CARES Act

Pioneers Helping Pioneers

Federal Emergency Grants for Students

The federal government has provided emergency aid for college students nationwide who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. UW-Platteville has received nearly $2.4 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help students who are struggling with expenses such as food, housing, medical expenses, course materials, and childcare after campus operations were disrupted by the virus.

To qualify for CARES Act funds a student must be Title IV-eligible, they must have been enrolled in at least one on-campus course on March 13, 2020, and they must have been financially impacted by the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

Funding Certification and Agreement Form

UW-Platteville signed and returned the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CARES Act Certification and Agreement form on April 10, 2020 and was notified that it had been federally funded through a Department of Education Grant Award Notification on April 22, 2020. UW-Platteville will use a total of $2,396,335 for student emergency grants through the Pioneers Helping Pioneers emergency grant program.

Funding Statistics

As of 08/06/2020:

  • Total Amount of Funds Received: $2,396,335
  • Total Amount Distributed to Students: $2,084,939.21
  • Total Number of Students who have Received Emergency Grant: 1,347
  • Estimated Total Number of Title IV-Eligible Students Enrolled SP2020: 4,962

The Department of Education required an initial report 30-days after receipt of funding from the Department and an updated report every 45-days thereafter. To satisfy that requirement and in the interests of transparency UW-Platteville reports our funding statistics on a weekly basis. Our mandatory reporting figures are below.


As of 05/19/2020:

  • Total Amount of Funds Received: $2,396,335
  • Total Amount Distributed to Students: $340,647.22 
  • Total Number of Students who have Received Emergency Grant: 555
  • Estimated Total Number of Title IV-Eligible Students Enrolled SP2020: 4,962

As of 07/06/2020:

  • Total Amount of Funds Received: $2,396,335
  • Total Amount Distributed to Students: $1,020,901.21 
  • Total Number of Students who have Received Emergency Grant: 1,086
  • Estimated Total Number of Title IV-Eligible Students Enrolled SP2020: 4,962

How UW-Platteville Determines Student Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours; consideration given to those enrolled in less than 6 credit hours on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students who have previously received a Pioneers Helping Pioneers grant of $500 or less through current process are eligible for up to the $1,000 maximum grant threshold.
  • Students who do not meet CARES Act eligibility will have same access to Pioneers Helping Pioneers Grant support, however, we will ensure alternative funds are utilized
  • Students are eligible to receive up to $1,000 in a Pioneers Helping Pioneers grant during any one academic year unless significant extenuating circumstances warrant a committee decision to increase the award.

How to Apply

To receive funds through the CARES Act, a student must complete the Pioneers Helping Pioneers emergency grant application. This may be done at https://go.uwplatt.edu/grant. Once complete, a student service representative will contact them with further directions.

For questions or additional information, please contact: 
Student Support Services | 608.342.1816 | SSS@uwplatt.edu

Previous Communications to Students

Students have received the following communications via UW-Platteville Updates email and via Canvas:

From: UW-Platteville Updates <update@uwplatt.edu>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 2:13 PM
To: Students <students-l@uwplatt.edu>
Subject: Pioneers Helping Pioneers fund

We know that many of our students are experiencing financial stress, and we would like to help. Pioneers Helping Pioneers is our university’s emergency grant program that can assist UW-Platteville students during times of financial stress. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created many financial emergencies for our students, and we are pleased to be able to provide this assistance.

A FREE Pioneers Helping Pioneers Emergency Grant might be able to assist with payments such as: 

  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Internet
  • Groceries/Hygiene Products
  • Technology
  • Prescriptions
  • Auto payments or repairs
  • Childcare
  • Utilities

Top begin the process, students should submit an interest form at https://go.uwplatt.edu/grant and a student service representative will contact them with further directions. Questions can be sent to Student Support Services at SSS@uwplatt.edu

Paul Erickson
University of Wisconsin–Platteville
Director, Communications
Public Information Officer
Ullsvik Hall, Room 1519
608.342.1194
uwplatt.edu