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All financial aid funds are applied to the student bill beginning the first week of school each semester provided the student and/or parent has completed all tasks for the aid to pay. Please review your Ursa account to make sure you have accepted your aid and completed any loan lender tasks required. 

All financial aid refunds will be provided by a mailed check or a direct deposit. Students will not be able to pick up refund checks at Bear Central in efforts to comply with UNC’s social distancing, health and safety measures.  

HEERF III Emergency Funds

The Federal 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act provides supplemental Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) dollars to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students that can be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance (COA) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, fees, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.  

As of August 1, 2021, and with the encouragement of the U.S. Federal Government, UNC Administration has approved the use of limited HEERF III funds for individuals who were impacted by COVID-19 and have past due balances at UNC from Spring or Fall 2020 or Spring or Summer 2021. Students in these categories are eligible to apply for limited Institutional HEERF III funds in order to help resolve their past due balances. Eligible students interested in applying for help with past due balances due to COVID-19 should contact either Geri Landwehr or Marty Somero for more information. Students should be prepared to provide a detailed explanation about how COVID-19 impacted their ability to pay UNC as well as present any requested documentation.

UNC will begin disbursing additional HEERF III Act funds beginning the week of August 16, 2021 to eligible students who have been impacted by COVID-19. See FAQ below for additional information on eligibility.

Additional HEERF III funds from the Student share of funds will be made available as soon as details are known. Students are encouraged to check their BearMail as more information becomes available. 

As of 10/4/21, UNC has distributed 7,451 refunds for $5,163,069 in HEERF III Funds and $13,090,147.82 for 24,846 awards overall.

 

Additional Information

If you have questions about the disbursement of your emergency grant funding, please contact the Bursar's Office at 970-351-4862 (option 3) or bursar@unco.edu

All other questions may be directs to the Office of Financial Aid at
970-351-4862 (option 1) or ofa@unco.edu

Frequently Asked Questions 

Find answers to frequently asked questions about HEERF III Act funds.

  • I am a student with need who is eligible for HEERF III Act funding. What do I do?
    • Eligible students at the University of Northern Colorado during the Fall 2021 semester will be offered an emergency grant based on a sliding scale determined by their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). These students received an email on August 17, 2021.

    • We understand that these hardships may have impacted many aspects of your life. If you require additional support, UNC has set aside additional funding to address ongoing need and support students who were significantly impacted by COVID-19. Please watch your BearMail for more information about additional HEERF III funding requests.

    • Students impacted by COVID-19 who were enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado during the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters, and meet the criteria below, will be offered an emergency grant.
      • Degree-seeking students (UG and GR)
      • Last enrolled Fall '20 or Spring '21
      • Not enrolled Fall '21 (these students have been awarded separately)
      • EFC on file and EFC is less than $10,000
      For students who did not graduate, award amounts will follow the EFC scale above (ranging from $600 to $1,200 based on EFC). Students who have graduated will only receive funds if they still have an A/R balance (demonstrates need) and will receive a flat award of $600. These students will receive an email on August 20, 2021. Certification must be completed by September 30, 2021 to receive funds.

      Students who were enrolled in at least 1 credit hour were allowed the opportunity to certify for funds through September 30, 2021 at which point students were automatically awarded emergency grant funds. An email was sent on October 5, 2021 to eligible students who received automatic awards as outlined below using the same EFC eligibility ranges.

    • Enrolled Fall 2021 and have at least 1 billing credit hour
    • Not fully dropped/withdrawn for Fall 2021
    • Includes International/Non-Resident Alien Students*
    • Includes DACA Students*

    * Excludes HS concurrent, Aims2UNC, UNC/Mines teaching licensure partnership and CO School of Public Health MPH students.

  • What expenses can be considered for HEERF III Act funding? 

    The following is a list of Cost of Attendance (COA) expenses that can be considered for HEERF III grant assistance:

    • Food
    • Tuition
    • Fees
    • Housing
    • Books and course materials
    • Health care (including mental health care)
    • Childcare
    • Technology-related expenses (e.g., having to buy a computer when courses moved online)
    • Transportation
  • I am an eligible student. How much will I receive?

