Federal CARES Act

The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education (“institutions”) to use no less than 50 percent of funds received under Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Who is Eligible?

  • Currently enrolled degree seeking students that are eligible to receive Title IV funds
  • Completed a 2019/2020 FAFSA form
  • Impacted by COVID-19 by:
    • Household loss of employment or reduced hours
  • Students enrolled exclusively in online programs (A.S. Opticianry) as of 3/13 are not eligible to receive CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid 
  • The emergency Financial Aid Grant is for students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
  • International, undocumented and DACA students are ineligible for CARES funding

How much CARES Funds have been distributed? 

As of July 1, 2020 HCC has distributed $3,477,511.17 to 6,428 students.

How do I apply?

Students currently enrolled and receiving a PELL grant will automatically be awarded $500.00 in CARE’s Funding.  Additionally, students who are eligible to receive CARE’s funding according to the above guidelines have been sent an email to their Hawkmail account.

How much will I receive?

$500.00

When will I receive my CARES grant?

Funds will be disbursed within 7 days of application approval.

What can I spend my funds on?

Funding will be approved for housing, food, utilities, childcare, medical, educational, or technology expenses.