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UArts Community Health Policy

We have developed a comprehensive plan to ensure student safety while on campus. Through a campus-wide effort—including our Healthy Promise, which all community members agree to—UArts is ready for a successful academic year without interruption.

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If you test positive for COVID, have COVID symptoms or had a known exposure ...

Students should email healthservices@uarts.edu to notify us of your positive test, symptoms or known exposure. Employees should email crt@uarts.edu.

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Updated Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022.

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Fall 2022 COVID Update

The message below was sent from President and CEO David Yager to students, faculty and staff Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, masks will be optional for all members of our community and campus visitors in all of the university’s public spaces, including during performances, special events and other community gatherings. However, masks will still be required during student move-in and in a number of university spaces, including certain classrooms and studios as decided by faculty, and in Health Services and some other offices, where clear signage will indicate the need for a mask. Masks will continue to be available at the Public Safety desks in all university buildings. 

As we move into this mask-optional phase of living and learning with COVID-19 as a university, it is imperative that we all keep in mind our more vulnerable community members and continue to prioritize their health and safety. Out of respect and care for one another, please be prepared to uphold the university’s Healthy Promise and to carry a mask with you and wear it in certain spaces and upon request from fellow students, faculty, staff and guests. 

We were very fortunate that all cases reported on campus last year were mild or asymptomatic, a trend that I am encouraged will continue this year. As we evaluate the spread of this latest variant, BA.5, we will offer resources and guidance once updated booster shots become available. To help maintain community safety, please consider conducting a rapid COVID-19  antigen test, which can be ordered for free from the federal government, before you arrive on campus for the fall. If you test positive, please delay your arrival on campus and contact healthservices@uarts.edu to make alternate arrangements.

Since the start of the pandemic, our COVID Response Team has provided critical support by interpreting guidance set forth by public health officials, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and our peer institutions. As such, our policies for the fall may be altered as circumstances and guidance change. Please bookmark and regularly check uarts.edu/about/community-health-policy for up-to-date information, and be sure to review Health Services’ COVID positive, testing and isolation protocols before arriving on campus. Though we retired our COVID-19 dashboard this summer, you may access case count, testing and additional data for the city by visiting the Department of Public Health’s website.  

In addition, the university has already received numerous questions about the spread of monkeypox, which was recently declared a public health emergency. As of now, Philadelphia has experienced a small fraction of the cases reported nationwide. Monkeypox is a much different virus than COVID-19 and spreads through close personal contact, often skin-to-skin, though it appears to share some similar initial symptoms. While an effective vaccine is available, it remains scarce, so taking adequate steps to protect yourself is critical to prevention. Monkeypox is not an airborne virus and therefore does not spread easily in the classroom and studio environment. We will continue to follow guidance from public health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and monitor local and national case counts and trends. Additional resources regarding monkeypox are available through Health Services and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s website.

As we look to the start of another successful academic year, I’d like to reiterate my gratitude for this community and its steadfast support and commitment to one another throughout the pandemic. The grace and empathy you and your fellow students have displayed throughout it have been truly inspirational. I look forward to seeing you on campus at the end of this month. 

Sincerely,

David Yager
President and CEO 

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UArts Contact Information

For academic questions: Office of the Provost: provost@uarts.edu
For financial aid questions: Student Financial Services: finaid@uarts.edu 
For health-related questions: Student Health Services: healthservices@uarts.edu 
For disability and accommodation questions: Office of Educational Accessibility: access@uarts.edu
For housing-related questions: Office of Campus Life: reslife@uarts.edu
For international student questions: Office of Student Affairs: studentaffairs@uarts.edu
For any other student life questions: Office of Student Affairs: studentaffairs@uarts.edu 
For any questions related to the COVID FAQ and COVID vaccine policy: COVID Response Team: crt@uarts.edu

HEERF CARES Act Emergency Student Grant FAQ

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It provides emergency grants from the U.S. Department of Education to eligible students to help cover education-related expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act directs recipients to use the funds they receive for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations resulting from the coronavirus. These include expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.

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Who is eligible to receive CARES Act emergency student grants?

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to confirm that students receiving CARES Act emergency grants meet basic eligibility for federal Title IV financial aid. These eligibility criteria include having a demonstrated financial need certified by 

  • the family-income information provided on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); 
  • being a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen; and 
  • being enrolled in a degree or certificate program and making satisfactory academic progress. 

For a complete list of federal student aid requirements, visit the Department of Education’s Student Financial Aid Eligibility Criteria page.

Is there an application process?

No. Eligible students will receive an email notifying them that they might meet the emergency grant criteria based on their FAFSA and academic information. Once students respond and confirm their status, their grants will be sent to them by check.

How much money is UArts receiving for student emergency grants, and how many students qualify?

