CARES Emergency Grant

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27 provides funding to higher education institutions to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. Reedley College received $4,243,892 of which 50% is for direct aid to support our currently enrolled students. This federal funding is being allocated to our students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare). Based on the CARES Act initial guidance, Reedley College disbursed funds to only Title IV financial aid eligible students with the greatest need.

Guidance changed on June 17, 2020, which now allows institutions to help all students affected by the disruption of campus operations without regard to a student’s eligibility under Title IV of the Higher Education Act or their immigration status. 

Reedley College received $2,121,946 to assist enrolled students.  As of June 29, 2020, we have awarded $1,979,575 to 6672 students.  In May, we disbursed a total of $1,565,775 to 3781 eligible students.  The remaining 2891 recently awarded students are scheduled to be paid in early July.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Most students who were enrolled during spring 2020 semester and had expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (including eligible expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare) are eligible to receive CARES emergency grant assistance.

High school and dual enrollment students, foreign students, and those who only had on-line courses prior to the COVID emergency are ineligible for a CARES Grant.

A: Award amounts vary. We based awards on whether the student filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, receipt of a Pell Grant disbursement for Spring 2020, and units enrolled.  

 

Award Amounts
Type 12 + units 9-11.5 units 6-8.5 units Less than 6 units
Tier 1 – (EFC<$5,577 and received Pell Grant funds for spring 2020) $600 $450 $300 $150
Tier 2 – (Filed a 19-20 FAFSA and did not receive a Pell Grant for Spring 2020) $300 $225 $150 $100
Tier 3 – (Did not file a 2019-2020 FAFSA) $100 $100 $100 $100

A: The deadline to file the 2019-2020 FAFSA is June 30, 2020.  Students can still apply for financial aid for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 by completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You do not have to repay CARES funds if you were determined eligible at the time of disbursement. 

If you are set-up for direct deposit the funds will be deposited into your bank account.  If you are not set-up for direct deposit the CARES check will be mailed to the address you have listed on WebAdvisor.