Federal Relief Act Offers Funding for Northwest Technical College Students


Through the American Rescue Plan Act, a third round of financial assistance is available for Northwest Technical College students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced that ARP funding is available for institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARP appropriated $164,042,000 to the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities, with $692,257 to Northwest Tech.

There will be three stages of ARP fund distribution. Award distribution began on Aug. 9 to students enrolled in Summer 2021 courses and will extend throughout the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters for enrolled students.

After a successful round of Summer 2021 distribution, the NTC Student Senate leadership chose to split the remaining ARP dollars between the fall and spring semesters using a 60/40 ratio.

Students eligible for Federal Pell Grants will automatically receive $940 and students whose expected family contribution is less than $15,000 will also receive awards of $670. Funding will be sent via mail or dispersed to student accounts on Sept. 24.

Additionally, students may also apply for individual relief awards up to $750. Individual ARP grants are available to eligible DACA and international students as well. The application for individual ARP grants will be available Sept. 17 and will distributed on a rolling basis to eligible students.

To be eligible for Fall 2021 ARP funding, students cannot have dropped, withdrawn or had a last day of attendance before Sept. 4.

This round of funding was preceded by the April 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and December 2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, both of which offered relief awards to BSU and NTC students.




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit ntcmn.edu.