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CARES Act information

​COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Students

If you are a KCC student with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations because of COVID-19, you may qualify for federal CARES Act grant assistance.

This grant provides emergency supplemental assistance intended to alleviate the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused by the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. To participate, a student must be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

View KCC's Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund reporting page.

Minimum criteria to apply:

  • Enrolled in 1 credit hour or more during payment periods at KCC during the COVID-19 national emergency
  • Provide an explanation along with documentation for requested funds such as current bill or invoice to show need related to the disruption of campus operations because COVID-19.
  • Be eligible for or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) – Please see below to confirm.

Process:

Submit the online application found here. Funding will be awarded on a case-by-case basis and is limited to the amount of funds available. The Office of Financial Aid will review and then approve or deny applications. If additional items are needed, a representative from KCC’s Office of Financial Aid will contact you through your KCC email address. Processing may take up to two weeks, pending the number of applications received.

Please make sure your address is updated with KCC. If you are approved, a check will be mailed to you.

Eligibility

To confirm you are an eligible or could be eligible student to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA):

  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential;
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school;
  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP);
  • Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants;
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan;
  • Be a U.S citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen ;
  • Have returned any fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if convicted of, or pled guilty/no contest to, charges;
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits;
  • Have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently;
  • If you are male, have registered for Selective Service; and
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the money need to be repaid? No, money received through this fund is a grant and does not need to be repaid.

Would this funding reduce my financial aid? No, this does not reduce your financial aid. Eligibility is not dependent on or associated with any other financial aid awards.

What are the deadlines to apply? There are no deadlines to apply. Awards will be distributed for those enrolled during semesters of eligibility (Spring 2020 and Summer 2020). If any funds remain, then disbursements may be made to Fall 2020 students.

If I lost my student employment job, can I apply for wages lost? No, wages lost would not be considered an expense. However, you may apply for the expenses you cannot pay due to wages lost.

Who can I call for more information? If you have questions or need more information, call or email KCC’s Office of Financial Aid: 815-802-8550, finaid@kcc.edu.

You may also check KCC’s Coronavirus Response webpage for additional information on KCC's response to COVID-19.