American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grant Funding

The American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP) was passed by Congress and signed into law March 11, 2021 and is intended to provide economic relief to individuals and institutions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and economic uncertainty.


Fox Valley Technical College has been awarded funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), to be awarded to eligible students with exceptional financial need. Funds are to be used to cover costs such as tuition account balances, food assistance, housing assistance, health care (both physical and mental health care) emergencies, childcare emergencies, and other educational related expenses incurred as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. As funds remain available, eligible students may be awarded through August 2022.

Payment Distribution Process

FVTC will determine student eligibility and distribute funding in two phases – the first will be an automatic distribution of ARP grant funding to eligible students as outlined below. The second phase of funding will be available to students via an application process.

Phase One: Automatic Distribution Payments

ARP grant funding is meant for students with exceptional financial need. Students enrolled in classes earning 1 or more credits during the Summer 2022 semester and who have completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA with an eligible EFC (EFC = expected family contribution as determined on the students 2021-2022 FAFSA) of 20,000 or below will receive an automatic distribution of funds based on the matrix shown below.

Students eligible for automatic distribution of ARP grant funding that owe a balance on their FVTC account from the Summer 2022 semester or prior will receive an ARP Grant Authorization Form via their FVTC email allowing the student to indicate that they would like their ARP grant funding to be applied to their balance. We request that this form be returned within 10 days so that we can promptly disburse the ARP grant funding based on your selection. If FVTC does not receive your ARP Grant Authorization Form within 10 days, automatic disbursement will be made via direct deposit to the account listed in eFAS or via paper check to the address listed on file with FVTC. If you do not have a balance on your account you will not receive an ARP Grant Authorization Form.

  1-5 Credits 6-8 Credits 9-11 Credits 12+ Credits
Pell Grant Recipient (EFC 0-5845) $360.00 $960.00 $1,200.00 $1,440.00
Non-Pell Grant Recipient (EFC 5846-20000) $240.00 $640.00 $800.00 $960.00


Phase Two: Application for ARP Grant Funding

Applications for the Summer 2022 semester
will open on June 27, 2022 and will close on August 8, 2022.


Students who did not receive an automatic distribution of ARP grant funding may be eligible for ARP grant funding through an application process that will begin on June 27, 2022. The following students may qualify:

  • Students who do not have a 2021-2022 FAFSA application on file with Fox Valley Technical College, but are enrolled in Summer 2022 semester courses earning 1 credit or greater and can demonstrate exceptional financial need are invited to apply. You do not need to certify that you are a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Eligible Non-Citizen (U.S. permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or "Green Card”) Conditional permanent resident I-551C) to apply for ARP grant funding.
  • Students taking courses earning 1 credit or more at Fox Valley Technical College for the Summer 2022 semester who qualify as Independent International Students and can demonstrate exceptional need are also welcome to apply.
  • Students do not have to be taking classes in a Federal Financial Aid eligible program to receive funding via the application process.

Funding for the above qualified students will be distributed based on the following matrix:

  1-5 Credits 6-8 Credits 9-11 Credits 12+ Credits
Applicants enrolled in 1 or more credits, with no FAFSA on file, on FA Suspension, non-US Citizen, or qualified independent International Student with exceptional financial need. $240.00 $640.00 $800.00 $960.00

 

  • Students who have a 2021-2022 FAFSA application on file with Fox Valley Technical College and are enrolled in Summer 2022 semester courses earning 1 credit or greater and can demonstrate exceptional financial need with an EFC (expected family contribution as determined on the students 2021-2022 FAFSA) of 20,001 or greater may apply for a one-time distribution based on the following matrix during the Summer 2022 semester.
  1-5 Credits 6-8 Credits 9-11 Credits 12+ Credits
Applicants enrolled in 1 or more credits, with FAFSA on file with EFC of 20,001 or greater with exceptional financial need.
$140.00 $380.00 $480.00 $570.00

 

  • Students who have completed the GED/HSED orientation process or are enrolled in English Language Learning (ELL) classes and can demonstrate exceptional financial need are eligible to apply for a one-time distribution of $500.00 for the Summer 2022 semester. Students must be in good standing in regards to attendance to qualify.  Payments to students in the GED/HSED and ELL classes will be made in the form of a paper check which will be mailed via USPS.

