CARES: Emergency Grants for Students
CARES funding has been fully distributed to eligible students. For more information regarding emergency funding, please go here to learn about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II).
Chesapeake College is committed to supporting student success. In these unusual and unprecedented times, we recognize that students may face unexpected challenges in reaching their education goals and require short-term financial support to achieve success. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Please note that students must be active in a credit-based program and eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid (FSA).
What can CARES funding be used for?
Students will receive funds to assist with these expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.
Who is Eligible for Emergency Grant Funding?
Per the Department of Education, you must:
- Be participating in a Title IV eligible program
- Be a US Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen
- Be registered for Selective Service
- Be impacted by campus disruption due to COVID-19
- Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
Who is not eligible?
- Continuing Education Students
- Dual Enrollment Students
- Undocumented Students
- Students who were already enrolled exclusively online for the Spring 2020 semester
How much CARES funding can I receive?
CARES funding is awarded to assure that there is equitable distribution to our eligible student population. We want to ensure that we are able to address student needs as fairly as possible. For this reason, we are unable to guarantee that you will receive the full amount you request.
How do I apply to request CARES Funding?
In order to expedite the process, please be sure that you have completed a current FAFSA (visit www.studentaid.gov for more information).
It’s easy just:
- Download the form
- Complete the form
- Save the form
- Email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
If my request is approved, when will I receive the funding?
If you are enrolled in the current term (a term that has already started), you will receive a check within two weeks from the time you submit the request form. If you are requesting funding for a future term that has not yet started, the funding will not be distributed until after the add/ drop period for that term has passed. For Fall 2020, this date is 9/04/20 in most cases. Check the Academic Calendar for more information.