    UNC received $11 million in HEERF III Act funds to disburse to eligible students. Following federal recommendations and using the FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC), UNC has reviewed students’ socioeconomic status to determine the amount of initial grants. UNC will provide initial grants to eligible students based on the EFC table below:

    EFC Category

    HEERF III Act Amount

    $0

     $  1,200

    $1 - $5,576

     $  1,000

    $5,577 - $8,364

     $   800

    $8,365 - $9,999

     $   600

    $10,000+

     $   400

     All other eligible students

     $   300

    • Students enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado during the Fall 2021 semester will be eligible for an emergency grant based on a sliding scale determined by their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). These students received an email on August 17, 2021.

    • Students impacted by COVID-19 who were enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado during the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters, and meet the criteria below, will be offered an emergency grant.
      • Degree-seeking students (UG and GR)
      • Last enrolled Fall '20 or Spring '21
      • Not enrolled Fall '21 (these students are being awarded separately)
      • EFC on file and EFC is less than $10,000
      For students who did not graduate, award amounts will follow the EFC scale above (ranging from $600 to $1,200 based on EFC). Students who have graduated will only receive funds if they still have an A/R balance (demonstrates need) and will receive a flat award of $600. These students will receive an email on August 20, 2021. Certification must be completed by September 30, 2021 to receive funds.

      Students who were enrolled in at least 1 credit hour were allowed the opportunity to certify for funds through September 30, 2021 at which point students were automatically awarded emergency grant funds. An email was sent on October 5, 2021 to eligible students who received automatic awards as outlined below using the same EFC eligibility ranges (see chart above).

    • Enrolled Fall 2021 and have at least 1 billing credit hour
    • Not fully dropped/withdrawn for Fall 2021
    • Includes International/Non-Resident Alien Students*
    • Includes DACA Students*

    * Excludes HS concurrent, Aims2UNC, UNC/Mines teaching licensure partnership and CO School of Public Health MPH students.

  • When will I receive my HEERF III Act Money?

    UNC will begin disbursing funds in August 2021. To access these funds, please complete a HEERF III Act certification form confirming that you have incurred expenses in at least one of the areas listed above. Please check your BearMail for this certification form. No additional application is necessary. Once you have completed the form, please allow up to two weeks for processing your emergency grant as funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    An email was sent to the BearMail account for eligible students at the University of Northern Colorado for the Fall 2021 semester on August 17, 2021, which included more information and the required link to the certification form. 

    An email was sent to the eligible students at the University of Northern Colorado during the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters on August 20, 2021, which included more information and the required link to the certification form. 

    An email was sent to eligible students on October 5, 2021 who were sent auto awards outlining how they would receive their funding.

  • How will I receive my HEERF III Act money?

    All HEERF III funds will be processed through student accounts. You will have the choice of receiving these funds in full or having them applied to your student account.

    If you elect to receive a full refund of HEERF III funds, then they will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in direct deposit (learn how to set up a direct deposit here). Please make sure your bank account information is up to date. Students without direct deposit  will receive a refund check in the mail and should make sure their address is up to date in Ursa.

    Note: If you still have a balance on your student account in Ursa, remember you are still responsible for payment of that balance.

    If you have not reset your password within the last 365 days, please do so before accessing Ursa or OnBase. Please visit our website for instructions on resetting your password. If you have an issue authenticating or completing the form, please contact the Technical Support Center at (970) 351-4357 or (800) 545-2331.

    If you chose to have your HEERF III funds applied to your student bill, you will see those funds as a credit on your account in Ursa. Any refund from these grants will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in direct deposit.

  • What if I still owe UNC for tuition or other expenses?

    All HEERF III funds will be processed through student accounts. You will have the choice of receiving these funds in full or having them applied to your student account.

    If you choose to get the full refund and or still owe a balance on your student account in Ursa after it is applied to your account, then you are still responsible for payment of that balance.

  • Will HEERF III Act funds impact my current or future financial aid?

    No. This funding is not financial aid, it is an emergency relief funding from the U.S. Congress.

  • Will I have to pay taxes of HEERF III Act funds?

    The IRS recently announced that emergency grants provided to students under the first CARES Act, HEERF II and this most recent HEERF III Act are not to be included in a student’s gross income and, thus, are not taxable.

HEERF II Emergency Funds

The recently enacted Federal 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act provided supplemental Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) dollars to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students that can be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance (COA) or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, fees, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.  

