CARES Act – Emergency Funding

Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants through Federal CARES ACT

Northwest Iowa Community College is partnering with the U.S. Department of Education to distribute Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to students in financial need due to unexpected expenses related to the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 disruption of campus operations by the coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, and transportation).

NCC students experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for the Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant.  Priority consideration is given to Spring 2020 students and Summer 2020 students enrolled in on-campus courses that were impacted by the college’s COVID-19 response.  Guest students, non-degree seeking students, exclusively online students, high school concurrent students, and DACA students are not eligible.

Students applying for the CARES Act Emergency Grant must be experiencing an increased financial need or hardship due to the disruption of college operations related to COVID-19 pandemic. CARES Act Emergency Grant funds can be used for assistance in paying the following eligible expenses.

  • Food
  • Housing/Utilities
  • Computer/Technology
  • Unexpected healthcare expenses
  • Childcare
  • Transportation

Steps to Apply

  • Complete the CARES Act Emergency Grant Student Application at Priority deadline is May 29.
  • All applications will be reviewed for eligibility.
  • Once an application is approved, the student will receive a notification of the grant amount and the disbursement date.

Please note: Students that are not approved for CARES Act Emergency Grants will also be notified.

Funds are limited. Students are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible. The following factors may be used when reviewing applications for funding:

  • Submission date of the application
  • Financial need based on the FAFSA
  • Cost related to enrollment status 

FAQS

What are CARES Act Emergency Grants?
The recently enacted federal CARES Act provided money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students experiencing additional expenses or financial hardships related to disruptions to campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, and transportation).
    • Students must have been enrolled in on-campus/face-to-face courses for Spring courses after March 13, 2020.
    • Students exclusively in online enrollment are not eligible.
    • Students enrolled in Summer 2020 courses that were intended to be offered on-campus may also qualify. 
  • Per Federal guidance, concurrent high school students, guest students, non-degree seeking students, and DACA students are not eligible. 
  • Students who have completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA. 


How much are the CARES ACT Emergency Grants?
Funds are limited. Students are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible. The following factors may be used when reviewing applications for funding and determining the grant amount.

  • Submission date of the application
  • Financial need as documented on the application


Can a student apply for more than one CARES Act Emergency Grant?
Students are only eligible to receive one CARES Act Emergency Grant.

When should I apply?
The priority deadline is May 29, 2020. All completed applications will be reviewed in a timely manner and students will receive email communications on their status.

Does the money have to be paid back?
No, the CARES Act Emergency Grant is a grant. Students do not have to pay back the grant.

If I am approved, how long will it take to receive the CARES Act Emergency Grant?  How will I receive the money?
After submission of the application, the college will review and process approvals. Your grant will come one of two ways 1) as check through the mail or 2) direct deposit (if you have signed up for this).

If you wish to sign up for direct deposit please log into MyPlace, click on My Self Service and then select the Banking Information box on the right. Select Add an Account and enter in your banking information.  Please note:  It is VERY important you set it up correctly or it may delay your refund.

  • Students who are not approved for a CARES Act Emergency Grant will also receive notification regarding their application status.

If I am approved, for what expenses can I use my CARES Act Emergency Grant money?
CARES Act Emergency Grant funds are intended to be used to cover costs related to the cost of attendance such as food, housing, utilities, transportation, technology, childcare,  or unexpected medical costs that you incurred as a result of the pandemic disruption to college operations.

Will accepting the CARES Act Emergency Grant impact any future financial aid?
The IRS has announced that the CARES Act grant aid will not count as taxable income.The grant will not reduce other financial aid you may qualify for.

For other questions, please contact:
NCC Business Office at busoffice@nwicc.edu

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