Spring ’23 CARES Act Information

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a federal law that was passed on March 11, 2021. The law provides financial relief to students enrolled in higher education institutions to address the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). UA Little Rock will make a final disbursement of COVID-19 funds directly to eligible students at the beginning of the spring 2023 term. UA Little Rock’s goal in using the funds is to help students meet the critical needs due to COVID-19 as students pursue a degree from UA Little Rock.

Eligible undergraduates and graduates, including students enrolled at the Bowen School of Law and the Clinton School of Public Service, may apply to receive reimbursement of COVID-19 related expenses through the CARES Act Aid Application.

Students who receive funds through the CARES Act Aid Application must meet eligibility requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education, including:

Enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate.
Further, a student who receives funds must agree that the funds will be used for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).”

All students, undergraduates and graduates, should use the CARES Act Application to apply for funding.

Due to the limited amount of funding remaining, this application will remain open until Jan 18, 2023. At that time, UA Little Rock will disburse an award to all eligible applicants. Students can expect an award between $300 and $400, based on available funds. Students must have enrollment for spring 2023 as of January 18, 2023.


Important: Please Verify Your BankMobile Account

UA Little Rock intends to disburse the funds as quickly as possible to eligible students. To ensure there are no delays in processing, please verify you have signed up to receive refunds through BankMobile. If you are unsure of the process, or have not signed up, please review the instructions for BankMobile at ualr.edu/bursar.


Awards will be posted to your BankMobile account. If you have questions about BankMobile, please contact the Bursar’s Office at studentaccounts@ualr.edu. Students with questions concerning the CARES Act Aid Application may submit questions to caresact@ualr.edu.UA Little Rock intends to provide eligible students with funding through an equitable and expedient process. We hope these funds will help you address the critical needs you’re experiencing due to COVID-19.