The University of Northern Colorado is distributing over $4.1 million in HEERF II Act funding in a way that prioritizes eligible students with the greatest demonstrated need and ensures that funds are distributed as widely as possible. This pool of funding will be allocated to students through various methods. First, more than three-fourths of the funds, nearly $3.5 million, was allocated directly to all Title IV-eligible students with the amount of each student’s emergency grant being determined on a sliding scale based on their Expected Family Contribution. The next round of funds was made available through an application process to eligible students enrolled in spring 2021 semester who continued to face significant financial hardship.

Students enrolled in spring 2021 who were eligible for HEERF II funds received emails between late May and June indicating they have remaining eligibility if they continued to face significant financial hardship.

The remaining HEERF II funds will be made available to eligible students who are enrolled in summer 2021 semester. An email was sent to students’ BearMail on July 6 and included a link to the certification form.

Additional Information

If you have questions about the disbursement of your emergency grant funding, please contact the Bursar's Office at 970-351-4862 (option 3) or bursar@unco.edu

All other questions may be directs to the Office of Financial Aid at
970-351-4862 (option 1) or ofa@unco.edu

Frequently Asked Questions 

Find answers to frequently asked questions about HEERF II Act funds.

  • I am a student with need who is eligible for HEERF II Act funding. What do I do?

    HEERF II Act funding for eligible students will be distributed in two ways:

    1. Direct funds will be made to Title-IV eligible students taking into account socioeconomic status as recommended by the U.S. Department of Education. The university will communicate directly to those recipients about HEERF II Act funds through their Bear Mail. These students will not need to submit an application to receive this portion of HEERF II Act funds but will be required to certify their needs for funding. 

    2. Remaining HEERF II Act funds will be made available to other eligible students with demonstrated and documented additional need through a separate application process. Students who were enrolled in spring 2021 and/or summer 2021 courses may be eligible for additional HEERF II Act funds. The certification form for summer 2021 students will be available in early July.
  • What if I need financial assistance during the 2021-22 academic year?

    We know that the financial impact of COVID-19 on our students and their families will not be limited to the spring semester and that some students will need to request additional support to continue their studies in the summer, fall, and next spring.  We are hoping that even more additional federal Cares funds may become available. We will continue to monitor and update students as more information becomes available. UNC encourages all students to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    For current students filing a 2021-22 FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to take loss of income into consideration for other institutional, state or federal aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information ofa@unco.edu or 970-351-4862 (option 1).

  • What expenses can be considered for HEERF II Act funding?

    The following is a list of Cost of Attendance (COA) expenses that can be considered for HEERF II grant assistance:

    • Food
    • Tuition
    • Fees
    • Housing
    • Books and course materials
    • Health care (including mental health care)
    • Childcare
    • Technology-related expenses (e.g., having to buy a computer when courses moved online)
    • Transportation
  • Who is eligible for HEERF II Act funding? 

    UNC HEERF II grant assistance, automatic awards will be made to students who are Title-IV aid eligible. This means students should have an eligible FAFSA on file with UNC. Recent federal guidance further clarified who may receive HEERF II Act funds and unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not allow HEERF II grant assistance to be used for international, ASSET, DACA, or undocumented students.  

    UNC, however, has set aside a limited amount of donor funds for undergraduate and graduate students who are not eligible for HEERF II Act funding. Non HEERF II eligible students may apply at: https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_agZv6A3eiudP23H

  • Do I have to file a FAFSA to receive HEERF II Act funds?

    UNC encourages all students to file a FAFSA in order to prove Title-IV eligibility.

    UNC HEERF II fund assistance, automatic awards will be made to students who are Title-IV aid eligible. This means students should have an eligible FAFSA on file with UNC.

    Students who wish to be considered for HEERF II based upon Title-IV eligibility in spring 2021 and have not filled out a 2020-21 FAFSA can file for FASFA here. Students who file a FAFSA after the date on these notifications of eligibility from UNC should work with the Office of Financial Aid in order to determine possible eligibility.    

    Remaining HEERF II funds will be made available to other eligible students with demonstrated and documented additional need through an additional review. Students who are enrolled in spring 2021 and/or summer 2021 courses may be eligible for additional HEERF II Act funds. The criteria and process to apply for summer 2021 was sent to eligible students’ BearMail in early July.

