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 January 14, 2021, we have awarded 100% of our allocation to 6851 students.  In May, we initially disbursed $1,565,775 to 3781 Title IV financial aid eligible enrolled students.  In July, we disbursed an additional $413,800 to 2891 students who attended Spring 2020. 

In October, we disbursed the remaining $142,371 funds to our Fall 2020 Pell Grant eligible enrolled students with the greatest financial need.  Voided and uncash disbursements allowed us to recycle funds and award additional students during the spring 2021 semester.  A portion of these funds was awarded and disbursed through the “Request for Emergency Funds” application process available to all students.

RC HEERF Report 12-31-2020 (PDF)
RC HEERF Report 9-30-2020 (PDF)

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.

Limited funds were available for Fall 2020.  Students must have filed a 2020-21 FAFSA, received a Pell Grant, be enrolled at least half-time, and have exceptional financial need. 

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. Fall 2020 CARES Emergency Grants were awarded between $300 and $500.    

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: No, it is not too late to file.  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.