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American Rescue Plan

American Rescue Plan

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded EACC Students $1.5 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding. Students may receive funding in one of the following amounts:

  • $1,000-for degree-seeking students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours.

  • $1,200-for Pell grant students or students enrolled in other identified federal or state need-based aid programs.

  • $500-for adult basic education and literacy program students.

Students must request the emergency grants through an application, certify exceptional need, and indicate how the emergency grant funds will be spent.

How to Qualify to Receive Funds

The application is now open and located in the Tab "Student Grant Application" in your myEACC portal. (You must be logged in to view the tab.) Deadline to fill out application form: Friday, September 17, 2021.

(The image below shows the location of the Student Grant Application in myEACC.)


Want to Know More?



Question: Are these emergency financial aid grants to students considered taxable income?
Answer: No. Emergency financial aid grants made by a federal agency, State, Indian tribe, higher education institution or scholarship-granting to a student because of an event related to the COVID-19 national emergency are not included in the student's gross income. For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bulletin Emergency aid granted to students due to COVID is not taxable (March 30, 2021).

Question: Is a student emergency financial aid grant part of a student's financial aid award package?
Answer: No, these emergency financial aid grants are not part of the financial aid package. They are awarded in addition to other financial aid.

Question: Should institutions include a student's receipt of a HEERF emergency financial aid grant when calculating that student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
Answer: Emergency financial aid grant received by a student under the CARES Act, CRRSAA, or ARP should not be counted as income when calculating a family's EFC.

For more questions contact: or 870-633-4480 ext. 215

Source: arpfaq.pdf (

*Students assume all liability for providing documentation of need should such documentation be required by the U.S. Department of Education or the State of Arkansas.


"EACC has served approximately 500 students with Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds from CRRSAA and ARP."



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