CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for Students affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

GOAL to Administer the CARES Grant:

Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Section 18004(a)(1)of the CARES Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136 (March 27, 2020) The goal of the CARES Act, is to fund to students who have been affected by COVID-19 quickly, efficiently, and in a caring manner. For application review toward approval, students must complete the CARES Grant application and supporting document of their hardship.

CCM CARES Grant Eligibility:

Attention-   1). CCM CARES is NOT an alternative to filing the FAFSA for tuition and fees. Therefore, we strongly encourage all students to complete the fafsa. 2). Applications received without supporting documents may be awarded the minimum amount.

  • Students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or
  • Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA (proof of below required).
  1. U.S. Citizen and Eligible non-citizen (US Passport; Birth Cert.; Refugee-I-94 (parolee); Permanent Resident)
  2. Degree-seeking students, attending face to face or hybrid (online/in-person required) classes
  3. Certificate students in an approved programs (face to face)
  4. Have a valid social security number
  5. Registered with Selective Service (males only)
  6. Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting

C.A.R.E.S – Student Emergency Grant Application:

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CCM CARES Student Emergency Grant Application

Submit your application and supporting document(s) to: ccmcares@ccm.edu
Please scan one (1)  document per page when submitting multiple documents.  Thank you

   

–¬†¬† Frequently Asked Questions¬†¬† –

(CARES Emergency Grant)

  • CAN I ALSO FILE THE FAFSA FOR OTHER FEDERAL GRANTS AND THE CARES GRANT?
Yes.  For Non FAFSA filers, we are recommending that you file the  FAFSA as you may be eligible for additional Federal grant aid.  It’s not too late to apply. However eligibility based on the FAFSA results will be used for your outstanding CCM tuition and fees charges, with the remainder (credit balance) applicable toward CCM Bookstore purchases or refunded to you.  Separately, the CCM CARES Grant on awarding, a check will be mailed to you separately.  Note: If you have already paid your tuition for either fall, winter, spring and or summer semesters, you will be refunded your eligible amount based on the result your processed fafsa (Federal direct student loans included if you wish to borrow).
  • HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THE CARES EMERGENCY FUNDS?
Please fill out the brief  CARES online application to apply for emergency funds. The application will ask for your name, CCM student ID, a brief description of the expenses you have incurred from campus disruptions, and the amount requested to cover these expenses. Awarding is based on students’ dollar amount request (not guaranteed), documented proof of hardship, award standard amounts may range from $150, $250, $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500 and up to the federally recommended PELL Grant maximum award of $6,195.  Requests over $1,500 will be reviewed and awarded individually and based on the total number of applicants, numbers of registered credits at time of campus closing and availability of funds. However, in the event that a student presents exceptional documented financial hardship, the college may exceed the recommended maximum. Certain expenses will require additional documentation, which can be uploaded and sent to ccmcares@ccm.edu along with the online application.
  • WHO CAN APPLY?
The Department of Education has determined that students who were enrolled during the pandemic may apply for emergency relief funds under the CARES Act, with the exception of the following groups:
    • International students
    • Visiting students
    • Students protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    • Students enrolled exclusively in an online, Virtual Campus program as of March 13, 2020
    • Students enrolled in non approved certificate or workforce development programs
    • Challenger program students
    • Non-Credit and Audit course only students
  • CAN I HAVE THE GRANT BE APPLIED TO MY CURRENT SCHOOL BILLED CHARGES OR BOOK PURCHASES, RATHER THAN PAID TO ME DIRECTLY?
No.  Once the grant is disburse, a check will be USPS mailed to your address on the application. Once you have received the funds, you can make a payment for billed charges or other purchases if you so choose.
  • HOW CAN I HELP EXPEDITE THE RECEIPT OF FUNDS ONCE MY APPLICATION IS APPROVED?
Students are strongly encouraged to make sure CCM has your correct address to ensure that your check can be mailed to the correct address.  Please review your address in TITANS DIRECT.  If a change is required, complete the Change of Information Form and send the form to the Office of Records & Registration.
  • WHICH EXPENSES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE?
Eligible expenses include but are not limited to the below, excluding bills/expenses incurred prior to, and not related to the COVID-19 pandemic –
  1. Emergency or temporary housing
  2. Purchase of technology for distance learning (computers, software, internet, etc.) if previously face to face attending.
  3. Study abroad costs related to cancelled or suspended programs, including unused supplies and Visa/Passport fees
  4. Food and living expenses for students who have exceptional need or have lost student employment or co-op wages
  5. Unanticipated childcare expenses related to distance learning
  • WHAT COVID-19 RELATED DOCUMENTED PROOF OF HARDSHIP ARE ACCEPTABLE¬† (examples of statements and bills)?¬†
  1. Copy of employment separation from your employer(s) or  Department of Laborbenefit or application statement
  2. Proof of educationally related equipment purchases due to now online class participation (i.e. Technology)
  3. Proof of educational program cancellation or suspension
  4. Proof of housing/rent bill, if unemployed.
  5. Proof of medical/dental expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to loss of employment.
Attention: Applications received without supporting documents may be awarded the minimum amount.
  • HOW WILL I KNOW I AM AWARDED AND WHERE CAN I SEE IT?
Once awarded, an award e-notice will be sent to your CCM student email, instructing you to view your award on TITANS DIRECT under Financial Aid- ‘My Award’ or ‘Award Letter’.¬† Attention: The CARES grant is not viewable under Account Activity, as it will not be applied to your tuition and fees but mailed to you.
  • WHAT POSSIBLE REASONS THAT MY APPLICATION COULD BE DENIED¬† (examples)?
Reasons for denial may include but not limited to –
  1. Incomplete or invalid proof of Hardship
  2. Requested funds for tuition/fees and supplies only-
    1. Recommendation is to file the FAFSA for those expenses
  3. Supporting documents not received or relevant to COVID-19 hardship
  4. Not a U.S. Citizen or Eligible non-citizen
  5. Not in a Degree-seeking or approved certificate program
  6. Attending only online classes
  7. Recent CCM graduates not returning for a second degree and or a certificate in an approved program
  8. Not Registered with Selective Service (males only)
  • WHO CAN I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
All question may be sent to ccmcares@ccm.edu

Other helpful links to assist you with employment, housing cost/rent, childcare, IRS Income Tax Relief and more visit –

NJ Department of Human Services

NJ Department of Labor

CCM CARES-Act Disclosure & Reports.