CARES Act Emergency Grants

Updated May 20, 2020

Recently, President Trump signed the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this Act provides funds to higher education institutions to distribute to students in the form of emergency grants.

These grants will be awarded to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.

As of Wednesday, May 20, all eligible Delta College students are now invited to apply for grants. Please read questions and answers below for additional details.

Cares Act FAQ
Will I be able to apply for funding?

As of May 20, 2020, all Delta students can apply for funding provided they meet certain criteria. Unfortunately, there is not enough money to address everyone's needs. Our goal is to help as many students as possible.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for an emergency grant (Per the Department of Education regulations), students must:

  • Have a 2019/2020 FAFSA on file 
  • Have verification through their FAFSA of citizenship, social security number and high school diploma (if needed)
  • Be currently enrolled for Spring 2020
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid

Additionally, students must not:

  • Have been enrolled in 100 percent online classes prior to March 13
  • Owe an over-award to the Department of Education or have a current student loan in default status
How will the grants be awarded?

Priority was given to students who have the most financial need and have completed the most units. These students were sent emails on May 11 with instructions how to apply for a grant. As of May 20, all Delta students can apply.

When is the deadline to apply?

There is no deadline. However, funds are limited so we encourage you to apply promptly.

How much will I receive?

The size of the grants depends on the level of hardship faced by each student. 

How will I know if I've been awarded a grant?

If you are approved, the CARES Emergency Grant will appear in your Financial Aid on the MyDelta Portal. 

What if I have more questions?

Please use the live chat function on the Financial Aid page to get assistance or ask questions:

If you feel that you meet all of the above requirements and have experienced extra expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care) then please complete the application for the CARES Emergency Grant.

CARES Emergency Grant Form