HEERF I, II, III: CARES Act, CRRSAA, & ARP Funding Information

How has the money been spent?

Overview: Federal COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds for UAA Students

Common to all COVID-19 Stimulus and Relief packages, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Act legislation contains the requirement for UAA to offer this assistance to the neediest students, therefore based on federal methodology, use of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is critical in determining need for those without anecdotal or documented proof of economic hardship.  As such, and as with the first CARES Act student tranche of money, UAA  apportioned this money in two separate and distinct means to make distribution as equitable as possible while meeting the spirit of the regulation for financial need.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) HEERF III - Block Grant Awards

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan was signed into law. This provided an additional $10 million dollars in emergency financial assistance to award to students for COVID-19 related hardships experienced on or after December 27, 2020. HEERF III funds must prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Federal Pell Grants. Students did not apply for the block grant awards, they were posted automatically to student accounts and refunds occurred regardless of the status of the student account after add/drop. Students with uncashed checks after 180 days may lose eligibility for these funds. Any uncashed checks will be canceled and the funds will be reissued to eligible candidates in the next wave of student awards until fully exhausted.

On June 15, 2022 UAA awarded the third large-scale block grant of the 2021–2022 academic year for a total of $99,553.50 (0.99%) to 225 students ($442.46 each) based on the exceptional need requirement. All awards were based on the following criteria:

  • Summer registration, 6 or more credits
  • UAA or extended campus primary degree program or certificate
  • 2122 FAFSA 
  • EFC zero 

No additional grants will be distributed as all ARP funds have been expended. Students with uncashed checks after 180 days will lose eligibility for these funds. Any uncashed checks will be canceled and the funds will be reissued to eligible candidates prior to the expenditure deadline or returned. This notice serves as the University of Alaska Anchorage's final report.

The UAA Office of Financial Aid is here to help. To speak with a financial aid representative or to schedule an appointment, please call 907-786-1480, and select Option 4 from the main menu. 

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Institutional Funding Allocation

The University of Alaska Anchorage has received an institutional funding allocation of CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $21,427,950 from CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) and $1,672,598.00 from CARES Act Section 18004(a)(2).* As of the December 31, 2021 quarterly billing cycle end, these funds continued to have been used to provide additional emergency financial aid grants to students, reimbursements for tuition, housing, room and board, other fee refunds, or to purchase faculty and staff training in online instruction.

HEERF Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reports

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3)

* *This serves as acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, the full amount of the student funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, under ARP, is 10,895 based on our Fall 21/22 unduplicated student population as of the census date, as provided by Institutional Research.