Regardless of whether you are enrolled in classes with 1 or more credits, GED/HSED classes, or ELL classes, you do not need to certify that you are a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Eligible Non-Citizen (U.S. permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or "Green Card”) Conditional permanent resident I-551C) to apply for ARP grant funding.

International students who are attending Fox Valley Technical College through a U.S. Department of State funded grant program are not eligible to receive ARP grant funding as outlined in their sponsorship contract.

A limited amount of funding has been allocated for the application process.  Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis until funding allocated for the application process has been depleted.  If funds remain at the conclusion of the semester, remaining funds will be rolled into the following semester.

Note: If you have received an automatic distribution of ARP Grant Funding based the eligibility criteria, you are not eligible for additional ARP grant funding through the application process during the Summer 2022 semester.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to FVTCCares@fvtc.edu.

 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Summer 2022

WHEN AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are eligible to apply.  The specific application dates have been set for the Summer 2022:

Fall Standard Application

  • Opens – June 27, 2022 
  • Closes – August 8, 2022

Adult Education / English Language Learning Fall Applications

  • Opens – June 27, 2022 
  • Closes – August 8, 2022

**NOTE: Applications received for Summer 2022 may experience processing delays as a result of the Summer break scheduled for July 4-July 8, 2022. As a reminder, payments are not processed on Saturday or Sunday.

These dates will allow for FVTC Student Finance to complete the processing of Financial Aid for the semester as well as the ARP automatic distribution process.

To assist with the timely administration of the ARP grants, please remember that if you received an automatic distribution, you are not eligible to apply for additional ARP grant funds; Only apply during the semester in which you are enrolled (you can apply each semester you are enrolled), and apply only one time per semester. 

HOW WILL ELIGIBLE SUMMER 2022 SEMESTER RECIPIENTS RECEIVE THE AUTOMATIC DISTRIBUTION?

Students eligible for an automatic distribution of ARP grant funding during the summer 2022 semester will receive the funds either via direct deposit into the account specified in eFAS (electric financial account) or by paper check sent to the address on file at Fox Valley Technical College.

HOW DO I SET UP DIRECT DEPOSIT THROUGH AN Efas ACCOUNT (electric financial account)?

To set up or review your Fox Valley Tech eFAS (electronic financial account) at www.fvtc.edu/efas. Please be sure to have your checking or savings account number and routing number readily available.

Use a PC or laptop to sign in to your eFAS account (not a phone or tablet).

  • Log in to the eFAS website with your MyFVTC user ID and password eFAS Financial Account Suite
  • Set up “Two-Step Verification” 
    • Select “Security Settings” in your eFAS profile list 
    • Set up your verification email or phone number 
  • When you have security settings set up, proceed to the “Payment Profile” link 
    • To use the checking or savings account you have saved on your profile (but not yet designated for refunds): 
      • Click the “Actions” icon; then click “Edit” 
      • Check the “Refund” checkbox 
    • To remove a checking or savings account from your profile: 
      • Delete the refund designation or delete the entire account by clicking the “Action” icon 
      • Note: only one account can be designated for direct deposit 
    • To add a new account: 
      • Click "Add New Payment Method" from the “Payment Profile” link
      • Double-check your account information for accuracy to ensure your funds get deposited correctly
      • Select the checkbox to use the account for refunds
      • Click "Save"

Keep in mind that the eRefund process is a direct deposit from our bank to yours. It may take 3-4 business days for a deposit to appear in your bank account after it has been released from our bank. An automated email will be sent to you when we do the internal eRefund process.

Please contact studentfinance@fvtc.edu or 920-735-4871 with questions or concerns.

I BELIEVE I AM ELIGIBLE FOR A SUMMER 2022 AUTOMATIC DISTRIBUTION OF ARP FUNDING BUT I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANYTHING.

