CARES Funding Information

The deadline to apply for CARES funding at Arkansas Tech University was 5:00 pm June 30, 2020. If we receive any additional funds in the future we will send out notification. 

We know the past few months have been difficult for everyone with new challenges and new obstacles. Our mission at Arkansas Tech University is to support and empower students in their quest to transform their lives. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed by Congress to help provide economic relief from the national emergency created by COVID-19. One portion of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) which provides the opportunity for emergency financial aid grants to help cover a student's expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 

CARES/HEERF Act grants will be administered by Arkansas Tech, and awarded to:

The exclusively online programs are:  

Undergraduate:

Logistics

RN to BSN

Graduate:

MBA - all options

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Special Education B-K Licensure

Special Education K-12 Licensure

M.Ed. Special Education K-12

Special Education Endorsement

M.S. Health Informatics

M.Ed. Instructional Technology (both options)

M.Ed. K-12 Literacy

M.Ed. K-12 Literacy - Dyslexia Therapist

M.S.N.  Nursing Administration and Emergency Management

Online Teaching (Graduate Certificate)

These grant funds are to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  Allowable funding requests are to help cover food, technology, housing, health care, child care, and/or course materials.

Arkansas Tech will use an application to determine eligibility for the grant. Processing time may take up to two weeks.

Students who may be eligible for funding for the Spring 2020 term should:

If awarded, the funds will be processed with Tech's refund process. If you are signed up for direct deposit, your grant will be deposited directly into your account.  If you are not signed up for direct deposit, your grant will be sent to the mailing address on the system.  You can sign up for direct deposit at least two days prior to award. 

To sign up for direct deposit, a student should: 

Consistent with the Department of Education's regulations, the grant will not be used to cover any current charges you may owe the university.

The funding each school receives is limited, so the grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is depleted.

For more information about the CARES/HEERF Act Grants contact the Financial Aid Office at fa.help@atu.edu

The deadline to apply for CARES funding at Arkansas Tech University was 5:00 pm June 30, 2020. If we receive any additional funds in the future we will send out notification. 

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Disbursement INFORMATION

This information will be updated as applications are processed. 

Total Federal Award: $3,549,493
 
Amount of funds disbursed:  $3,549,465.43
 
Number of students receiving awards: 4,338
 
Disbursement information is as of September 30, 2020.
 
Arkansas Tech University submitted the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on 04-15-20 with the intention of using 50% or more of the CARES Act funds for emergency financial aid grants to students. Arkansas Tech University has approximately 6,161 students who may be eligible for the CARES Act funds.
 

cares act grant award quarterly report

September 30, 2020 Quarterly Report

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. If you were enrolled in the Spring 2020 term, put this term on the application.
You can request funding for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, for food, technology, housing, health care, child care, or course materials. For example, if you had to buy new cables for your computer, or upgrade your internet service - you would choose technology. If you had to move out of the residence hall, you could choose housing and food, because you had to unexpectedly find a new place to live and eat, or go home. If you had to buy new books or log-in codes for your classes to be able to access them online, you could choose course materials.

The above are only examples. 

You do not have to provide receipts, just choose the one(s) which best fit your individual situation.

It is okay. It is an anticipated graduation date, for information purposes only. 

It is okay. This is the major on the system as of now, but like the graduation date, it is just for information purposes only.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted to students who:

  • Are current undergraduate or graduate students,
  • Have a FAFSA on file,
  • Are eligible to receive Title IV (federal loans, grants, and work-study) funds, and
  • Are not enrolled in an exclusively online program. 

Currently, the exclusively online undergraduate programs are:

Undergraduate:

Logistics 

RN to BSN

 

Graduate:

 

MBA - all options

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Special Education B-K Licensure

Special Education K-12 Licensure

M.Ed. Special Education K-12

Special Education Endorsement

M.S. Health Informatics

M.Ed. Instructional Technology (both options)

M.Ed. K-12 Literacy

M.Ed. K-12 Literacy - Dyslexia Therapist

M.S.N.  Nursing Administration and Emergency Management

Online Teaching (Graduate Certificate)

 In order to be eligible for an award you must:

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student,
  • Have a FAFSA on file,
  • Be eligible to receive Title IV (federal loans, grants, and work-study) funds, and
  • Be enrolled in a program OTHER than an exclusively online program. 

Another reason you may be ineligible for funding is that Tech is out of funds.

Currently, the exclusively online undergraduate programs are:

Undergraduate:

Logistics 

RN to BSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Graduate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MBA - all options

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Special Education B-K Licensure

Special Education K-12 Licensure

M.Ed. Special Education K-12

Special Education Endorsement

M.S. Health Informatics

M.Ed. Instructional Technology (both options)

M.Ed. K-12 Literacy

M.Ed. K-12 Literacy - Dyslexia Therapist

M.S.N.  Nursing Administration and Emergency Management

Online Teaching (Graduate Certificate)

No. The CARES Act has several sections. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is the section approved to allow higher education institutions the opportunity to administer emergency financial aid grants to help cover a student's expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. 
No.  Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.  This grant is not includible in your gross income.