UArts’ total allocation from the program is $912,833. Approximately 825 undergraduate students are potentially eligible to receive grants.

How did UArts determine the amount students will receive?

The University used a number of factors in calculating individual grant amounts. These factors centered on financial need based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation that active students reported in their FAFSA filings.

When will qualifying students be notified of their selection status and the amount of their grants?

Qualifying students who filed a FAFSA for the 2019–2020 academic year will be notified of their status  beginning July 13.

How can students view their CARES Act grant status and amount?

Each qualifying student’s information can be found in their Student Self Service Account.

How will students receive their grants?

Eligible students will receive an email from the Office of Student Financial Services asking for confirmation of their billing address. Once that confirmation is received, checks will be mailed to confirmed billing addresses.

Are international or undocumented students eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act Federal Emergency Grant?

Unfortunately, the CARES Act is restricted to U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents or other noncitizens who are eligible for federal student financial aid. But UArts students who do not qualify might be eligible to receive assistance from the UArts Cares program and can also contact Student Financial Services to see what other assistance might be available.

Will receiving a grant through the HEERF CARES Act Student Emergency Grant affect a student’s regular financial aid?

No. Recipients of a HEERF Cares Act Student Emergency Grant will see no impact on the calculation of their full financial aid. Students may receive this grant in addition to other aid awarded.

Are CARES Act Emergency Student Grants taxable?

No. The grants are not included in gross taxable income.

Can CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief funds be used to pay a student’s outstanding balance?

No, the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grants are intended to go to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare expenses. The disbursement of the emergency student grant must remain unencumbered by the college; debts, charges, fees or other amounts owed to the college may not be deducted from the emergency financial aid grant.

Can students appeal decisions regarding their eligibility or the amount of their grant?

Student eligibility for a CARES Act grant is determined by rules set by the federal Department of Education. Grant amounts are calculated based on the allocation received by the University and the individual criteria described above. There is no process for appeal. However, students can contact the Office of Student Financial Services to find out if they are eligible for other assistance.

If a student receives a CARES Act Emergency Grant and subsequently withdraws from the fall semester, will they have to return the grant?

No. The CARES Act Emergency Grant funding is meant to provide one-time relief to mitigate the disruption caused by COVID-19. Under no circumstance will recipients of this grant have to return any portion of the funds.

I received an emergency financial aid grant under section 3504, 18004 or 18008. Do I need to include that amount as a part of my gross income?

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, healthcare or childcare—are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not includible in your gross income.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) CARES Act

On June 9, 2020, University of the Arts applied for and received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of the CARES Act from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $1,825,665, with $912,833 to be directly disbursed to eligible students who experienced financial hardships due to the impact of the disruption of classes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The University determined student eligibility based on the data reported in the results of the student aid report, produced by students who completed the 2019–2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grant award amounts are determined based on the students EFC (Expected Family Contribution), with higher need students receiving the greatest award. 

Students who were determined eligible were sent a financial impact survey verifying that they experienced a financial impact. Once the survey is completed, the university will process the predetermined grant award or the lesser amount that the student identified as a financial impact and will send grant payment to the student at the address provided in the survey.

The estimated number of students determined eligible to receive funding under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 846 with the following grant awards processed.

July 21, 2020 – 257 students received a total grant award of $289,970  

July 28, 2020 – 165 students received a total grant award of $181,600 

Aug. 8, 2020 – 134 students received a total grant award of $101,550

Aug. 18, 2020 – 22 students received a total grant award of $16,175

Sept. 1, 2020 – 11 students received a total grant award of $11,650

Sept. 10, 2020 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,200

Oct. 10, 2020 – 43 students received a total grant award of $31,300

Nov. 5, 2020 – 6 students received a total grant award of $5,720

Dec. 16, 2020 – 12 students received a total grant award of $9,100

University of the Arts received a second round of funding Jan. 19, 2021, through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II (HEERF II), created under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $2,708,958, with $912,833 to be directly disbursed to eligible students. 

The university determined student eligibility based on the data reported in the results of the student aid report, produced by students who completed the 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grant award amounts are determined based on the students EFC (expected family contribution) between 0-5711, and Pell Grant eligibility.

Students who were determined eligible were sent a notification of the award.  

The estimated number of students determined eligible to receive funding under CRRSAA ACT is 333 with the following grant awards processed.

Feb. 22, 2021 – 333 students received a total grant award of $912,833

University of the Arts received a third round of funding May 26, 2021, through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds III (HEERF III), as authorized by the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) that was signed into law in March 2021 in the amount of $4,783,868, with $2,391,935 to be directly disbursed to eligible students.

The funding can be used to cover any component of a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19, including tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care, provided that the expense was incurred on or after the start of the national COVID-19 emergency on March 13, 2020.  Students were sent an email with a survey to confirm that they have financial need and to determine how they would like the grant to be refunded, through Direct Deposit, paper check or applied to account balance or any combination of these three choices.

