American Rescue Plan

This website serves as public disclosure required under section 314(a)(1)(A)-(F) of American Rescue Plan for Pitzer College regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III). This website will be updated with any required changes.

  1. Pitzer College has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the American Rescue Plan to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. Pitzer College received $814,156 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. As of December 30, 2021, Pitzer College has distributed $181,740.27 to students under ARP.
  4. Pitzer College estimates more than 200 students are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid grants based on need that have been impact by COVID-19 based on financial aid need.
  5. Pitzer College will determine student eligibility based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education, giving extra consideration to students who note being particularly impacted by the pandemic due to loss of employment, housing insecurity, health expenses, technological needs, and other items directly related to the pandemic.

REPORT UPDATES – November 3rd 2021

On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of additional emergency funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitzer College has received funding from the recently approved American Rescue Plan (ARP, HEERF III). The American Resuce Plan requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants or would be Pell Grant eligible however, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell Grants.

Per federal guidelines, $814,156 has been allocated to go directly to students in the form of Emergency Relief Grants. The Emergency Relief Grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the ongoing nation-wide pandemic (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare). If you have experienced any difficulties due to the disruption of campus operations, we strongly encourage you to apply for a Emergency Relief Grant.

  • To be eligible to receive a Student Emergency Relief Grant, students should be currently enrolled with consideration to students on leave of absence.
  • The Student Emergency Relief Grant is limited to $500 and a one-time request. While $500 is the maximum, we ask that you only request what you need, being mindful of other students also impacted by the pandemic. Pending resource availability, we may consider allocating additional support based on exceptional student need.
  • The request must be costs incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • With your consent, the funds can be applied toward student account balances, or deposited to your account via e-refund which is the quickest and most efficient way to receive the funds.
  • Students must complete the Student Emergency Relief Grant form.

ARP Emergency Relief Grant funding is limited. Applicants will be awarded grants as long as funds remain available.

Quarterly Report- April 2022

  • An additional $238,289.78 was disbursed in emergency grants to 143 students with exceptional needs due to the pandemic as of 03/30/2022.

Quarterly Report – July 2022

  • An additional $391,871.03 was disbursed in emergency grants to 177 students with exceptional needs due to the pandemic as of 06/30/2022.
  • Correction – An additional $394,125.95 was disbursed in emergency grants to 177 students with exceptional needs due to the pandemic expending all funds as of 06/30/2022.

Institutional Quarterly Reports