  • I am a student with need who is eligible for HEERF II Act funding.  What do I do? 

    HEERF II Act funding for eligible students will be distributed in two ways:

    1. Direct funds will be made to Title-IV eligible students taking into account socioeconomic status as requested by the U.S. Department of Education. The university will communicate directly to those recipients about HEERF II funds through their Bear Mail. These students do not need to submit an application to receive this portion of HEERF II Act funds but will be required to certify their needs for funding consideration.

    2. Remaining HEERF II Act funds will be made available to other eligible students with demonstrated and documented additional need through a separate application process that will be coming soon.
  • I am an eligible student. How much will I receive?

    UNC received $4,107,567 of HEERF II Act funds to disburse to over 6,500 Title-IV eligible students. Following federal recommendations and using the FAFSA expected family contribution (EFC), UNC has reviewed students’ socioeconomic status to determine the amount of initial grants. UNC will make approximately $3.5 million in grants to eligible students based on the EFC table below:

    EFC Category

    CARES Act Amount

    $0

     $  750

    $1 - $5,576

     $  650

    $5,577 - $8,364

     $   550

    $8,365 - $9,999

     $   450

    $10,000+

     $    350

     All other eligible students

     $    250

    Students with an outstanding bill for the spring 2021 semester and were impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to receive funds.  Funds will be available to those who are eligible as long as they complete the certification process by June 7, 2021.  Students can request to have their funds applied to their outstanding balance at UNC through the certification process.

    If funds remain in July, students registered for the summer 2021 term who are eligible for Title IV funds may be eligible for additional disbursements based on their EFC. 

    UNC has identified additional HEERF II funds for eligible students for the summer 2021 semester who have been impacted by COVID-19 and will provide grants to eligible students based on their expected family contribution (EFC). See table below:

    EFC Category

    CARES Act Amount

    $0

     $  600

    $1 - $5,576

     $  500

    $5,577 - $8,364

     $  400

    $8,365 - $9,999

     $  300

    $10,000+

     $  200

     All other eligible students

     $  100

  • When will I receive my HEERF II Act money?

    UNC will begin disbursing funds throughout the spring 2021 and summer 2021 terms. To access these funds, you must complete a HEERF II Act certification form confirming that you have incurred expenses in at least one of the areas listed above. Please check your Bear Mail for this certification form. No additional application is necessary. Once you have completed the form, please allow up to two weeks for processing your emergency grant as funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    An email was sent to eligible students' Bear Mail on July 6 that includes more information and the required link to the certification form.  

  • How will I receive my HEERF II Act money?

    All HEERF II funds will be processed through student accounts. You will have the choice of receiving these funds in full or having them applied to your student account.

    If you elect to receive a full refund of HEERF II funds, then they will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in direct deposit (learn how to set up a direct deposit here)Students without direct deposit  will receive a refund check in the mail and should make sure their address is up to date in Ursa.

    Note: If you still have a balance on your student account in Ursa, remember you are still responsible for payment of that balance.

    If you chose to have your HEERF II funds apply to your student bill, you will see those funds as a credit on your account in Ursa. Any refund from these grants will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in direct deposit.  . 

  • What if I still owe UNC for tuition or other expenses?

    All HEERF II funds will be processed through student accounts. You will have the choice of receiving these funds in full or having them applied to your student account.

    If you choose to get the full refund and or still owe a balance on your student account in Ursa after it is applied to your account, then you are still responsible for payment of that balance.

  • Will HEERF II Act funds impact my current or future financial aid?

    No. This funding is not financial aid, it is an emergency relief funding from the U.S. Congress.

  • Will I have to pay taxes of HEERF II Act funds?

    The IRS recently announced that emergency grants provided to students under the first CARES Act and this recent HEERF II Act are not to be included in a student’s gross income and, thus, are not taxable.

  • What can I do if I am not eligible for HEERF II Act funding, but have need?

    UNC recognizes that the need for student support extends beyond what is allowed through the federal HEERF II Act and has set aside a limited amount of donor funds to support international, undocumented, and DACA undergraduate and graduate students. The Office of Financial Aid will directly contact ASSET/DACA students.

