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Student Emergency Relief Grants through Federal CARES Act

Utica College is committed to supporting students through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the emotional and financial hardship it has caused.

CARES Act Distribution Report

Contributions from members of the UC community to the Pioneers Come Together: COVID-19 Relief Initiative have helped provide emergency relief grants to students with immediate needs amid the pandemic and its many reverberations. The recent passage of the federal CARES Act allows the College to expand its support of students facing financial stress from the impact of this crisis.

Utica College has received approximately $2.4 million in CARES Act funding, with $1,194,416 allocated to emergency relief grants for all eligible students. The College has acknowledged and signed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education the required certification agreements.

We recognize our students are facing immediate financial challenges related to this crisis, including unanticipated expenses and family income loss already incurred. For this reason, we are forgoing an application process so that we can get these urgently needed funds into the hands of students in as quick a manner as possible.

To date, the College has issued $1,190,700 in emergency relief grants to eligible students. In accordance with federal guidelines, eligibility and individual award amounts have been determined based on FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) information on file with the College, tier based on Pell Grant and other need-based aid eligibility. Grants have been issued to all eligible students, 2,255 in total, and recipients have been notified.

The emergency relief grants were established under the CARES Act to help students with expenses such as:

  • Academic supplies and course materials
  • Internet access and technology (e.g. computer, printer, paper, ink)
  • Childcare
  • Health care
  • Food
  • Housing

Students are permitted to use excess funds to pay tuition and fee balances or to make a payment for the upcoming summer or fall semesters.

You do not need to take any action to receive these funds. If you are registered for direct deposit, the funds will be deposited directly to your account. To register, log onto and click in the follow sequence: Student Services > Student Account > Access My Account > Enroll in Direct Deposit.

Otherwise, checks will be mailed to eligible students.

If you need further guidance or have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the Center for Student Success at (315) 792-3179 or

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