DASH Emergency Grants

An unexpected crisis should never force you to choose between paying the bills and staying in school. UCA is dedicated to helping you continue your education no matter what life may throw at you. DASH provides emergency micro-grants for non-educational expenses that students never have to pay back.

Note: All applicants are required to attend a brief one-on-one meeting with the DASH Emergency Grants Coordinator in SHC 306C before submitting their application, and one month after a grant is awarded.


HOW WE CAN HELP

DASH is meant to help with a one-time financial crisis or emergency. For example, we would not pay for your utility bill every month, but could pay for the current month if you are in immediate need. Each situation is unique, and we encourage you to call or email to set an appointment and find out how we can help.

Click Set Your First Appointment to find out what times are available. Fill out the form and then choose the best available time that works with your schedule. If you are unable to make it to an appointment you have already scheduled, be sure to cancel it or let the Coordinator know. All no-shows will be required to complete a 1-page essay in order to be considered for a DASH grant in the future.

Contact Ms. April Myers at (501) 852-0704 or dashgrant@uca.edu with any questions or concerns.

 

EXAMPLES OF ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

  • Child Care
  • Food/Meals
  • Gasoline
  • Housing/Rent
  • Utilities
  • Medical/Dental Expenses
  • Personal Automobile Expenses
  • Public Transportation/Bus Pass

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Full or part-time undergraduate student seeking a degree
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 7,000 or less on most recent FAFSA
  • Enrolled at UCA during the semester in which the grant would be received
  • Have not received a DASH grant within the 2017-2019 grant period
  • Any UCA student account balance still owed is on a repayment plan approved by Student Accounts

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Set an appointment online or by contacting the DASH Emergency Grants Coordinator
  2. Meet with the Coordinator
  3. Apply for emergency assistance in Coordinator’s office, SHC 306C
  4. Provide appropriate documentation of your expense
    For example, a car repair estimate or a utility bill
  5. Sign an agreement promising to complete a financial literacy tutorial and attend a brief follow-up meeting in one month if grant funds are awarded

 

SELECTION PROCESS

  1. The Dash Grants Selection Committee will consider the completed application and take a vote, usually within one to two business days.
  2. The student will receive an email stating whether their grant has been denied, fully awarded, or partially awarded
  3. If the grant is approved, the Coordinator will submit payment directly to the vendor within a few business days
  4. The student will complete an online financial literacy tutorial and attend a brief follow-up meeting with the Coordinator a month later