COVID-19 Information

This page is designed to assist SATC’s students by connecting them with the resources within the College and the Salina community. SATC is dedicated to ensuring its students have the resources needed to be successful during this time. This webpage will be updated as new information is available.

SATC UPDATE: SATC’s offices, such as Student Services and the Business Office are now Open!

SATC’s Return to Campus Plan

Any questions can be directed to fernanda.lopez@salinatech.edu.

Please continue to check your canvas and school emails for any updates from school faculty members. Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Visit the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce’s Salina Strong website to review resources available in the area.

Learning Resources is here to help!


Hello students! We are here to help! Give this course a look next time you’re in Canvas. Learning Resources for Students Course in Canvas

This course is designed as a place to find quick student resources to help you be efficient in Canvas and online. You may not need them all, you may not need them now, you may want to refer a classmate to it.

You will also find a module with quick links to COVID-19 updates and resources for the Salina area.

There is no requirement to complete this course.

Communication from the inbox of this course will be received and monitored by Lara Duran, Educational Services Coordinator, staff typically found in the Learning Resources Center at Salina Area Technical College. If I cannot answer your question I will connect you to the right resources.

We are here to help. We want you to be successful.

COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 created education stabilization funds available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). At least half of these funds must provide students with access to emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Salina Area Technical College has received funds totaling $203,959 for institutional and student use from the Department of Education under the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Of that amount, $101,980  is to be used toward our student’s needs. SATC has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. As of August 29, 2020, SATC has awarded students $47,500. For Spring 2020, 40 students applied and have benefited from the funds available out of 330 students eligible.

This fund was created to assist college students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet. The funds can be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Students are able to apply for emergency aid by filling out the COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid Application. Applicants will be evaluated on the following scoring criteria:

  • Completeness of application information

  • Student need based on employment, the number of family, etc.

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted you (as a student0 and your household)

  • How would the funding help you complete your SATC educational goals?

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled on/after March 13, 2020 attending an in-person course(s) on SATC’s campus.

  • A degree-seeking student (technical certificate or associates degree)

  • Eligible to receive Title IV financial aid. This eligibility is evaluated through the completion of the FAFSA.

  • Experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Award amounts will be based on student’s individual needs, the number of applications submitted, and balance in the fund.  No repayment is required for these awards and they will not be included in future financial aid application reporting requirements.

If you have any questions while filling out the application or after you have submitted it, please contact the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@salinatech.edu.

COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid Frequently Asked Questions

I was enrolled exclusively online. Am I eligible?

No, students enrolled exclusively in online courses on/after March 13, 2020, are not eligible for these funds, per guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

What if I do not meet the eligibility criteria?

The College has other emergency aid programs that may be able to assist you. Contact the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@salinatech.edu.

Will all students be awarded the same?

No, the College will prioritize students with the greatest need. The amount of emergency aid awarded will vary from student-to-student based on the specific expenses sustained by the student. There is no guarantee that all applications submitted will receive funding.

What can these funds be used for?

The purpose of these funds is to assist with expenses associated with the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology (computer purchase, internet), health care, and child care. The expenses would have been unforeseen costs incurred during the spring 2020 semester.

The CARES Act stipulates that the emergency funds cannot be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

How do I apply?

You can apply online using this link. Once your application is completed, it will be forwarded to the COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid team for review.

How will I be notified about the result of my application?Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible, but please allow at least 3-5 business days to be notified as the number of applications is likely to be high. If you are awarded aid, you will receive a notification via your SATC email informing you of your aid amount and how to obtain your funds.If I am awarded, how will I receive these funds?The CARES Act requires that the emergency aid funds must be made directly available to you. Depending on how your funds for financial aid are currently set up, you will either receive a check or direct deposit.Am I required to pay for my tuition or college charges with my funds?The College cannot require you to use your funds to pay your current account balance. You will receive the full amount of emergency aid directly to you.

Who do I contact with more questions?

Contact the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@salinatech.edu.