UNCSA recognizes the extra expenses that students have faced due to the interruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UNCSA has been awarding emergency grants to students from multiple funds, including the student portion of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act from the U.S. Department of Education.
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, transportation, course materials, technology, health care and child care. UNCSA’s plan was established to assist students with immediate needs for relocation and completion of the spring term, and those students with the greatest need, in accordance with federal guidelines.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (HEERF) and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The institution has received $434,443.
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 609.
As of July 6, the University has awarded $425,100 to 447 students.
Students were notified via email on April 30, 2020, to inform them of the background and distribution process of the CARES-HEERF. Funds have been targeted to students who experienced the disruption of the Spring 2020 semester. To be eligible for these grants, students must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be deemed eligible for Title IV funding.
All CARES funds are being deposited directly to the student’s account and refunded to their bank via direct deposit. Students who have not signed up for direct deposit are encouraged to do so, but will receive checks if no direct deposit information is available. UNCSA began processing funds the week of May 4, 2020. No funds from HEERF will be applied to any outstanding or future balances on the student account in accordance with the terms of the CARES Act.