COVID-19 Relief

American Rescue Plan (ARP/HEERF III Grant)

The ARP/HEERF III Act provides money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campos operations due to the coronavirus.



FAQ’s for Student Funding

If you have any additional questions regarding the application, please contact Raquel Vazquez at CovidRelief@ucc.edu or call 908-709-7494.

Q. Who is eligible for funding under this program?

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in an Associate’s degree or Certificate program at UCC during 2021 Fall or 2022 Spring semester(s). If you have extraordinary financial hardship related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you can apply.

Q. What expenses are covered under the ARP/HEERF III funding?

The following expenses can be considered for grant assistance if they were incurred in “direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.”

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Health care
  • Childcare
  • Technology-related expenses
    (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved to remote instruction)
  • Tuition
  • Other

Note: The ARP/HEERF III Grant stipulates that the emergency funds cannot be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Q. How much funding will I receive?
Funds are limited. For students applying for emergency aid, grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received and the specific needs presented in the application. Union County College cannot guarantee that all applications submitted will be funded.

Q. When will we know the results?

The College’s goal is to award the emergency funds as soon as possible. You will receive a notification via your student email if you are awarded or deemed ineligible.

Q. How do students receive the money?

Students will receive a refund check via US mail to the address on file.

Q. Will these funds impact current or future financial aid?

No. This funding is not financial aid, it is emergency relief funding from Congress.