CARES Fund Grants for Students

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has created new financial challenges for many college students. In response, the federal government has set aside funds to provide direct support to students to help offset their expenses related to the outbreak. This fund is called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Fund. 

Students are encouraged to apply for CARES funding through our Emergency Grant Application 

For additional financial resources available to help you during this time, visit our Financial Wellness page.

Who is eligible? 

The following criteria must be met: 

  • Students must be currently enrolled   
  • Students must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic years or be eligible to complete the FAFSA. 
  • Those who are eligible may complete the FAFSA at 
  • Students may visit to learn whether they are eligible to complete the FAFSA. 
  • Students must not be in Loan Default or Pell Overpayment Status 
  • Returning students must be in good/warning status for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 

If you are not eligible for CARES funding, you can still fill out our Emergency Grant Application. You may be eligible funding from a different source, like Clark College Foundation or state organizations. 

Who is not eligible? 


Under the U.S. Department of Education guidelines, the following categories of students are not eligible for CARE funds: 

  • International  
  • Most non-citizens  
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients  
  • Running Start  
  • Transitional Studies (pre-college, English as a Second Language, GED prep, etc.) 

If you are not eligible for CARES funding, you can still fill out our Emergency Grant Application. You may be eligible funding from a different source, like Clark College Foundation or state organizations. 

What kind of emergency can the fund be used toward? 

 Students can use CARE funding for:

  • Housing/utilities  
  • Food 
  • Technology 
  • Books/Supplies 
  • Childcare 
  • Transportation  
  • Other educational costs  

Will the fund be available for future term(s)?

 Yes. Funds will be held for distribution in future terms. Students must re-apply each term.  

How do students apply for CARES funding? 

Clark College has created one centralized application process for all our emergency grants, including the CARES Act 

What is the awarding process?

Once an application is submitted, a committee will review your request and may reach out to you if additional information is needed. If your request is approved, the funds will be disbursed to you either by check or electronic transfer through BankMobileThe funds will not be applied to any outstanding balance on your student account.  

The CARES fund emergency grant to students will not impact your eligibility for other funding. It will not be counted toward your Estimated Financial Aid, nor do you have to count the money as taxable income on your tax return. 

How much can students receive?

The total amount and method(s) will depend on a student’s expense(s) related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak up to $2,000 per term through the application process.  

When students complete and submit the Clark College Universal Grant Application, a committee will verify the student’s eligibility, completeness of the application, and determine the student’s emergency need based on what is indicated on the application.  

Who can answer questions about CARES funding? 

 Email Financial Wellness Program team members at 

Public Disclosure Information

Clark College has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) the Certification and Agreement that assured the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 

Additional Information: 

  • Total HEERF funds approved for Clark College: $5,205,414 
  • Total HEERF funds to be distributed to students as emergency grants: $2,602,707 
  • Estimated number of Clark College students eligible for CARES grants for spring term*: 2,700 
  • Clark College has not awarded any students at this time. This information will be updated on a monthly basis.

*Based on 2019-2020 data from the Individual Student Information Report (ISIR-Financial Aid Information from the Department). This is an estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 

About the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed which is a $2 trillion assistance package providing $30.75 billion for an Educational Stabilization fund. Within the Educational Stabilization fund, four grants were created:  

  1. Educational Stabilization Fund Discretionary Grants 
  2. Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund 
  3. Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, and  
  4. the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  

 The HEERF provides $14.25 billion in funds to institutions of higher education. Of the amount allocated to each institution, at least 50 percent of the funds received under Sections 18004(a) (1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act must be reserved to provide direct support in the form of emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare. The other 50 percent of the HEERF can cover an institution’s costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to COVID-19.  


This page was last updated May 18, 2020 at 11:10 a.m.