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).
- U.S. Citizen and Eligible non-citizen (US Passport; Birth Cert.; Refugee-I-94 (parolee); Permanent Resident)
- Degree-seeking students, attending face to face or hybrid (online/in-person required) classes
- Certificate students in an approved programs (face to face)
- Have a valid social security number
- Registered with Selective Service (males only)
- 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:Download application (writable .pdf) ¬†¬† firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
- HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THE CARES EMERGENCY FUNDS?
- WHO CAN APPLY?
- 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?
- HOW CAN I HELP EXPEDITE THE RECEIPT OF FUNDS ONCE MY APPLICATION IS APPROVED?
- WHICH EXPENSES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE?
- Emergency or temporary housing
- Purchase of technology for distance learning (computers, software, internet, etc.) if previously face to face attending.
- Study abroad costs related to cancelled or suspended programs, including unused supplies and Visa/Passport fees
- Food and living expenses for students who have exceptional need or have lost student employment or co-op wages
- Unanticipated childcare expenses related to distance learning
- Also visit NJ State Family resources https://www.childcarenj.gov/ for additional assistance.
- WHAT COVID-19 RELATED DOCUMENTED PROOF OF HARDSHIP ARE ACCEPTABLE¬† (examples of statements and bills)?¬†
- Copy of employment separation from your employer(s) or¬† Department of Labor – benefit or application statement
- Proof of educationally related equipment purchases due to now online class participation (i.e. Technology)
- Proof of educational program cancellation or suspension
- Proof of housing/rent bill, if unemployed.
- 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?
- WHAT POSSIBLE REASONS THAT MY APPLICATION COULD BE DENIED¬† (examples)?
- Incomplete or invalid proof of Hardship
- Requested funds for tuition/fees and supplies only-
- Recommendation is to file the FAFSA for those expenses
- Supporting documents not received or relevant to COVID-19 hardship
- Not a U.S. Citizen or Eligible non-citizen
- Not in a Degree-seeking or approved certificate program
- Attending only online classes
- Recent CCM graduates not returning for a second degree and or a certificate in an approved program
- Not Registered with Selective Service (males only)
- WHO CAN I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?