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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 expenses that students never have to pay back.



DASH is a one-time-only grant available to students facing unexpected but temporary financial setbacks related to the cost of non-university expenses. 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 find out how we can help.

Contact us at (501) 852-0704 or with any questions or concerns.

Note: All applicants are required to attend a one-on-one meeting with the DASH Grant Program Coordinator in-person* before the application goes to the committee for a vote.  DASH appointments without a submitted application will be canceled.

*accommodations can be made for those who are unable to attend an in-person meeting.


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



  • Full or part-time student seeking a degree
  • Enrolled at UCA during the semester in which the grant would be received
  • Have a need for funding due to costs resulting from COVID-19 related circumstances



  1. Submit an online application outlining the need for funding due to costs resulting from COVID-19 related circumstances, and sets an appointment online or by contacting the Student Support & Resource Center office.
  2. Provide appropriate documentation of your expense.  For example, a car repair estimate or a utility bill.
  3. Meet with the Program Coordinator.
    Click here to complete an online application and schedule an appointment to meet with the Program Coordinator.  If you are unable to make it to an appointment you have already scheduled, be sure to cancel it or let the Program 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.



  1. The Dash Grants Selection Committee will consider the completed application and take a vote.
  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 a payment request within 1-2 business days.
  4. Student Accounts will process payments on Mondays and Thursdays only.

All decisions by the committee are final and cannot be appealed.


Click here to apply