ARPA Graduate Degree Completion Grant


The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Public Law 117-2 and signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of this funding, allocated to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and totaling $3.5 million, will be administered by The Graduate School in partnership with the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. The ARPA Graduate Degree Completion Grant will support graduate students whose progress toward degree completion has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


You are eligible if:

Application prioritization is as follows:

How to Apply

  1. Submit your application materials through the ARPA Graduate Degree Completion Grant application form in the online Rapid Admin Service Request (RASR) system.

    The ARPA application is now closed

  2. Application materials include:
    • Statement of COVID-19 impact, outlining in detail how your progress toward degree completion has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and what role the funds will have in your degree completion plans
    • Advisor Approval Formpdf icon to be completed by your advisor
  3. Your application will be routed to your Director of Graduate Studies for approval.
  4. The Graduate School will review applications and provide final approval. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.



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