Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act, a third round of financial aid is available for students at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College who have been affected by COVID-19.
In May 2021, the US Department of Education announced that ARP funding was available for higher education institutions to serve students and ensure continued learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. ARP allocated $ 164,042,000 to the Minnesota state college and university system, $ 4,585,381 allocated to the state of Bemidji, and $ 692,257 to Northwest Tech.
There will be three stages of distribution of ARP funds. The distribution of the prizes began on August 9 to students enrolled in the 2021 summer courses and will continue throughout the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.
Due to the success of the summer 2021 distribution, the leadership of the BSU Student Senate chose to distribute the remaining ARP dollars between the fall and spring semesters using a 50/50 ratio, while the leadership NTC’s Student Senate elected to split the money between fall and spring semesters using a 60/40 ratio.
Students eligible for Federal Pell Grants will automatically receive $ 1,115 if enrolled in BSU and $ 940 if enrolled in NTC. Students whose expected family contribution is less than $ 15,000 will also receive scholarships of $ 860 at BSU and $ 670 at NTC. Funding will be mailed or distributed to BSU student accounts on September 23 and NTC accounts on September 24.
BSU students can also apply for individual relief scholarships of up to $ 1,000, while NTC students can apply for up to $ 750. Individual ARP scholarships are also available for DACA eligible and international students. The application for individual ARP scholarships will be available on September 17 and will be distributed to eligible students as they arise.
To be eligible for fall 2021 ARP funding, students cannot have dropped out, withdrawn, or had a last day of attendance before September 4.