Are you a Rhodes State student in need of financial assistance? We want to help!

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021 to provide emergency assistance to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This represents the third stream of funding appropriated, with approximately $39.6 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. There are several ways Rhodes State has been distributing these funds:


Rhodes State has a minimal amount of remaining HEERF Emergency Funds to distribute.  In order to ensure we carefully monitor these remaining funds, the application will close at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 25th.  We will then process the applications and award funds on a first-come, first-served basis until our remaining funds have been exhausted.  If there are any funds remaining after August 25th, we will reopen the application for another week.  Please make sure to check your Rhodes State student email for updates.

The Fall 2023 semester will be the final semester we will award HEERF Emergency Grants.

Rhodes State knows students can experience a variety of unexpected situations impacting financial stability which may jeopardize their enrollment and academic success. This is especially true during the current Coronavirus National Emergency. To offset some of these financial strains, Rhodes State College has established a Student Emergency Grant.

Students will only be permitted to submit one request per semester.

Funds may be used for:

  • Food
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Technology
  • Health Care (including mental health care)
  • Child Care
  • Course Materials (included Textbooks)

In order to qualify, a student must be enrolled in at least 1 class for the current semester, have not received an emergency grant for the current semester, and cannot be enrolled through the College Credit Plus Program.

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Please note: Students will need to provide direct deposit information in the application process. Unfortunately, College Credit Plus (CCP) students are not eligible to apply according to HEERF rules. 

If you are currently struggling to pay for school because of a loss or reduction of employment, wages, or unemployment compensation; or divorce, separation, or death of spouse or parent, you may be able to have your FAFSA reevaluated to see if you qualify for a Pell Grant or a Subsidized Loan. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information by email at

Please be aware that emergency grants provided by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund are not taxable.  For more information, please click here.