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Student CARES Grant Funding

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

UA-PTC 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.  Please note that the following information serves as the final report that covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion Funds.

As of July 9, UA-PTC has disbursed $2,254,017 to 1,732 students. UA-PTC initially estimated that about 3,000 students would be eligible to participate in the 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 received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) student portion was $2,238,058. These funds were for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

How to Apply for CARES Grant Funding:

The application for CARES has closed. The deadline was Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Disbursement of Emergency Financial Aid Grants

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

UA-PTC distributed grants to eligible students who were enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester, had a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file, and completed the UA-PTC Emergency Grant Certification Form by June 10, 2020. Funds were disbursed to students via direct deposit and mail. Students were 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 had questions about direct deposit or the funds being mailed, they could have contacted Student Accounts at [email protected] or (501) 812-2278.

Students who had a completed FAFSA on file and those students who had been determined to be eligible for Federal Student Aid were 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 required 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 were not to be used for other purposes.

The initial amount of each grant awarded, the 2nd award amount awarded, and the total amount awarded were based on the following chart:

 SPRING 2020Initial CARES Grant Award per Student2nd CARES Grant Award per StudentTotal CARES Grant Awarded 
 Pell Eligible Full-Time Students (12 or more hours)

$1023$818$1,841 
 Pell Eligible Three-Quarter-Time Students (9-11 hours)

$767$614$1,381 
 Pell Eligible Half-Time Students (6-8 hours)

$512$410$922 
 Non-Pell Eligible Full-Time Students (12 or more hours)

$250$200$450 
 Non-Pell Eligible Three-Quarter-Time Students (9-11 hours)

$185$148$333 
 Non-Pell Eligible Half-Time Students (6-8 hours)

$125$100$225 
 Pell & Non-Pell Eligible Less Than Half-Time Students (1-5 hours)$100$80$180 

*Once the deadline of June 10, 2020 to submit the certification passed, the remaining “advanced funds” were equally redistributed to all eligible students to ensure fifty (50) percent of the formula grant funds (the “advanced funds”) were 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.

Letters from the Chancellor

2nd CARES Grant Award Notification

Quarterly Expenditure Reports for Institutional Funds