The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

Rhode Island College received funding under the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP), that was signed into federal law on March 11 2021. The Act included the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III to support college students whose education has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The specific purpose of these funds is to provide financial aid grants to students.

Rhode Island College distributed these resources to over 6,000 RIC students. Students were encouraged to check their RIC email account for more information about the American Recue Grant.  

The ARP HEERF III funds could be used for expenses from any component of a student's cost of attendance at RIC, and/or for emergency costs due to the pandemic. 

Examples of Cost of Attendance Include: 
Tuition and Fees: 
  • Students can choose to apply the funds directly to their RIC student account to pay tuition charges that were incurred after December 27, 2020. 
  • Students who have an overdue tuition balance or financial hold from the Fall 2021 semester can choose to use the funds to make a payment toward an account’s outstanding balance. 
  • Students can also choose to use the funds toward a current Spring 2022 tuition balance. Bills for Spring 2022 will be due beginning January 4, 2022. 

Students who wish to apply all or some or all of the American Rescue Plan Student Grant toward tuition and fees must make a payment through one of the College's preferred methods:

  1. Electronic payment
  2. Mail a check to Rhode Island College
  3. In-person payment by cash or check. You can pay in person by cash or check at the Bursar's Office during regular business hours, Building 4, East Campus. Credit card payments are only accepted electronically.

To learn more, visit the Bursar's website regarding payment information.
Textbooks and course materials: 

  • Students can choose to use the funds to purchase textbooks, course materials or other supplies they need for their classes. 

Technology for Learning: 

  • Students can choose to use the funds to help with the purchase of technology used for taking courses. For example, students who borrowed technology from the User Support Services IT helpdesk or Adams Library for online learning may choose to use the funds toward acquiring their own personal technology.

Examples of Emergency Costs Due to the Coronavirus Include: 

  • food  
  • housing 
  • health care (including mental health care)  
  • childcare 

Rhode Island College posted the American Rescue Grants to student’s Financial Aid Award Panel in MyRIC. The funds were issued electronically through our refunding processor BankMobile.  Additional information about this process may be found at BankMobile Refund Choices.

Should you have questions about the RIC American Rescue Grant, please contact the Financial Aid Office via email at


There are limited remaining higher education emergency relief funds available via the American Rescue Plan for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Please visit and complete the American Rescue Plan Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Request Form to learn more and to be considered for an ARP II Grant.

Rhode Island College entrance

If you have questions, contact

Office of Financial Aid

The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to assist students and their families in funding educational costs at Rhode Island College.

Office of the Bursar

The office of the Bursar provides information related to tuition rates and fees, as well as payment options and billing deadlines. Student loan information is also available.​​​​