HEERF III – ARP Answers to FAQs

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Part I

Do I need to complete an application to receive the ARP funding through HEERF III?
No formal application is needed for the fall 2021 distribution of funds. The college has determined that all students have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.

Is a FAFSA required to receive the funds?
No. A FAFSA is not required to receive the funds.

How is eligibility determined?
All students on the Officially Enrolled Census Report for Fall 2021 are eligible to receive the funds disbursed on 11/09/2021. Students eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant as of 10/12/2021 will receive 55% of the total allocation, and students who were non-Pell Grant eligible as of 10/12/2021 will receive 45% of the total allocation.

If I’m a part-time student, am I eligible to receive the funds?
Yes, part time students will receive a pro-rated amount based on Pell Grant and Non-Pell Grant eligibility. The amounts are pro-rated based on by whether the student was three-quarter time, half time, or less than half time as of 10/12/2021.

What is the total dollar amount of the funds I will be receiving?

Fall 2021 Pell Students Enrollment

Allocation per student

Full Time


Less Than Half Time


Half Time


Three Quarter Time



Fall 2021 Non-Pell Student Enrollment

Allocation per student

Full Time


Less Than Half Time


Half Time


Three Quarter Time


When will the remaining $22,805 be distributed?
The remaining fund allocation will be determined during the Spring 2023 semester.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Part II

What is HEERF?
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Public Law 117-2, signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How much funding did TSCT receive?
TSCT has received a total of $4,807,007 in HEERF III funding. The minimum amount for Student Aid Portion (CFDA 84.425E Allocation) is $2,403,504. The maximum amount for Institutional Portion (CFDA 84.425F Allocation) is $2,403,503.

How much funding has been spent? 
1199 paper checks were distributed to students in the amount of $2,380,699 on 11/09/2021.

The remaining funds of $22,805 will be used for future disbursements to students.

How do I submit an application?
Complete the form on our website.

Who is eligible to receive the funds?
All students who are enrolled as of 04/25/2023 will receive an email alerting them of the application availability. These students will all be enrolled during the academic year ending the national emergency.

Students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant given preference due to exceptional financial need. Eligibility determined by payment of Pell grant by 04/25/2023.

What qualifies as a COVID-19 related expense?
Emergency financial aid grants may be used by students for any component of their cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

Significant, unexpected expenses either for themselves or that would affect their financial circumstances, such as the loss of employment, reduced income, or food or housing insecurity.

How much funding could I receive?
Pell Grant recipients as of 04/25/2023: maximum amount $2819

Non-Pell Grant recipient as of 04/25/2023: maximum amount $1482

Funds will be pro-rated for students who are not full time (12 credits).

How long do I have to submit my application?
Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis until all of the Student funding has been used.