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CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding
The CARES Act provides financial assistance for students who have experienced a loss of income or added expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who meet the following criteria will automatically be awarded CARES Act funds:
- Students must be currently enrolled in the spring 2020 term
- Students must be eligible to receive federal financial aid
- Students must not have been enrolled in exclusively online courses on March 13, 2020
- Students must have a completed 19-20 FAFSA on file*
*If you have not completed your 19-20 FAFSA, you can do so by June 30, 2020 to be considered for other financial aid sources.
For more information on CARES Act eligibility and additional COVID-19 relief funding options, read the CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide some relief to students and colleges from the economic fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One element of CARES Act funding is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Clackamas Community College received $1,724,926 with $862,463 to be allocated to students, and $862,463 to help offset institution impacts. The student portion is meant to provide financial relief to students who have experienced loss of income or added expenses as a result of the pandemic. The amount of HEERF funding that institutions received is primarily based on the number of high-need students enrolled.
CCC has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. CCC intends to use no less the 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to our students.
To date, CCC has disbursed $848,742 of the CARES Act under Section 18004(a)(1) with 1,802 students at CCC eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The college has also drawn and received the $862,463 in institutional funds with the clear nexus of the cost impacts related to lost tuition revenue from spring term.
To date, 1,802 students have received an emergency financial aid grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. CCC identified all students who have a valid FAFSA for the current school year on file to be eligible. Students who were enrolled exclusively in online courses on the date the emergency was declared (March 13, 2020) were excluded and therefore, are not eligible for CARES Act emergency grants. Students must be currently enrolled during the spring 2020 term. Grants are made for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses.
The sudden switch to remote operations has resulted in additional costs to all enrolled students. These costs included the costs of computer/laptop ($500), upgraded or new internet service (average of $45 per month based on Portland, Oregon residential internet provider starting price) and/or a personal hotspot, additional utility and other costs as a result of staying at home full time instead of studying on campus. The total expense of these additional costs is more than the CARES Act funding can support. As a result, the most practical distribution model is to distribute the funding equally to as many eligible students as possible. The total amount of each grant an eligible student will receive is $471.
Funds will be disbursed automatically to eligible students through their student account. Students who have signed up for direct deposit will have funds disbursed directly to their bank account. All other students will have a check sent to the current address listed in their student record. The full award will be disbursed to students regardless of if they owe any money to the college.
All CCC students who are eligible for a grant were notified by email. If you did not receive an email or do not have a grant posted to your account, you were not eligible to receive a CARES grant.
Other sources of aid
CCC is supporting students in need of financial relief in other ways. CCC has a number of other funding options designed to assist students. The FAQs below will continue to be updated with information on funding options.