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Stimulus and support: ARP funding available to OSU students

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Oklahoma State students enrolled at least part-time are eligible to apply for the grant.

Earlier this week, the Oklahoma State’s Department of Financial Aid announced applications were now open for the OSU Economic Stimulus Grant- ARP. 

OSU received funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a COVID-19 relief package. The grant is open to every student on the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses who are enrolled at least part time. 

The ARP Act, which provides over $30 billion in funding to universities across the country, aims to help support colleges and students who have been dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant would allow students to put the money on their bursar account as well as give students the opportunity to pay for college related expenses, like rent. 

The grant will be distributed to students based on the 2021-2022 FAFSA. While students are eligible to apply, funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed, according to OSU’s Office of Financial Aid website.

Kate Buckmaster, a sophomore, said she is not hopeful for her chances of being awarded any money. 

“I knew about it, but I probably won’t apply because I never qualify for stuff like this,” Buckmaster said. “COVID-19 has affected my expenses in some way, but I feel like they have largely stayed the same since I am having to buy online resources now rather than in person ones.” 

Students who do qualify would be awarded anywhere between $750 to $1,500. This amount would vary based on availability and corresponding FAFSA information. Although the grant is available to students, some did not know about it. Claire Stolfa, junior at OSU, said she was not aware of the ARP grant announcement that went out to students earlier this week. 

“I didn’t know about the stimulus grant, but it would definitely help me pay for some college expenses,” she said. “COVID-19 has made it a lot harder for me to find a job, and this grant would allow me to pay for more of my college out of pocket.” 

To fill out the application, students should log onto their MyOKstate portal through self service and locate the financial aid tab. An email sent to students by financial services said anyone who does receive this funding will be alerted through email.