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We are no longer accepting applications for the CARES Act grant program. The grant allocation from the U.S. Department of Education has been distributed. If you have questions please email

What is the CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion relief and stimulus package designed to address the economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. One part of the CARES Act created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provided emergency financial aid grants to qualifying students for expenses caused by the disruption on their campus due to coronavirus.

How Much Money Did Each Student Receive as a CARES Act Financial Aid Grant?

The grant amounts issued to qualifying students varied. Award amounts were determined by a formula that took into account each student’s financial need as demonstrated by their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as well as his or her proximity to campus. Students farther from campus may have received additional aid to offset expenses related to travel.

How Did Students Apply for the CARES Act Grant?

UTI sent students information regarding the grant process using their email addresses. The email included a link to a certification form that needed to be reviewed and completed. The link was personalized to each student and could only be completed one time.

Following receipt of the certification form, UTI issued grants to qualifying students in the form of a check. UTI provided details to grant recipients regarding how and when to obtain the check using their email addresses. Students were advised that the submission of a certification form did not guarantee that a student would receive an emergency financial aid grant.

How Did Students Qualify for the CARES Act Financial Aid Grants?

Per the U.S. Department of Education, in order to receive an emergency student grant under the CARES Act, a student must have:

  • Been an active student of the school (including an approved leave of absence).
  • Been eligible to receive federal student financial aid program funds that are authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  • Had expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (i.e., food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child-care, etc.).

Looking for More Information?

If you have questions about the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grant please email

You an also learn more by visiting the U.S. Department of Education website.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Disclosure

UTI endeavored to provide emergency financial aid grants to UTI students who met the U.S. Department of Education’s eligibility criteria. Click here to read the disclosure (PDF).