The number of students who have received funding under the ARP and awarded amounts have been awarded as follows:

Aug. 14, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,750

Aug. 20, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,750

Aug. 27, 2021 – 91 students received a total grant award of $230,875

Aug. 30, 2021 – 8 students received a total grant award of $12,250

Aug. 31, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $10,250

Sept. 1, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $7,550

Sept. 2, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $7,000

Sept. 6, 2021 – 225 students received a total grant award of $562,750

Sept. 8, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $5,500

Sept. 9, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $4,250

Sept. 10, 2021 – 4 students received a total grant award of $4,750

Sept. 12, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $8,250

Sept. 14, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,750

Sept. 16, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,500

Sept. 17, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,750

Sept. 18, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,750

Sept. 19, 2021 – 4 students received a total grant award of $9,150

Sept. 20, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $8,250

Sept. 21, 2021 – 42 students received a total grant award of $89,000

Sept. 22, 2021 – 9 students received a total grant award of $12,050

Sept. 23, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $5,500

Sept. 24, 2021 – 6 students received a total grant award of $5,550

Sept. 27, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,750

Oct. 1, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $1000

Oct. 4, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $700

Oct. 5, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $5,850

Oct. 6, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1000

Oct. 8, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $4,000

Oct. 11, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,750

Oct. 14, 2021 – 4 students received a total grant award of $8,250

Oct. 15, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

Oct. 22, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $600

Nov. 2, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $5,250

Nov. 3, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,000

Nov. 4, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $2,500

Nov. 8, 2021 – 5 students received a total grant award of $4,500

Nov. 9, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $800

Nov. 11, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $8,000

Nov. 12, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,000

Nov. 15, 2021 – 3 students received a total grant award of $1,800

Nov. 16, 2021 – 4 students received a total grant award of $9,500

Nov. 17, 2021 – 17 students received a total grant award of $24,550

Nov. 19, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $2,250

Nov. 22, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

Dec. 1, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,500

Dec. 2, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,000

Dec. 3, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,500

Dec. 9, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

Dec. 15, 2021 – 2 students received a total grant award of $4,000

Dec. 31, 2021 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

Jan. 10, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $500

Jan. 18, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,500

Jan. 22, 2022 – 219 students received a total grant award of $406,300

Jan. 24, 2022 – 5 students received a total grant award of $9,500

Jan. 25, 2022 – 45 students received a total grant award of $82,750

Jan. 26, 2022 – 13 students received a total grant award of $17,000

Jan. 28, 2022 – 3 students received a total grant award of $4,000

Jan. 29, 2022 – 15 students received a total grant award of $29,750

Jan. 30, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $4,000

Feb. 1, 2022 – 4 students received a total grant award of $3,500

Feb. 2, 2022 – 3 students received a total grant award of $1,250

Feb. 7, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $300

Feb. 9, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

Feb. 10, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,500

Feb. 13, 2022 – 4 students received a total grant award of $7,500

Feb. 14, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $750

Feb. 15, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,500

Feb. 16, 2022 – 4 students received a total grant award of $6,250

Feb. 21, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

Feb. 22, 2022 – 62 students received a total grant award of $104,500

Feb. 23, 2022 – 6 students received a total grant award of $12,000

Feb. 24, 2022 – 5 students received a total grant award of $4,900

Feb. 25, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $750

March 1, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,750

March 2, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,500

March 3, 2022 – 7 students received a total grant award of $6,250

March 4, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

March 9, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,750

March 17, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $300

March 18, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $2,200

March 21, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,750

March 22, 2022 – 254 students received a total grant award of $431,045

March 23, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $4,750

March 24, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $100

March 25, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $500

March 28, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $1,000

March 31, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $500

April 4, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

April 6, 2022 – 1 student received a total grant award of $2,000

April 7, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $2,000

April 8, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $2,500

April 12, 2022 – 4 students received a total grant award of $5,750

April 20, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $1,750

April 28, 2022 – 4 students received a total grant award of $5,100

April 29, 2022 – 4 students received a total grant award of $10,000

May 3, 2022 – 2 students received a total grant award of $2,000

May 5, 2022 – 69 students received a total grant award of $94,215

CARES Act (HEERF) Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting September 2020

CARES Act (HEERF) Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting March 2021

CARES Act (HEERF) Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting June 2021

CARES Act (HEERF) Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting September 2021

CARES Act (HEERF) Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting December 2021

Emergency Financial Grants to Students Report including 2020 Reported Data

In advance of HEERF III Cares Act funding, an email titled Income Reduction due to Family Hardship/Loss of Income was sent to all current and applicant students on July 25, 2021.

Read the message.