If you feel that you are eligible for an automatic distribution of ARP funding, but you have not received any funds by JULY 20, 2022, one of the following may apply:

  • FVTC is waiting for the completed ARP Grant Authorization Form to know if you wish to have the ARP grant funds applied to an existing balance from Summer 2022 or prior. Please check your FVTC email to complete the form and return it to FVTC Student Finance.
  • If you do not have an eFAS account set up your payment would be sent via USPS to the address we have on file.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out via email at FVTCCares@FVTC.edu.

I HAVE A BALANCE DUE ON MY STUDENT ACCOUNT FROM THE CURRENT SEMESTER OR PRIOR, AM I REQUIRED TO APPLY MY ARP GRANT TO MY ACCOUNT BALANCE?

Students are not required to apply the grant to their account balances, but it is definitely an option if a student has an account balance. ARP grant eligible students that have a balance on their account will receive an ARP Grant Authorization Form via their FVTC email. This form, once submitted by the student, will tell FVTC how the student wants the grant applied: either to the account balance or directly to the student to be used toward emergency costs that have directly resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic.

I RECEIVED AN ARP GRANT AUTHORIZATION FORM; HOW DO I RETURN THIS FORM TO THE COLLEGE?

Once the form is completed, and you have indicated whether you would like to have the funds applied to your existing balance, or if you would like the funds sent to you directly to be used 
toward emergency costs that have directly resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic, please return the signed form as indicated below: 

  • Scan or take a picture of the completed form and save to your computer
  • Sign in to your MyFVTC account, select the Tasks tile
  • Then select On-Demand Attachments
    • Department – Student Finance/3rd Party Bill
    • Option – Other Documents (non FinAid)
    • Click “Add Attachment” and attach the completed form and Upload.
  • Or, send completed form via email to studentfinance@fvtc.edu
     
DO I HAVE TO REPORT TO THE SCHOOL WHAT I SPENT MY ARP GRANT ON?

No. However, the expectation is that the ARP grant will be used, if not as a financial aid grant for the student’s account balance, then as an emergency grant directly to student for emergency costs that have directly resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic.

DO ARP GRANT FUNDS NEED TO BE REPAID?

No, APR Act Grant funds are considered a federal student aid grant which will not need to be paid back.

IF I COMPLETE AN APPLICATION, AND I HAVE A BALANCE ON MY FVTC ACCOUNT WILL I RECEIVE THE ARP GRANT AUTHORIZATION FORM?

Yes, students who have a balance due on their account from the Summer 2022 semester or prior will receive the ARP Grant Authorization Form giving the student the option to apply a portion or all of the ARP grant funding to their FVTC account balance. The ARP Grant Authorization Form is to be returned to the college as listed on the form within 10 days of being received. If the form is not returned, FVTC will distribute the ARP grant in its entirety via direct deposit or by paper check to the students address on file.

I DID NOT RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC DISBURSEMENT ARP GRANT, BUT I HAVE A NEED THAT HAS ARISEN AS A DIRECT RESULT OF CORONAVIRUS. IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR AN ARP GRANT FOR THE SUMMER 2022 SEMESTER?

If you did not receive an automatic distribution of ARP grant funding and you have an exceptional financial need, an application process will begin on June 27, 2022. ARP grant funding applications will be considered for students that are experiencing a financial need directly related to the Coronavirus pandemic. We will review student application requests based on demonstration of need. If approved, and you have a balance due on your FVTC account from the Summer 2022 semester or prior, you will be sent an ARP Grant Authorization form giving you the opportunity to pay all or a portion of your balance. The ARP Grant Authorization form is to be returned to FVTC within 10 days. If the form is not returned, or if you do not have a balance due, payments will be disbursed utilizing the matrix listed above via direct deposit using the students established eFAS information or via paper check to the students address on file with the college.

If you have received ARP grant funding and have additional need, please review our list of college and community resources at www.fvtc.edu/emergency-resources or contact the FVTC CARES TEAM at FVTCCares@fvtc.edu.

