American Rescue Plan (ARP/HEERF III)

Oberlin College is preparing to disburse emergency student aid through the third round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF). HEERF III is authorized by the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP), which was signed into law on March 11, 2021 to provide support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.


When and how will Oberlin College distribute HEERF III grants to students?

Oberlin will disburse HEERF III funds to students in three stages:


·       August 20, 2021: Block grants to eligible students enrolled at Oberlin for summer semester 2021;

·       September 3, 2021: Block grants to eligible students who were enrolled at Oberlin in 2020-21 and are registered at Oberlin for fall semester 2021; and

·       October 22, 2021: Block grants to eligible first-year and transfer students who matriculate at Oberlin in fall 2021.


Grant funds will be disbursed directly to students by paper check or by direct deposit to a banking institution designated by the student.


How can I register for direct deposit?

Students are encouraged to set up direct deposit to receive the HEERF III funds. To set up direct deposit, go to and follow the instructions to set up direct deposit by the dates below:


·       August 18, 2021 for students eligible for the August 20, 2021 distribution;

·       September 1, 2021 for students eligible for the September 3, 2021 distribution; and

·       October 20, 2021 for students eligible for the October 22, 2021 distribution.


For students not registered for direct deposit, checks will be mailed to their Oberlin OCMR.


What criteria did Oberlin use to determine eligibility for HEERF III grants?

Per federal guidance, Oberlin is awarding aid to students with demonstrated financial need, with priority given to students with the greatest need. To that end, Oberlin is initially awarding emergency grants to students who applied for financial aid during the 2020-21 academic year. Based on financial need, eligible students will receive $1,500, $900, or $600 from the HEERF III funding.


Students who do not initially receive funding through the block-grant process can apply for assistance at, as the College has set aside monies for this purpose. Funds will be disbursed on a rolling basis.


Will a HEERF emergency grant affect my financial aid?

HEERF payments will not affect regular financial aid.


If a student has a need for additional funding, is more assistance available?

If students have additional need, they may apply for additional support at Funds will be disbursed on a rolling basis.


Where can I get more information?

For additional information, contact or 1-800-693-3173.