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Student CARES Grant Funding

Friday, May 29, 2020

UA-PTC has signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement form for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to eligible UA-PTC students who were enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester.

UA-PTC has already made over 500 awards to eligible students and funds will begin to get disbursed during the week of May 11, 2020. UA-PTC estimates that about 3,000 UA-PTC students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.

The total amount UA-PTC will receive under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) student portion will be $2,238,058. These funds are for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

How to Apply for CARES Grant Funding:

Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. Eligibility is verified by student completion of the following two items:

1. If not already completed, students must complete a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to demonstrate the needed eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA. This application must be received by UA-PTC by Wednesday June 10 and can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

2. Any student enrolled in one or more face-to-face or internet assisted course on March 1, 2020, must log in to the UA-PTC Campus Portal at www.uaptc.edu/portal, click on the “Student” tab and complete the UA-PTC Emergency Grant Certification Form by Wednesday June 10 to document they have experienced a disruption of campus operation due to the coronavirus in order to be considered for an emergency financial aid grant if the student otherwise qualifies.

Students who were enrolled exclusively in online courses on March 1, 2020, the designated date of the President’s Official Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants.

Students who are not seeking a degree or certificate, do not have a high school diploma or GED, are in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, or are an international student are not eligible for the emergency financial aid grant.

If you have questions about eligibility requirements, please contact UA-PTC’s Dean of Admissions and Financial, John Lewis, at [email protected] or (501) 812-2233.

Disbursement of Emergency Financial Aid Grants

The amount of each award will be based on the number of credit hours in which a qualified student was enrolled on March 1, 2020, and the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by their completed 2019-2020 FAFSA.

UA-PTC will distribute grants to eligible students who were enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester, have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file, and complete the UA-PTC Emergency Grant Certification Form by June 10, 2020. Funds will be disbursed to students via direct deposit or mail. Students are able to sign up for direct deposit by logging in to the UA-PTC Campus Portal at www.uaptc.edu/portal, selecting the “Student” tab, selecting "Nelnet Enterprise" and clicking "Student Choice Refunds." If students have questions about direct deposit or the funds being mailed, they can contact Student Accounts at [email protected] or (501) 812-2278.

Students who have a completed FAFSA on file and those students who have been determined to be eligible for Federal Student Aid will be awarded the grant. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include, but are not limited to, the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.

The CARES Act expressly requires that institutions provide the emergency financial aid grants directly to students “for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare)”. Funds may not be used for other purposes.

The initial amount of each grant awarded will be based on the following chart:

  SPRING 2020   Initial CARES Grant Award per Student  


Pell Eligible Full-Time Students (12 or more hours)

$1023
Pell Eligible Three-Quarter-Time Students (9-11 hours)

$767

Pell Eligible Half-Time Students (6-8 hours)

$512
Non-Pell Eligible Full-Time Students (12 or more hours)

$250


Non-Pell Eligible Three-Quarter-Time Students (9-11 hours)

$185
Non-Pell Eligible Half-Time Students (6-8 hours)

$125
  Pell & Non-Pell Eligible Less Than Half-Time Students (1-5 hours) $100

* Once the deadline of June 10, 2020 to submit the certification has passed, the remaining “advanced funds” will be equally redistributed to all eligible students to ensure fifty (50) percent of the formula grant funds (the “advanced funds”) are used for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

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