Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding FAQs

PBA CARES

We know this has been a difficult time for our students, and we are excited to have received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding to help ease financial burdens that have come about due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are FAQs about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) passed in March 2020; the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) signed into law on December 27, 2020; and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) signed on March 11, 2021.

ARP Grant

Have you faced significant unexpected expenses due to COVID-19? If so, apply for additional funding through the American Rescue Plan. Pell and FWS-eligible students will be prioritized; however, any student with need may apply. Applications due August 15!

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COVID-19 Student Fund

Some families have struggled more than others during this time. PBA’s Development office has set up the COVID-19 Student Fund to support students who have extraordinary financial need due to the loss of employment or expenses related to the pandemic.

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ARP FAQs

Per the U.S. Department of Education, all students currently or previously enrolled at Palm Beach Atlantic University are eligible. There is no requirement to be Title IV eligible or to file a FAFSA. Students who typically do not qualify for Title IV aid, including international and DACA, are eligible.

Qualifying students who have submitted an application will be notified of University's decision regarding the grant via PBA email. Students will receive their grant funds according to the selected refund preference indicated in the Student Account Center.

While Palm Beach Atlantic cannot apply these funds directly to your student account, you may take advantage of putting them toward your student account, including any outstanding balance.

The University is required to prioritize students with exceptional need in the disbursing of these funds. Palm Beach Atlantic defines exceptional need as students who are Pell eligible or are Federal Work Study eligible. However, all students with significant and unexpected expenses may apply.

No. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), this money will not be includible in your gross income. Learn more here. This is a federal emergency grant that students are not required to repay, however PBA is required to report the information on the student’s 1098-T.

CRRSAA FAQs

Per the U.S. Department of Education, eligible students are those currently enrolled at Palm Beach Atlantic during the Spring 2021 semester in West Palm Beach, Orlando, or Online program. Eligible students are defined in the Financial Aid Handbook and verified by filing a 2020-2021 FASFA. Federal guidance excludes distribution of coronavirus relief funds to international students. There is no need to apply.

General eligibility requirements for Title IV aid include that you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, and are enrolled in an eligible degree program. You must also not be on federal aid suspension. Still not sure? Contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@pba.edu.

Students will receive their grant funds according to the selected refund preference indicated in the Student Account Center (pba.afford.com).

While Palm Beach Atlantic cannot apply these funds directly to your student account, you may take advantage of putting them toward your student account, including any outstanding balance. If you would like to apply these funds directly to your student account, please submit this authorization form to the Student Accounts Office.

The University is required to prioritize students with exceptional need in the disbursing of these funds. Palm Beach Atlantic defines exceptional need as students who are Pell eligible or are Federal Work Study eligible. However, all eligible students will receive at least $100.

Students who do not meet the eligibility requirement for HEERF funding may contact PBA’s Financial Aid Office at finaid@pba.edu to ask about other forms of aid.

No. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), this money will not be includible in your gross income. Learn more here. This is a federal emergency grant that students are not required to repay, however PBA is required to report the information on the student’s 1098-T.

CARES Act FAQs

Eligible students, according to the U.S. Department of Education, are those enrolled at Palm Beach Atlantic during the spring 2020 semester on-campus in West Palm Beach or Orlando, including traditional day, evening undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. These students are Title IV qualified as defined by the Financial Aid Handbook and verified by filing a 2019-20 FASFA. Federal guidance excludes distribution of coronavirus relief funds to international students. There is no need to apply.

General eligibility requirements for Title IV aid include that you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, and are enrolled in an eligible degree program. Still not sure? Contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@pba.edu

Students will receive their grant funds according to the selected refund preference indicated on their student account centers. Go to pba.afford.com to confirm or change the selection. The money will be distributed as soon as Palm Beach Atlantic receives it.

 No, this student aid is payable only to the student, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Palm Beach Atlantic cannot apply this financial aid grant directly to your student account. If you would like to apply this grant to your account, you will need to do that separately.

 Palm Beach Atlantic’s eligible students will receive approximately $500 each, which represents 100% of the funds allocated to the University for direct student aid. The money is intended to cover expenses related to disruption of campus operations including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Students who do not meet the eligibility requirement for CARES Act funding may contact PBA’s Financial Aid office at finaid@pba.edu to ask about other forms of aid.

No. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), this money will not be includible in your gross income. Learn more here. This is a federal emergency grant that students are not required to repay, however PBA is required to report the information on the student’s 1098-T.