The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act passed by Congress and signed by the President on March 11, 2021 included $17M for the Maine Community College System to provide emergency financial aid grants to their students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

ARP Act emergency funds may be used  for the following  ELIGIBLE EXPENSES:

  • housing,
  • food.
  • tuition and fees,
  • course materials,
  • technology (including computer and internet access),
  • health care and
  • child care


  • Enrolled in credit, degree, nondegree, noncredit classes at Eastern Maine Community College for Fall Semester 2021, and 
  • Have financial need and have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

APPLICATION for ARP Act Funds  Complete and submit the online application

NOTIFICATION: Students will be notified by campus email from the Business Office if they are approved to receive a Federal ARP grant.

PAYMENTS:  Students selected for Federal ARP funds will receive a check, mailed to their address as posted on MyEMCC.

QUESTIONS:   Contact with questions about ARP grant processing.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act (also referred to as: HEERF/CRRSAA/Cares Act ) Frequently Asked Questions:

I am an International student do I qualify?

Students who are refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers, and similar undocumented students qualify for ARP (HEERF III) student grants.

Will I have to pay back the ARP Grant funds?

No, APR Act Grant funds are considered a federal student aid grant which will not need to be paid back.

However, as of  January 19, 2021, the IRS notice does not waive 1098-T reporting requirement for payments received for QTRE (qualified tuition and related expenses) from CRRSAA grants. CRRSAA grant awards may be reported on your 2021 1098-T for tax filing purposes.

Other Financial Assistance from EMCC:  If you are eligible to file a FAFSA but have not yet filed for 2021-22, please file at