CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students

The Federal Government established the Higher Education Relief Fund (HEERF) under the CARES Act on March 27, 2020.  This fund will allow Clinton Community College to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clinton Community College acknowledges an authorized representative of the institution has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  • Clinton Community College has been awarded $765,962 of which $382,981 (50%) is designated for emergency grants for students. 
  • The student application is live. 
  • We have identified 457 students with potential eligibility. These students are identified as eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the CARES Act.  Additional students could be identified during the application process.
  • As of 9/21/2020, $225,437 has been awarded to 171 students. 


Students must be eligible to receive Title IV (Federal) Financial Aid in order to be approved for a Federal Cares Act grant.

Title IV Eligibility includes:

  • US Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for the Spring 2020 semester
  • Were matriculated and enrolled in a degree-seeking program (part-time or full-time) at Clinton Community College during the Spring 2020 semester
  • Not in default of any federal student loans
  • Have an official 2019-20 FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office

Students must have incurred expenses specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding must be utilized for the expenses that are requested. Allowable expenses may include:

  • Food                                                                                       
  • Housing
  • Course Materials/Technology
  • Utilities
  • Health Care/Dependent Care
  • Transportation

How to Apply

Application/Certification is required to receive the funds. An email with funding information and a link to the application was sent to students and additional follow up/reminder emails will be sent in regular intervals. The application availability information will be also posted on the college's social media feeds. Financial Aid Office is the point of contact for any questions.

Determination of Awards

Clinton Community College has prioritized awarding of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to its students in the following manner (methodology):

The categories listed below identify Pell recipients with lowest EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and non-Pell recipients, but Title IV eligible with lowest EFC and awards will be based proportionally on full time, part time, and less than half time status within each priority.

  1.  Priority 1: FAFSA on file, Pell recipient, and EFC = 0 
  2.  Priority 2: FAFSA on file, Pell recipient, and EFC = 1-500 
  3.  Priority 3: FAFSA on file, Title IV eligible, and EFC = 0-500
  4.  Priority 4: FAFSA on file, Pell and non-Pell recipient, and EFC is between 501 and 5576 

Emergency grants disbursed will be equal to student's self-identified expenses and/or up to the maximum award amount identified at a student's appropriate priority and enrollment level, whichever is less.

Any application received whereby the student has identified a need, but they do not fall into Priority 1 through 4 category or their EFC is above the Pell grant eligibility will be reviewed and awarded an emergency grant based on remaining availability of funds after priority applications are funded. Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, students will receive awards ranging from $500 to $3,000.

Other Important Information

  • This funding will not have an impact on your current or future financial aid eligibility.
  • Clinton Community College will be required to report CARES Act grants in Box 5 of 2020 1098Ts.
  • Federal CARES Act emergency grants do not need to be repaid.
  • Any additional questions about the CARES Act grant application process at Clinton Community College should be sent to