American Rescue Plan Act/HEERF III

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) passed an additional round of emergency funding to assist college students with the financial impact related to the pandemic. This allows SUNY Adirondack to provide emergency grants to students who are experiencing financial hardship from additional expenses due to the coronavirus.

SUNY Adirondack received Student Aid funding under section 2003(7) of the ARP. This program, with some changes, provides supplemental funds to the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. SUNY Adirondack signed and returned to the Education Department a Certification and Agreement as required under the CARES Act section 18004(a)(1) program. We acknowledge that by drawing down the ARP Student Aid Funds, our institution agrees to be bound by the conditions set forth in the ARP Student Aid Supplemental Agreement including using 100 percent of these Student Aid Funds to provide emergency aid grants to students.

As of December 21, 2021, a total of $2,595,544.34 was distributed to 1,221 unduplicated students.


Fall 2021 students enrolled as of Sept. 28, 2021, who filed a 2021-22 FAFSA and meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid, and who have the greatest financial need can be considered for these funds. Students must be matriculated in approved academic degree or certificate programs. 

The $4,306,936 disbursement designated for students is designed to prioritize students with the greatest identified financial need and ensure that funds are distributed as widely as possible. Another $110,000 in institutional stimulus funds will be allocated for students as well. SUNY Adirondack will disburse these funds to two groups:

Group 1: SUNY Adirondack Students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) from $0 to $14,615 per the 2021-22 FAFSA.


Student Award Chart

Award Amount Per EFC Range and FT/PT Status

Enrollment Status






FT = full time PT = part time

EFC Range 0 - 2,923

EFC Range 2,924 - 5,846

EFC Range 5,847 - 8,769

EFC Range 8,770 - 11,692

EFC Range 11,693 - 14,615

FT Student Awards






PT Student Awards







Group 2: Any student who has experienced a COVID-19 emergency can apply for ARP Act Emergency Funds. SUNY Adirondack’s ARP Act Emergency Funds can be awarded to a maximum of $1,500 for eligible expenses such as food, housing, health care, child care, transportation, technology and other course materials. To apply for these emergency funds, students can complete an ARP Act Emergency Grant application using their SUNY Adirondack Network ID and password. Pell-eligible students in Group 1 can also apply for these funds.

How you will receive American Rescue Plan Act disbursement

American Rescue Plan Act funds will be issued in two ways: 

1.      For students signed up for direct deposit, it will be deposited into the student’s designated bank account or prepaid debit card. For more information about direct deposit, go to Please allow seven to 10 business days for direct deposited funds to be available in the designated account.

TIP: Sign up for direct deposit through Nelnet. Log into your Self-Service Banner account, and go to the "Student" tab, select "Student Account" from the list, and then select "Set-Up Payment Plan." This will redirect you to the Nelnet web portal. After setting up your profile, you can select "Manage Refunds" in your Nelnet account to set-up a direct deposit.

2.     For students not signed up for direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the permanent address listed in the Banner System within 14-21 business days.


You do not have to repay Federal Emergency relief funds. The American Rescue Plan Act Emergency Grant funds are designed to be a grant (otherwise called gift aid) and are not a loan. 

Impact on existing financial aid plans

This funding will not reduce your financial aid. It does not negate nor replace financial aid.