COVID19 Emergency Funds Application

African and African American Student (AAST) Emergency Fund provides:

Need-based assistance to AAST undergraduate majors and minors and graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Program with an unforeseen financial emergency that may pose a significant disruption to their ability to continue in school.

To be eligible for consideration, students must:

  1. Be enrolled at least half-time (6 or more hours).
  2. Be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate AAST major or minor or graduate student in the AAST Certificate program.
  3. Be in good academic standing (at least 2.0 GPA for undergraduates 3.0 for graduate students)
  4. Be experiencing an unexpected or unanticipated financial emergency that puts their university enrollment at risk.


  1. Before completing the AAST Emergency Funds Application, submit an application to either the UA Cares Emergency Fund, International Education Catastrophic Fund International Education Catastrophic Fund Application | International Students and Scholars | University of Arkansas ( (if undergraduate) or Needy Family Emergency Fund (if graduate). 
  2. Submit an application online to the AAST Program Emergency Fund and upload any supporting documents. Note a typical award will not exceed $1000.
  3. A faculty committee will review each application and make a recommendation to approve or deny the award request. Decisions by the committee are final.
  4. The student will be notified by the committee of the award decision.
  5. If approved, the recipient will be notified of payment instructions.  Please note that the emergency aid is given in the form of a scholarship.  Any outstanding balances on the student’s University account will be paid first, including balances on payment plans.  Students may only receive aid up to the maximum aid amount set by Federal and State Law and University policy.  This award will abide by all relevant policies and procedures.
  6. If you are planning to apply to receive the AAST emergency funds, please schedule an appointment with the Scholarships and Financial Aid office to discuss how the scholarship will impact your financial aid.
  7. The student’s personal information and circumstances will remain confidential throughout the process.

Funding is limited and when funds are exhausted, awards will not be made.

Students may not be eligible to receive an additional award if one has already been awarded.