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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) and provides emergency funding to support students impacted by the campus disruption due to the coronavirus.

CARES Act Emergency Grants will be released directly to students for qualifying expenses such as food, housing, technology needs, childcare, medical and other expenses resulting from the campus disruption.

CARES Act Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have been enrolled at CCC on March 13, 2020
  • Must be a matriculated degree-seeking student
  • Must complete either the 2019-20 or 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
  • Must not be enrolled in a fully online program prior to March 13, 2020
  • 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:

  1. Complete the CARES Application.
  2. Complete the FAFSA.
  3. Sign up for direct deposit.

CARES Act Facts

What is the purpose of the CARES Act grant funding?

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.

How much can I be awarded in CARES grant funding?

Grant amounts will vary by student and is based upon the information provided on the CARES Act grant application.

How may I spend the CARES Act grant money?

You may spend the money on incurred expenses related to the COVID-19 virus and as indicated on your application.

How will I receive the grant funds?

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.

How do I sign up for direct deposit?

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.

Is there a deadline for applying for CARES Act grant funding?

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.

Do I have to complete the FAFSA to be eligible for CARES grant funds?

Yes. The FAFSA application will be used to verify compliance with the federal requirements for aid.

What if I don’t receive financial 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.

I owe a prior balance to Camden County College can I take it out of the CARES Act grant?

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.

Can I apply for this grant more than once?

The goal is to assist as many students as possible; but if you have an extenuating circumstance please reach out to us at CARESgrant@camdencc.edu for guidance on appealing for more funds.

What if I need more money than I was awarded?

The goal is to assist as many students as possible; but if you have an extenuating circumstance please reach out to us at CARESgrant@camdencc.edu for guidance on appealing for more funds.

Who do I contact with questions about the CARES Act grant?

All questions can be e-mailed to CARESgrant@camdencc.edu.