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.
ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.
The ARP (a)(3) funding is referred to as Supplemental Support under American Rescue Plan (SSARP). HEERF III funds are considered SSARP funds.
William & Mary is working to identify the strategies to utilize the HEERF III funds that we have received. Students which are deemed ineligible or have an immediate need may appeal to the Dean of Student's office from the Health Emergency and Resources for the Tribe (HEART) Fund. Eligible categories for funding from the HEART Fund are food, transportation, lodging, healthcare and medications, and educational expenses.
The process of distributing these funds and other frequently asked questions are addressed on our ARP HEERF III FAQ page