2020 - CARES Act Emergency Funds

The U.S. government recently enacted the federal CARES Act to provide money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to give emergency grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.  UNC has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification Agreement to assure that we intend to use, no less than 50 percent of the $7,650,214 received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The University of Northern Colorado will distribute $3,825,107 in CARES Act funding in a way that prioritizes eligible students with the greatest demonstrated need and ensures that funds are distributed as widely as possible. This pool of funding will be allocated to students through two methods. First, more than two-thirds of the funds, nearly $2.6M, was to be allocated directly to all Title IV-eligible students with the amount of each student’s emergency grant being determined on a sliding scale based on their Expected Family Contribution. (As of January 4, 2021, UNC has made 7,126 CARES refunds for a total of $3,542,646.42).  The remaining funds have been made available through an application process to students enrolled in fall 2020 semester with a small amount to be used for spring 2021 students who continue to face significant financial hardship. Title IV eligibility is a requirement to receive CARES Act assistance through the direct allocation or application process, as directed by the Department of Education.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditures Reporting under CARES Act - Institutional Portion

 

Additional Information

If you have questions about the disbursement of your emergency grant funding, please contact the Bursar's Office at 970-351-4862 (option 3) or bursar@unco.edu

All other questions may be directs to the Office of Financial Aid at
970-351-4862 (option 1) or ofa@unco.edu

Frequently Asked Questions 

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Cares Act funds.

  • I am a student with need who is eligible for CARES Emergency Act funding. What do I do?

    CARES Act Emergency funding for eligible students will be distributed in two ways:

    1. Direct funds will be made to Title IV eligible students taking into account socioeconomic status as requested by the US Department of Education. The university will communicate directly to those recipients about CARES Act funds through their BearMail. These students did not need to submit an application to receive this portion of CARES Act Emergency funds but will be required to certify their needs for funding. Title-IV eligible students can certify their Spring 2021 needs in late January.
    2. Remaining CARES Act Emergency funds will be made available to Title IV eligible students with demonstrated and documented additional need through a separate application process. Students who are in 2021 spring courses and were also students in spring 2020 may be eligible for additional CARES Act Emergency funds and can apply for possible Fall 2020 needs here
  • What if I need financial assistance during the 2020-21 academic year?

    We know that the financial impact of COVID-19 on our students and their families will not be limited to the spring semester and that some students will need to request additional support to continue their studies in the summer, fall, and next spring. We have set aside a third of the funding provided by the Department of Education—about $1.2M—to address ongoing need and support students as they continue to work toward degree completion. 

    Information on how to apply for additional support for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters will be shared with students as soon as the application opens for those semesters. About 10% of these funds have been set aside for spring 2021.

    UNC students who meet the following criteria can apply for additional CARES Act funds for Fall 2020:

    • Title IV-eligible for Fall 2020
    • Enrolled in Spring 2020 UNC on-campus courses
    • Currently enrolled in Fall 2020 on-campus courses (can be enrolled in online courses, however cannot be enrolled in distance- and online- only programs)

    Students will be be able to apply to receive additional CARES Act funds for Fall 2020 qualified expenses in early September. Applications will be evaluated on the timeliness of the submission, urgency and severity of the student’s hardship, and availability of funds. Since funds are limited, submission of an application for additional emergency grant funding does not guarantee that you will receive additional emergency grant funding.

    Title IV eligibility is a requirement to receive CARES Act assistance through the direct allocation or application process, as directed by the Department of Education. We know that many other students are in need of additional support. UNC has partnered with UNC donors to make additional resources available. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, UNC’s DACA students will receive grants through the Office of Financial Aid that are equal to those that will be provided to students through the direct allocation of emergency grants through the CARES Act.

    We have also received additional support from dozens of generous donors for the UNC Disaster Relief Scholarship, which can be made available to students regardless of residency, citizenship, or Title IV eligibility in the Fall semester. Students can apply for Disaster Relief scholarships here.

  • What expenses can be considered for CARES Act Emergency funding?

    The following is a list of expenses that can be considered for CARES Act Emergency grant assistance if they were incurred in "direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus:"

    • Food
    • Housing
    • Course materials
    • Healthcare
    • Childcare
    • Technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved online)
    • Transportation (such as having to fly home because classes were canceled or having to return from study abroad when the program was canceled)

    The CARES Act stipulates that the emergency funds cannot be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. For students filing a 2020-21 FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to take loss of income into consideration for other institutional, state or federal aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information ofa@unco.edu or 970-351-4862 (option 1).

