American Rescue Plan (ARP)  /  Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III
MCCC Public Reports

A letter from MCCC's President

Student Financial Assistance Available

Dear Student,

I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. The COVID-19 pandemic has made your life difficult, academically, emotionally, and financially.

The good news is that help is here. Through the federal Stimulus Relief Bill, funds have been made available to assist you.

Funds are limited. So act now. I urge you to contact us to connect and speak directly with someone to help guide you. (Email or visit the Virtual OneStop.)

At Mercer, we continue to be committed to helping you stay on track and complete your study at Mercer. I hope you will take advantage of this exceptional opportunity.

Please stay safe and healthy. I hope to see you on campus in the near future. More importantly, I look forward to shaking your hands at your graduation!

Dr. Jianping Wang
Mercer County Community College

ARP funds are in addition to funds authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), and the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. They all are in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mercer County Community College will be using an online application process to develop the list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted ARP funds. The College will review applications on a rolling basis and award until all grant funds are expended.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete the MCCC HEERF III / ARP Funds Application
  • Must be currently enrolled
  • Eligible students include:
    • citizens
    • permanent residents
    • international students
    • refugees
    • asylum seekers
    • DACA recipients
    • Other DREAMers and similar undocumented students

Steps for Applying

Complete and submit the online ARP Funds Request Application. The application link will also be sent to all currently REGISTERED students at their MCCC student email address.

Students can also access the ARP Funds Request Application via their MyMercer Student Portal at

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning CRRSAA Student Funding

Who is eligible for consideration for funding under this program?

To be eligible, you must be registered for classes during the Fall 2021 semester. Those classes may be in-person or online or a combination of both. The College will emphasize students with exceptional need in its application/consideration process. Students planning to take courses for Fall 2021 are encouraged to register immediately to be considered for award funding. The Fall 2021 awards will be disbursed after the end of the Fall Semester Add and Drop period.

What if I previously applied for funding under the CARES Act?

If you previously applied for funding under the CARES Act and received funds, you need to apply again. If you did not receive funding, you are encouraged to apply again, as the United States Department of Education for this round of funding has relaxed some of the prior requirements for eligibility.

What can the CRRSAA funding help me with?

The funding may help with tuition and fees, technology needs and course, and additional expenses including child care expenses, housing, and food. Funds are limited. Mercer County Community College cannot guarantee that all applications submitted will receive funding. We encourage students to apply immediately! The College will review applications on a rolling basis and will award until all grant funds have been expended. ACT NOW!

Will these funds impact current or future financial aid?

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