Fall 2021 Plan
Sent March 12, 2021, to students, faculty and staff
We are excited to reaffirm our plans for the fall 2021 semester. You can expect to see our studios, classrooms, workshops and performance spaces open and active again.
As we near the completion of the current academic year, and as vaccine access is broadening and health regulations changing, we are excited to reaffirm our plans for the fall 2021 semester. As President Yager relayed in his Jan. 28 email, our intention is to return to an in-person and on-campus experience by the start of the fall semester.
We are hard at work confirming the details of what the fall semester will look like. Though the health and safety of our community remains paramount to our planning, we do anticipate an in-person and on-campus academic and student life experience, as well as the reopening of our residence halls and dining facilities.
Regarding the academic experience, each dean is working with their faculty and the Office of the Provost to develop a plan for on-campus and in-person course delivery methods that will best serve our students and uphold the anticipated health and safety guidelines of the city, state and nation. Though the expected availability and access to vaccinations will make a return to in-person instruction a reality, we may still incorporate some elements of hybrid learning that have proven beneficial to the academic experience of our students. But you can expect to see our studios, classrooms, workshops and performance spaces open and active again.
Similarly, our staff leaders across all departments are hard at work envisioning a return to on-campus and in-person delivery of services. Some important lessons have been gained during the pandemic, and in some instances, we have learned how to serve students better through remote engagement. With this in mind, some departments may continue to offer remote appointments and services to students. Each department will develop and communicate opening plans that uphold city, state and national health and safety standards.
Finally, many of you have asked if UArts will require the COVID vaccine for students, faculty and staff. Please know that key staff and senior leadership are deeply engaged in conversations with the Philadelphia Department of Health and following this topic across higher education closely. Though a decision has not yet been made, our overarching commitment to the health and safety of our entire community will guide any determination at UArts. In the meantime, and as vaccine access continues to improve, we strongly encourage those students, faculty and staff who are eligible to receive the vaccine in their home communities to do so.
Details of what to expect next will continue to be shared in the coming months. An FAQ regarding some of these details can be found here (insert link). You can direct questions about this announcement to [insert email address]. Please watch your inbox and revisit this link for important updates.
In closing, we cannot wait to welcome you back to campus in the fall!
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Information about COVID-19
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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.
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.
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.
UArts’ total allocation from the program is $912,833. Approximately 825 undergraduate students are potentially eligible to receive grants.
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.
Qualifying students who filed a FAFSA for the 2019–2020 academic year will be notified of their status beginning July 13.
Each qualifying student’s information can be found in their Student Self Service Account.
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.
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.
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.
No. The grants are not included in gross taxable income.
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.
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.
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.
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