CARES Act Emergency Grants

Update July 28, 2020:

The CARES Emergency Grant Application is now closed as funds for Spring 2020 have run out.  Please visit this page again in the Fall semester as more funds will be available at that time.


Updated: June 22, 2020

Last week, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction which temporarily prohibits the United States Department of Education from imposing any student eligibility restrictions on Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).  What this means is that California Community Colleges may immediately disburse emergency financial aid grants to students without regard to a student’s eligibility under Title IV of the Higher Education Act or their immigration status.  This means that the current requirements (and only requirements) that a student must meet in order to receive the CARES Emergency Grant are:

  • Have completed at least 1 course in Spring 2020
  • Could NOT have been enrolled in 100 percent online classes for Spring 2020 prior to March 13, 2020

The financial aid department is currently re-reviewing all CARES Emergency Grant applicants that were previously denied to see who is now eligible for the grant.  It is anticipated that this review should be completed by the end of this week.  Applicants that are now found eligible will receive the grant in priority order of when the application was received. 


Updated May 29, 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 can I apply?

Apply for a grant using the link to the form below.

CARES Emergency Grant Form

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: https://deltacollege.edu/department/financial-aid-scholarships-veterans-services

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 form at the link below.

CARES Emergency Grant Form        (Currently unavailable)

 

 

CARES Act Official Reporting and Notification Requirements

The following is information regarding the CARES Emergency Grant Funds that is required to post per the Department of Education:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that 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.
     
    San Joaquin Delta College signed and submitted the Certification and Agreement form on April 21, 2020.
     
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
     
    On April 29, 2020, San Joaquin Delta College received $3,917,715 to be distributed as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
     
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
     
    As of July 30, 2020, $3,753,420 has been disbursed to students.
     
  4. The 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.

    While HEERF-student share dollars are not Title IV financial aid, The Department of Education’s April 21, 2020 guidance states that students must meet Title IV financial aid eligibility requirements in order to receive HEERF emergency grants. That reduced the total number of Delta students eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants down to only 12,768.
     
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
     
    As of July 30, 2020, 2,572 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
     
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
     
    The College ran a report to select the population of students who met the following criteria:
  • Completed a FAFSA application
  • ​Were Title IV financial aid eligible
  • Had a 0 EFC (had the most need)
  • Had 30+ units completed (closer to graduation)
  • Were still enrolled in spring classes

This group of students were notified on May 11th that they had 1 week as a “priority filing” to complete the CARES Emergency Grant Application.  As of May 20th, the application opened up to any San Joaquin Delta College student that felt they met the eligibility requirements so that they could submit an application.

Grants were awarded to those students that applied and met all of the eligibility requirements which were set forth by the Department of Education.

San Joaquin Delta College is using the following budget to determine how much students will receive:

  • Supplies (Course Supplies, Technology, Wifi, etc.) = $1,450
  • Food Insecurities (Increase in Food Costs) = $650
  • Increased Medical Expenses = $350
  • Child Care Expenses (Having to pay child care or babysitter) = $1,500 max grant amount
  • Increased Home costs (Utilities) = $420
  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  • May 11, 2020 – Financial Aid Office sent email to priority group students describing the details of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants and providing a link to the CARES Emergency Grant application.  They were given 1 week to submit the applications as a “priority” group.
  • May 11, 2020 – Information was posted on the Financial Aid Department’s website regarding the CARES Emergency Grant, eligibility requirements, what the purpose of the grant is for and how to apply.
  • May 11, 2020 – Information was posted on San Joaquin Delta College’s social media regarding the funding.
  • May 20, 2020 – All currently enrolled San Joaquin Delta College students were sent an email explaining the CARES Emergency Grant program, eligibility requirements, what the purpose of the grant is for and how to apply.
  • May 20, 2020 – An update was provided on the Financial Aid Department website as well as the campus social media outlets.
  • May 15, 2020 – First group of students were awarded and disbursed grants