Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides emergency funding to support students impacted by the campus disruption due to the coronavirus.
CARES Act Eligibility Criteria:
- Must be an enrolled degree-seeking student
- Must complete the 2020-21 FAFSA Application
- US citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Male students must be registered with Selective Service
- Not be in default on a federal student loan
- Must be meeting satisfactory academic progress (SAP) guidelines
- Cannot be an International or an undocumented continuing education student
- Cannot be enrolled as a casual, general, guest or dual credit student
Steps for applying for CARES Act Grant:
CARES Act Facts
The CARES Act grant funds provide emergency aid assistance for expenses related to the disruption of college operations. It is not a supplement for a loss of employment or other non-educational hardships that the student may have incurred. These funds assist with housing, child care, medical expenses, technology, books or other educational supplies needed because campus was closed.
Grant amounts will vary by student and is based upon the information provided on the CARES Act grant application.
You may spend the money on incurred expenses related to the COVID-19 virus and as indicated on your application.
We encourage you to sign up for an electronic refund to be direct deposited into your bank account. If you decide not participate with direct deposit a check will be mailed 10-14 days after the award is posted.
You can now sign up for electronic refunds (direct deposit) by accessing your Touchnet account through WebAdvisor on the student portal; and clicking on Payment Center under Financial Information. Just set up Electronic Refunds with a valid Checking or Savings account in My Profile.
The College will begin reviewing applications on May 26, 2020 and will do so on a rolling basis until all the funds have been expended.
Yes. The FAFSA application will be used to verify compliance with the federal requirements for aid.
You do not need to be Title IV grant eligible to receive CARES Act grant funding but you will need to comply with Title IV grant eligibility requirements.
This link will give you the basic eligibility criteria from the US Department of Education https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility/requirements#basic-eligibility-criteria.
These funds cannot pay any college related expenses (this includes outstanding balances and upcoming tuition). Any funds you are granted from the CARES Act will be issued to you as a refund.
Yes, Students who received an initial award in the Spring 2020 semester can apply again for the upcoming semester.
All questions can be e-mailed to CARESgrant@camdencc.edu.