

Northwest Technical College has received $190,027 of Supplemental Support Under the American Rescue Plan. Northwest Technical College will distribute these funds through three awarding methods, Supplemental ARP Awards for Pell, EFC  

In addition to passing new funding, the Department of Education determined that the following students are now eligible for the American Rescue Plan and remaining CRRSA Act funds. 

  • DACA/Dream Act Students 
  • International students 

Various restrictions on the use of these funds were established through regulatory direction from the federal Department of Education and the Minnesota State Office of the Chancellor. Below are students who continue to be not eligible for HEERF Student Emergency funds. 

  • Senior Citizens assessed the senior citizen tuition rate 
  • Students enrolled entirely in non-credit courses 
  • Incarcerated students 
  • Concurrent high school students  
  • Postsecondary enrollment option students (PSEO) 

Northwest Technical College is defining students with exceptional need as eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. Students can also demonstrate exceptional need through the Northwest Technical College Student Emergency Funds Application. 

ARP Supplemental Awards – Fall 2022

Students eligible for Federal Pell Grants will automatically receive $375 and students whose expected family contribution is less than $15,000 will also receive awards of $150. Funding will be sent via mail or dispersed to student accounts on a date yet to be determined. 

Additionally, students may also apply for individual relief awards up to $500, for which the institution has set aside $3,000. Individual ARP grants are available to eligible DACA and international students as well. The application for individual ARP grants is now available and awards will be distributed on a rolling basis to eligible students.