On April 15, 2020, Arcadia University signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF). This funding provided students with demonstrated unexpected expenses and/or hardships related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus the opportunity to apply for funding. (see below).
As of April 2023, all Arcadia HEERF funds have been allocated to students.
Funding Totals: HEERF I
Arcadia used no less than 50 percent ($1,281,567 total) of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Arcadia estimates 2,303 total eligible students.
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Funding Totals: HEERF II
Arcadia used no less than 50 percent ($1,281,567 total) of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
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Funding Totals: HEERF III
Arcadia used no less than 50 percent ($3,314,433 total) of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
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CARES funding can cover any unexpected educational expenses due to the disruption of campus operations, including:
- Unexpected health care, childcare, travel, housing, or food expenses
- Purchase of a computer, printer, internet/hotspot, or other course-related supplies and materials required for online instruction
CARES funding cannot cover:
- Loss of income or job.
- Loss of a study abroad, clinical rotation, or course-related travel deposit
- Vehicle maintenance
- Expenses that do not relate directly to the Arcadia student
Awarding Method (All HEERF Funds)
A committee reviews and sorts applications based on the severity of the disruption(s), and those who experienced more than one overlapping hardship are prioritized. Students are awarded funds based on the losses they showed, up to a set dollar amount, determined by taking an average of all the estimated expenses submitted. Students have more than one opportunity to apply for funds, in order to ensure that there would be ongoing opportunities for affected individuals to receive assistance (up to $6,900 annually unless documented special circumstances are evident). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until funding is depleted. Due to limitations in funding, priority review will go to first-time applications.