HEERF III / ARP Student Aid Funds

Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief / American Rescue Plan - Southern State Community College has been awarded $2,561,758 in 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 Fall 2021 Emergency Grant application closed on Friday, December 3, 2021. The Spring 2022 Emergency Grant application will open on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. This application is for emergency funding available to address the financial needs faced with unexpected expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any individual who is or was enrolled (registered for classes) at Southern State Community College on or after March 13, 2020 is eligible to apply for HEERF III/ARP emergency student grants. This includes nondegree, noncredit, and continuing education students, students enrolled through the College Credit Plus program, and students who have graduated or withdrawn.

The SSCC HEERF III / ARP Student Aid Funds Application is currently unavailable.

Grant amounts will be based on application submission information and subject to availability of funds. The maximum Spring 2022 grant award will be $1000 with priority given to students who have not already applied and received HEERF III Emergency Grant funds.

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

  • Tuition Assistance - grant will be applied directly to student tuition and fee charges for the Fall 2021 semester if authorized on the application.
  • Childcare
  • Medical/Health Care
  • Lab Clinical expenses
  • Lack of Access to Course/Materials - technology
  • Food/Housing
  • Disruptions in transportation (i.e. car repair) preventing student from attending classes
  • Other

All eligible students will be notified by an email to their SSCC email address when the funds have been processed. Please allow a minimum of 7 business days for processing.

Authorization of funds to pay student fees will be paid directly to the student account. All other funds will be mailed directly to the student address on file at the College.


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 $1500.

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 May 2022, or until funds run out. This will depend on the number of students who apply each term.