CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds – CGCC
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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), which was passed by Congress in late March 2020, provides funding to assist students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

C-GCC has been granted CARES Act Emergency Grant funds to offer to students experiencing financial difficulties due to the disruption of campus operations and the transition to online learning due to COVID-19.


Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 enrolled students who have filed a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid, and who have the greatest financial need can be considered for these funds.

The CARES Act does not allow these funds to be used for international or DACA students.

How to Apply

Download and fill out the CARES ACT Application.

Allowable Expenses

Expenses can include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and/or child care.


You do not have to repay a Federal Emergency Aid Grant. Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant funds are designed as gift aid, and not as loans.

Impact on Existing Financial Aid Eligibility

This funding will not reduce your financial aid, and does not negate nor replace financial aid.