HEERF III / ARP Student Aid Funds

Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief / American Rescue Plan - Southern State Community College was awarded $2,561,758 in May 2021 as additional funds by the U.S. Department of Education to provide emergency grants to assist students with expenses related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to continue their education.

Emergency Grant Application

The Summer 2022 Emergency Grant application is closed; the HEERF III/ARP emergency student aid funds have been exhausted. Students who have financial needs or faced with unexpected expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can contact their academic advisor at studentsuccess@sscc.edu for information on local services and resources. Students who submitted an Emergency Grant application prior to May 21, 2022 will be notified via email when the application has been reviewed.

Examples of emergency financial need or emergency expenses due to COVID-19 pandemic include but are not limited to:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Course Materials
  • Childcare
  • Medical/Health Care
  • Lab Clinical expenses
  • Food/Housing
  • Disruptions in transportation (i.e. car repair) preventing student from attending classes
  • Other


What kinds of expenses are allowable?

Funds can be used for COVID-19-related expenses including tuition, technology, food, housing, health care, or child care.

How much can I apply for?

Grant amounts will be based on application submission information and subject to availability of funds. The maximum grant award is $1000.

Would receiving this funding impact my financial aid?

No, this fund will not impact or replace financial aid..

Can I apply for funding more than once?

Yes, students can apply each term, on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to students asking for available funding for the first time. Funding may be distributed each term starting immediately and until August 2022, or until funds run out. This will depend on the number of students who apply each term.