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, in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students may use the funds toward any component of their cost of attendance, or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, medical and mental health care or childcare.
View Lakeland Community College's ARP reporting below:
Any student (excluding College Credit Plus) currently enrolled in classes at Lakeland. ARP funds are prioritized for students with exceptional financial need. As funds remain available, eligible students may be awarded through summer term.
Students do not need to be a financial aid recipient to be eligible but we would encourage all students to complete the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for other federal, state and local funding opportunities. Students can complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov/fafsa.
The application process is now closed. All funds have been allocated.
Eligible expenses due to COVID-19 pandemic include, but are not limited to, items related to cost of attendance, such as tuition and fees, books, food, technology, transportation, health care (including mental health) and child care.
No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, dually enrolled high school students are not eligible for emergency funding through ARP.
Yes. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, international students are eligible for emergency funding through the ARP.
Yes. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, DACA students do meet the eligibility requirements for emergency funding through the ARP.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form completed by current and prospective college students in the U.S. to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. Students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college, however, completing the FAFSA is not required to receive ARP emergency funding.
Typically, FAFSA results are received within 3-5 business days.
All communication and notifications of ARP funding decisions will be sent to the student's Lakeland student email.
Yes. If a student is currently enrolled during the term of his/her application and have unforeseen emergency expenses he/she may be eligible for additional funding.
Yes, funding is intended for currently enrolled students at Lakeland Community College who meet all of the eligibility requirements listed above.
Students can choose to receive funds by direct deposit or a check by mail, or have the funds applied to their student billing account to help pay tuition and other college charges. If students opt to pay their charges, any remaining balance will be refunded to them.
If students choose to receive a check by mail, they must verify the address on file by viewing it in their myLakeland account. If it is not correct, they should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have it updated.
If students choose to receive funds through direct deposit, this can be set up in myLakeland through the Billing Center located on the Student tab under "myRECORDS." Note: an active bank account is necessary.
We are committed to notifying students of the award decision via their Lakeland student email within 5-7 business days.
Students who opt to receive the funds directly or have a credit balance after charges are paid will typically receive the funds approximately 15 business days from the date the credit balance appears on the student account.
Direct deposit may help avoid mail delays. Direct deposit can be set up in myLakeland through the Billing Center located on the Student tab under "myRECORDS." Note: an active bank account is necessary.