CARES Act Relief Fund

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19.  One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  Under the HEERF, funds were sent to schools to provide refundable emergency grants to students.  These funds were to provide relief for expenses related to the disruption of instruction due to the pandemic.

The University of Arkansas System eVersity has signed and returned to the US Department of Education the required Certification and Agreement.  eVersity received $218,618 from HEERF and used these funds to provide refundable Emergency Aid Grants to students.  All students who were classified as “active” who had submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the time the report was created were eligible to receive a grant.

The breakdown of number of students and awards made is as follows:

• Total Eligible Students: 344
• Total Student Assisted: 344
• Total Amount Awarded: $218,500

Students were notified by the email below: 

Dear ______,

We hope that your course is going well and that you and your family are healthy and safe. We’re writing today to share some good news!

On Dec. 27, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental

Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), which provided the University of Arkansas System eVersity with funding for emergency aid grants for some of our students. Because you were identified as a student with financial need, you have been awarded an eVersity CARES Grant. 

This is a one-time grant. These funds will be sent to you as a stipend within the next few days.  If you do not have any emergency needs, we encourage you to use your stipend to meet your current financial obligations or upcoming living expenses.

To view your grant information, please log in to your student portal at mybiz.eversity.edu/cmcportal/. Please make sure you have set up your direct deposit information through your BankMobile account so your stipend may be deposited into the account you designated. If you need assistance with BankMobile, please contact our Student Accounts Manager, Debbie Strahan, at dstrahan@eversity.edu.

We hope this grant will help ease some of the financial strain caused by the pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns about these funds, please contact Alexandra Tubbs, Director of Financial Aid, at atubbs@eversity.edu. 

Have a safe and successful session!

Sincerely,

The Office of Financial Aid