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Under the American Rescue Plan Act, UK is eligible for $47,159,576. A portion of that – $23,634,963 – has been directed toward aid to students, whose educations have been disrupted by COVID-19.

As of December 31, 2021, the university disbursed $23,641,668 of ARP Grant funding for 10,029 students.

For more information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

UK's Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Institutional Funding Reports can be found below.

As of December 31, 2021

Grand total distributed:  $23,641,668

Total number of students awarded: 10,029

Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

ARP Report and Disclosure

  1. The University of Kentucky agrees to all terms and gives assurance that the University will use the NEW ARP FUNDS received under section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP)(Pub. L. 117-2) and section 314 of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260) to provide direct grant assistance to eligible students for eligible expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due the COVID-19 crisis.  
  2. The University of Kentucky received its ARP award notification from the U.S. Department of Education in the cumulative amount of $47,159,576 on May 21, 2021, authorizing the University to use $23,634,963 for the direct distribution of emergency financial aid grants to students.
  3. The total amount of ARP emergency grants distributed to students as of December 31, 2021, is $23,641,668. This concludes the awarding of grants to students from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
  4. The total number of University students who received an emergency grant under the ARP Act as of December 31, 2021, is 10,029.
  5. The estimated total number of students that were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (1)(4) Program is 17,623 students for CRRSAA and 30,317 students for ARP.
  6. The methods used by the University to determine which students receive emergency grants and how much they would receive under ARP are as follows:
    • The University identified and prioritized recipients for distribution of ARP Grants using its existing UK Leads methodology. The UK Leads program utilizes a predictive model to isolate financial need as the root cause of student attrition and shifts institutional aid to a broader group of students to provide more equitable access to higher education. This data-informed approach allows UK to identify the students whose primary barrier to success is financial.
    • Students who were not pre-selected through the UK LEADS methodology also had the opportunity to apply directly for consideration. Of those students who requested consideration, financial need was a major criterion in selecting students to receive this assistance.
    • Student were referred to the Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships by UK staff and were considered for funding based on extenuating circumstances. The student situations were documented, and students were awarded on a case-by-case basis. Financial need was a major criterion in selecting students to receive this assistance.
  7. The following instructions, directions, or guidance was provided by UK to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants: