COVID-19 Funding Resources
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Emergency Financial Aid Grant to Students
Update on CARES Act Funding Eligibility
In the lawsuit of Oakley vs. DeVos, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office received a preliminary injunction against the US Department of Education (DOE) regarding the distribution of CARES Act Emergency Aid to students. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) grants COVID-19 relief funds to college students, but the DOE guidance on the distribution of those funds excluded some students from receiving this much needed aid. The DOE FAQ regarding student eligibility requirements outlines how funds can be allocated, which effectively prevented certain students - undocumented, non-credit, credential only - to name a few, from receiving economic relief during the pandemic. This recent court injunction removes all student eligibility conditions. Given this, the Riverside Community College District's Taskforce responsible for distributing these funds to our students is taking steps to reassess all applications it has received to date from both Round 1 of CARES Act Funding, and the second round of applications being submitted for this aid, to support those students who were previously thought to be ineligible for CARES resources. The Taskforce will meet the week of June 26 to make further recommendations.
Awards (As of July 7, 2020)
|Total # of Applications||2092||2185||7366|
|Total # of Awards||1520||1620||5423|
Grant Distribution Information
A RCCD task force in consultation with student representatives determined how CARE Act funds will be distributed based on Department of Education eligibility criteria and need. The application will guide the task force in determining awards. Only students who submit an application and demonstrate a COVID-19 related need will be eligible for monies. Funds are limited.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Aid Plan
CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions
Summer 2020 Timeline for remaining CARES Act funding
Application Open: June 15 – 26, 2020
Anticipated Disbursement: July 9, 2020
Fall 2020 Timeline for remaining CARES Act funding
Application Open: August 31 – Sept 11, 2020
Anticipated Disbursement: Sept 24, 2020
Instructions for filling out the CARES Act Application Form
CARES Act Application
- Step 1: Login to your Student Portal (WebAdvisor)
- Step 2: Go to the Financial Aid Menu and select “CARES APPLICATION"
- Step 3: Complete the Application
- Step 4: Click Acknowledgement Statement
- Step 5: Submit
Upon successful submission, you will receive notification on the screen and via email.
Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure that their applications are considered while funds are still available.
For questions, contact your college financial aid office.