UPDATED: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)


Gabriella Gallardo

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EDITOR’s NOTE: This story is updated from the previous version to better distinguish the funding opportunities available to students right now. The original version resulted in some students sending applications to the wrong pool of funds. We regret the confusion.

On January 20th President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris announced the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to change the course of the pandemic, build a bridge towards economic recovery, and invest in racial justice. Part of the ARP includes funding for local schools, including the College of DuPage.  

On May 11th, Congressman Bill Foster, who represents the 11th Congressional District, announced $117 million in emergency funding for local colleges, universities and students. The funding will help local institutions like COD to help continue serving their students safely. In addition, at least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship. ARP provides up to $36 million to COD students.

ARP funds are coming in soon and will be important to help students. 

Currently, COD is supporting students with the prior act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), allocated through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) to the College of DuPage. These funds are to support students who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open to funding students with unmet needs on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are exhausted. CRRSAA funding eligibility requires that students be enrolled in a degree and/or certificate program, including online and non-credit programs. To find how to apply visit: https://www.cod.edu/coronavirus/crrsaa-act.aspx. The College is prioritizing the funding from CRRSAA before any other funding sources due to the flexibility the funds provide.

Questions regarding CRRSAA funding can be sent to [email protected]

Office of Student Financial Assistance Contact:

[email protected] | Student Services Center (630) 942-2251