  • Who is eligible for CARES Act Emergency funding? 

    The US Department of Education states only students who are Title IV eligible can receive CARES Act Emergency funds. This means students should have an eligible FAFSA on file with UNC. Recent federal guidance further clarified who may receive CARES Act Emergency funds and unfortunately, the US Department of Education does not allow CARES Act Emergency funds to be used for international, Asset, DACA, undocumented students or for any student who was exclusively in an online program currently. 

    UNC, however, has set aside a limited amount of donor funds for undergraduate and graduate students who are not eligible for CARES Act funding. More information will follow about availability and disbursement of those funds.

  • Do I have to file a FAFSA to receive CARES Act Emergency funds? 

    Yes, UNC encourages all students to file a FAFSA in order to prove Title IV eligibility.

    Students who wish to be considered for CARES Act funding by application in Fall 2020 and have not filled out a 2020-21 FAFSA can file for FASFA here.

    Students who are attending UNC in the 2020-21 academic year are encouraged to complete a 2020-21 FAFSA in order to receive CARES Act funds by application, as well as other grants that may be made available.

  • I am a student with need who is eligible for CARES Emergency Act funding.  What do I do? 

    CARES Act Emergency funding for eligible students will be distributed in two ways:

    1. Direct funds will be made to Title IV eligible students taking into account socioeconomic status as requested by the US Department of Education. The university will communicate directly to those recipients about CARES Act funds through their BearMail. These students do not need to submit an application to receive this portion of CARES Act Emergency funds but will be required to certify their needs for funding consideration.
    2. Remaining CARES Act Emergency funds will be made available to Title IV eligible students with demonstrated and documented additional need through a separate application process that will be coming soon.
  • I am an eligible student. How much will I receive?

    UNC received $3,825,107 of CARES Act Emergency funds to disburse to over 6,500 Title IV eligible students. Following federal recommendations and using the FAFSA estimated family contribution (EFC), UNC has reviewed students’ socio-economic status to determine the amount of initial grants. UNC will make approximately $2,600,000 in grants to eligible students, based on the EFC table below:

    EFC Category

    CARES Act Amount

    $0

     $    625

    $1 - $5,576

     $    525

    $5,577 - $8,364

     $    425

    $8,365 - $9,999

     $    325

    $10,000+

     $    225

  • When will I receive my CARES Act money?

    UNC will begin disbursing funds early September for fall 2020. To access these funds, you must complete a CARES Act certification form (coming soon) confirming that you have incurred expenses in at least one of the areas listed above. No additional application is necessary. Once you have completed the form, please allow up to two weeks for processing your emergency grant. As funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

  • How will I receive my CARES Act money?

    All emergency grants will be processed through student accounts. Emergency grants will be directly deposited into bank accounts for students who are enrolled in direct deposit. Students without direct deposit will receive a refund check in the mail. 

    Students who wish to set up direct deposit can find information here. Students who wish to receive a check should make sure their address is up to date in Ursa.

  • What if I owe UNC for tuition or other expenses?

    The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to the student, and UNC will not hold the funds to pay any outstanding balance owed to UNC.

    Students who wish to pay their bill with these funds will have to initiate that payment themselves on Ursa or by mailing a check to the UNC Cashier’s Office at Campus Box 14, Greeley CO 80639.

  • Will CARES Act Emergency funds impact my current or future financial aid?

    No. This funding is not financial aid, it is an emergency relief funding from Congress.

  • Will I have to pay taxes of CARES Act funds?

    The IRS recently announced that emergency grants provided to students under the CARES Act are not to be included in a student’s gross income and thus are not taxable.

  • What can I do if I am not eligible for CARES Act Emergency funding, but have need?

    UNC recognizes that the need for student support extends beyond what is allowed through the federal CARES Act and has set aside a limited amount of donor funds to support international, undocumented, and DACA undergraduate and graduate students as well as any student who was exclusively in an online program currently.  Students not eligible for CARES Act funds may apply for limited resources here. Since funds are limited, submission of an application for emergency funding does not guarantee that you will receive said funding.