Q&A with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

COVID-19 Impacts on Financial Aid

Q. What if I never applied for financial aid, but now I need to?

 

Students enrolled in the 2021 Spring Semester who have not already filed the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should do so immediately. FAFSA’s must be received on or before the last day of the award period, May 14, 2021 to receive Pell Grant. For Federal Direct Loan consideration, the FAFSA must be filed 30 days prior to the last day of the award period, April 14, 2021.

UK’s federal school code for FAFSA filing is 001989. The FAFSA filing process is annual.

 

Q. What if I am experiencing a situation in which I cannot pay for my educational expenses affecting my ability to remain enrolled or continue my education at the University of Kentucky? 

If you and/or your family have experienced a recent job loss or a significant reduction in income and you already  filed the 2020-2021 FAFSA, please review and complete the 2020-21 Appeal for Income Reduction Form.

The Appeal for Income Reduction Form allows the UK Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to reassess your federal financial aid eligibility and possibly make financial aid adjustments to your financial aid package. This will not impact academic scholarship eligibility. 

Before completing the Appeal for Income Reduction Form and submitting any supporting documentation, please consult with your Financial Aid Counselor

If you have other special circumstances regarding your ability to pay for your educational expenses, please reach out to your Financial Aid Counselor

 

Q. What is the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Financial Aid Relief Grant for Students?

The CRRSAA Grant provides financial aid grants to students with significant financial need to assist with paying for costs associated with college attendance or emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus pandemic – such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare or child-care. Priority is given to students who demonstrate financial need and to students and families who have appealed to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships due to loss of income. Therefore, a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA must be on file. Students who are not a U.S. citizen or an elibile U.S. non-citizen are ineligible for the CRRSAA Grant. 

 

Q. How will I know if I qualify for a CCRSAA Grant?

Students who automatically qualified for a CRRSAA Grant were sent an email on February 18, 2021. Those students who submitted the CRRSAA Grant Request Form by March 1, 2021 were notified of the decision on March 15, 2021. The CRRSAA Grant Request Form was re-opened on Monday, April 19, 2021. Students who have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and who have not received a CRRSAA Grant may request consideration by completing the CRRSAA Grant Request Form by Sunday, April 25, 2021. Students will be notified of the decision by Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

 

Q. How will I receive my CRSAA grant funds?

If you have been identified as a recipient of a CRRSAA Grant, you will receive an email that provides you a link to the CRRSAA Grant Student Payment App.  Qualified students who have been informed that they will be receiving a CRRSAA Grant must use the CRRSAA Grant Student Payment App to choose how they will access their CRRSAA Grant.

  1. To your UK student account to cover any balance due (any remaining credit will be deposited to your bank account) or
  2. To your bank account

Also, you will be asked to update your bank details.

Please note that if you select "2. To your bank account," the funds will reside in your UK Student Account 1 to 3 business days until the funds are electronically deposited to your bank account. 

 

Q. If I do qualify, how will I know how much money I will receive?

The amount you will receive is being determined by multiple factors, including financial need (as determined by a valid FAFSA application), and cost of attendance. Be sure to monitor your UK email account for this information.

Students who were pre-selected to receive the CRRSAA Grant were sent an email  on February 18, 2021 and were given the deadline of March 3, 2021 to accept the offer.  

Students who were not pre-selected to receive CRRSAA funds but who completed the CRRSAA Grant Request Form by March 1, 2021 were notified of the decision by March 15, 2021. Those students who were selected to the receive the grant had until April 3, 2021 accept the grant.

The CRRSAA Grant Request Form was re-opened on Monday, April 19, 2021. Students who have filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and who have not received a CRRSAA Grant may request consideration by completing the CRRSAA Grant Request Form by Sunday, April 25, 2021. Students will be notified of the decision by Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

 

Q. I received grant funding under the CARES Act in 2020. Does this mean I will automatically receive money from CRRSAA?

Several factors will impact whether you receive funds from this grant — namely a certain threshold of financial need. It is possible that you may not receive funds from CRRSAA even if you qualified for CARES funds in 2020, and vice versa.

 

Q. Is UK funding this grant?

No. This funding is made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. UK will distribute these funds to eligible students.

 

Q. If I am not eligible for funding under this grant, what other resources are available for me?

The Appeal for Income Reduction Form allows the UK Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to reassess your federal financial aid eligibility and possibly make financial aid adjustments to your financial aid package. This will not impact academic scholarship eligibility. It is recommended  you consult with your Financial Aid Counselor  before you complete  and submit the Appeal for Income Reduction Form with accompanying documentation.

If you have other special circumstances regarding your ability to pay for your educational expenses, please reach out to your Financial Aid Counselor

If you are in need of immediate help meeting basic needs, please access the Student Emergency Fund using the Center for Support and Intervention Referral Form.

We know the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic can be a difficult time for everyone. If you need someone to talk to confidentially, due to the stress and anxiety this crisis may have brought on, you may contact the UK Counseling Center (859-257-8701) to speak to the on-duty counselor. 

Other resources to assist you can be found here https://learnanywhere.uky.edu/student-services.

 

Q. Are there any other resources that may be available to assist me with food and housing needs while enrolled as a student? 

The latest round of federal coronavirus relief aid temporarily expanded benefits for the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is a federal nutrition assistance program that provides recipients the means to purchase eligible food in authorized retail stores. Students who are enrolled at least half-time and who either have an estimated family contribution of $0 as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or who are eligible to participate in Federal Work-Study may receive SNAP benefits if they meet all other eligibility criteria. To apply or to find more information, please visit SNAP Student Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 – Q & As.   

We also encourage students who are experiencing immediate food and/or housing insecurity to reach out to the University of Kentucky Center for Support and Intervention (CSI).

 

Q. Will my financial aid or scholarships change if I must withdraw from any courses related to the COVID-19 crisis?

If you have any questions about withdrawing and your financial aid, please contact Cole Grannis, Assistant Director, Office of Student Financial Aid, cole.grannis@uky.edu

 

Q. Who do I contact if I have additional questions about my financial aid and scholarships?

If you have a question about academic scholarships, please email academicscholar@lsv.uky.edu. For all other questions about your financial aid, please email OSFAS@uky.edu.