CARES Act Funding

The University of Alaska Anchorage has begun awarding the student portion of CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $2.7 million dollars.* These awards are to help with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. UAA’s plan was established to assist students with the greatest need, in accordance with federal guidelines, while ensuring there were adequate funds available for those students who did not meet the initial grant selection group criteria. 

Awards have been broken into two separate categories:

UAA Student Emergency Grant

Students who were identified as having the greatest need were selected based on Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) range from information provided on the FAFSA. A total of $1,972,500.00 (73% of the CARES initial allocation) has been allocated  to students who qualify within the PELL eligibility range. Students need not apply for this award, it has already been posted to student accounts and refunds will occur the week of May 3. Recipients of this group are being notified directly via email. To date, all of the $1,972,500.00 has been refunded to 2,467 students based on the following eligibility criteria:

  • Spring registration
  • UAA or extended campus primary degree program or certificate
  • Title IV eligible only
  • Good SAP
  • EFC zero to 5000 ($1000.00 full-time, $500.00 half-time award)

UAA Student Emergency Fund

$750,092.00 (27% of the CARES initial allocation) has been allocated to this program. This provides a mechanism, for those students who did not meet the greatest need criteria, to apply for assistance with qualifying expenses due to the coronavirus disruption. To receive assistance under this program, students may submit an electronic request form along with supporting documentation. To date, $194,426.00 has been refunded to 154 students' accounts based on the following eligibility criteria: 

  • UAA or extended campus primary degree program or certificate
  • Title IV eligible only
  • Good SAP
  • Cannot replace wages for dislocated student employees
  • Cannot be used to pay a UA bill directly, student can use for this purpose once it has been distributed to them if that is their wish

Can include food, shelter, medical needs, transportation needs, childcare, equipment/connectivity access, communications. 

The UAA Office of Financial Aid staff are 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. 


* 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, no less than 50 percent of the 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, is 5501.