I RECEIVED AN ARP GRANT DURING THE SUMMER 2022 SEMESTER, BUT I AM IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, CAN I APPLY TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ADDITIONAL ARP GRANT FUNDING FOR THE SUMMER 2022 SEMESTER?

No. Students are eligible for one ARP grant during the Summer 2022 semester. If you have additional need, please review our list of college and community resources at www.fvtc.edu/emergency-resources or contact the FVTC CARES TEAM at FVTCCares@fvtc.edu.

DO YOU HAVE TO BE ENROLLED IN CREDIT EARNING OR PROGRAM CLASSES THAT ARE FINANCIAL AID FUNDABLE TO RECEIVE ARP FUNDING FOR THE SUMMER 2022 SEMESTER?

To receive an automatic distribution of ARP funding during the Summer 2022 semester students must demonstrate exceptional need by completing the 2021-2022 FAFSA, be PELL Eligible, or have an EFC (EFC = expected family contribution as determined on the students 2021-2022 FAFSA) of 20000 or below and be enrolled in classes earning 1 credit or more for the Summer 2022 semester.

Students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and are enrolled in courses of 1 credit or more, regardless if the program is eligible for financial aid, are eligible to apply for ARP grant funding for the Summer 2022 semester. The application will be available on June 27, 2022.

Students who are enrolled and attending GED/HSED/English Language Learning (ELL) classes at Fox Valley Technical College during the Summer 2022 Semester and demonstrate exceptional financial need may qualify for funding based on eligibility criteria established by the Department of Education, and verified by the FVTC Cares Team. Eligible students will be in good standing as it pertains to attendance in their enrolled classes. If approved, eligible students will receive payment via paper check sent to the address listed in the students’ FVTC record. The application will be available on June 27, 2022.

Students who have a demonstrated exceptional financial need may complete the application process beginning June 27, 2022 for Adult Education/ELL or any student taking 1 credit or more at Fox Valley Technical College. Awards will be disbursed through the students eFAS account if it is established, or via paper check.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR ARP GRANT FUNDING IF I AM ENROLLED IN GED/HSED OR ELL COURSES DURING THE SUMMER 2022 SEMESTER?

You may be eligible for ARP grant funding if you are enrolled and attending GED/HSED or ELL courses at Fox Valley Technical College during the Spring 2022 semester and demonstrate exceptional financial need. Eligibility will be determined through an application process beginning on June 27, 2022.

Eligible students will receive a one-time payment of $500.00 disbursed via paper check to the address listed in the students’ FVTC record.

I AM ON FINANCIAL AID SUSPENSION, AM I ELIGIBLE FOR AN ARP GRANT?

Yes, students who are on Financial Aid Suspension are eligible for the ARP grant funding and will be processed according to the eligibility criteria previously outlined. Students who are on Financial Suspension are encouraged to have a current FAFSA completed as well as to pursue the financial aid appeal process when appropriate.

I APPLIED A WHILE AGO AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE.

Please allow a minimum of 5 business days to process your application. Emails will be sent to students regarding the status of their application once the processing and verification process is complete. Additional processing time will be required for payments that are being made via paper check and sent to students via USPS (please allow an additional 14 days). If you have additional questions, please reach out to FVTCCares@fvtc.edu to inquire on the status of your application.

WILL THERE BE ADDITIONAL GRANTS AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE?

FVTC has allocated grant funding for students for the Summer 2022 semester utilizing criteria outlined by the Department of Education. FVTC will communicate any and all information that affects student grant funding via FVTC student email.

ARE THERE US CITIZEN REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE ARP GRANT FUNDING?

No. To receive ARP Grant Funding you do not need to certify that you are a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Eligible Non-Citizen (U.S. permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or "Green Card”) Conditional permanent resident I-551C). Students will need to apply via the application and demonstrate an exceptional need for assistance.

International students who are attending Fox Valley Technical College through a U.S. Department of State funded grant program are not eligible to receive ARP grant funding as outlined in their sponsorship contract.