CARES Act/HEERF I
Southeast Community College is distributing federal funds to students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds are awarded to eligible students who experienced certain financial hardships due to the COVID-19 disruption. Grants were made available to students who completed a CARES Act application and who:
- Remained enrolled at SCC for the 2020 Spring Semester past March 13, 2020.
- Have a completed 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at SCC.
- Are eligible to receive federal financial aid (also known as Title IV funds).
- Have incurred eligible expenses related to COVID-19.
Eligible expenses are defined by the Department of Education as those related directly to the disruption of campus operations. Those expenses are:
- Housing (rent, utilities)
- Food (groceries, other meal expenses)
- Technology (computer, phone, internet access, other remote access needs)
- Healthcare (medical, counseling, other healthcare related expenses)
- Childcare (babysitting, daycare, other dependent care costs)
- Course material (books, access codes, supplies, lab equipment)
- Other expenses (tutoring, unexpected living/academic situations or expenses)
The CARES ACT application is not currently available. Applications were accepted through Monday, August 10, 2020.
- Submitting an application does NOT guarantee that a student will receive a CARES Act grant.
- CARES Act grants are limited and will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis until there are no more funds available.
Title IV funds include anything that is administered through the Federal Student Aid program. Examples of Title IV aid include federal Pell and SEOG grants, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans, federal work-study and parent PLUS loans.
Students must first apply and be accepted to an eligible Program of Study at Southeast Community College. They must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If selected for financial aid verification, students must complete the review process and submit appropriate documentation.
There are several criteria that are used to determine if a student is eligible for Title IV funds. More information about these financial aid eligibility requirements can be found on the Financial Aid Policies page.
According to the guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education, the following students are not eligible to receive CARES Act grants:
- Students who are not declared in an eligible Program of Study at SCC.
- International students and/or those students who cannot provide documentation of U.S. citizenship.
- Students enrolled exclusively in online courses for the 2020 Spring or 2020 Summer Semester.
- Students enrolled in only non-credit courses.
- Students who are currently on financial aid suspension.