CARES II Grant
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA)
What is the CRRSA Emergency Relief Act or CARES II?
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) which includes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides emergency funding to support students impacted by a campus disruption due to the coronavirus. We will be referring to CRRSAA as CARES II.
CARES II grant funds can be released directly to students for qualifying expenses such as food, housing, technology needs, childcare expenses, medical expenses and other educational related expenses. These funds can also assist with prior tuition and fee balances and will be paid directly to the student account.
CARES II Eligibility Criteria:
- Must be currently enrolled
- Must be a matriculated degree-seeking student
- Must have completed the 2020-21 FAFSA Application
- Must be Pell grant eligible or be able to prove extraordinary financial need
- Must be a US citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Male students must be registered with Selective Service
- Must not be in default on a federal student loan
- Must be meeting satisfactory academic progress (SAP) guidelines
- Cannot be an International or a DACA student
- Cannot be enrolled as a continuing education, casual, general, guest or dual credit student
Steps for applying for CARES II:
Cares II Facts
The CARES II 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 tuition, housing, child care, medical expenses, technology, books or other educational supply costs incurred due to disruptions or closure of the campus.
Grant amounts will vary by student and is based upon the information provided on the grant application.
You may spend the money on incurred expenses related to the COVID-19 virus and as indicated on your application.
For those who have signed up for direct deposit the funds will be deposited directly into your account. For those not taking advantage of this option, a paper check will be mailed to your home address.
The College will review applications on a rolling basis and will award until all grant funds have been expended.
Yes. The FAFSA is the only mechanism to verify compliance with grant requirements.
CARES II eligibility requires that you comply with Title IV grant eligibility requirements. The following link will give you the basic eligibility criteria from the US Department of Education https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility/requirements#basic-eligibility-criteria. CARES II also requires you demonstrate financial need. This can be either by being Pell grant eligible or providing a statement explaining your extraordinary financial need.
No. CARES II funds are specifically earmarked for expenses you have or may have incurred related to the disruption of on campus activities. But you should contact the Financial Aid Office who can assist you with re-evaluating your current financial circumstances.
CARES II grants can be applied to prior balances. You will need to complete the CARES II application as well as the CRRSAA Paying Prior Balance form and submit to the business office.
Yes. CARES II a new appropriation from the government so an y previous CARES funding you may have received will not be factored into your eligibility for this new funding.
All questions can be e-mailed to CARESgrant@camdencc.edu.