ARP Act Funding at UAF

Student awards information

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has awarded approximately half of the the student portion of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) act from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $2,091,300. 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. UAF’s plan was established to assist students with the greatest need, in accordance with federal guidelines. 

Awards have been broken into two separate categories:

  • UAF Higher Ed COVID Relief 3
    Students who were identified as having the greatest need were selected based on Estimated Family Contribution(EFC) range from information provided on the FAFSA and the number credits they enrolled in for the spring 2021 semester. A total of $2,091,300 (~49% of the ARP Act student allocation) has been awarded to 4,662 students who qualify for this category. Students need not apply for this award, it has already been posted to student accounts and refunds were sent to students beginning September 25, 2021. Recipients of this group were notified directly via email and text message.  A similar process will be used to award the remaining 49-50% of the ARP Act student allocation in the spring 2022 semester.  This webpage will be updated with the final figures after the spring semester awards have been disbursed.
  • UAF COVID Relief 3 Emergency Scholarship
    Approximately $30,000 (<1% of the ARP Act student allocation) will be awarded to students as emergency scholarships. This provides a mechanism for students who did not meet the greatest need criteria to apply for assistance by explaining their qualifying expenses due to the coronavirus disruption.

Students awarded from either category must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 3 credits for the fall 2021 semester.
  • Admitted as a degree-seeking student to UAF
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP)