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.
CARES Act Funding - Fall 2020 Update:
The RCCD CARES Act Taskforce has experienced a delay in processing Round 3 applications and was unable to disburse funds by Sept 24, 2020. We understand the importance of these funds for students as they navigate the economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working diligently to address our distribution difficulties and ask for your patience as we work to ensure the data is correct. We anticipate distributions to occur by Oct 8, 2020.
Awards (as of 1/10/2021)
|||Moreno Valley College||Norco College||Riverside City College||RCCD|
| $ 9,018,216|
Total Eligible Students in Spring 2020
|Total Applications |
|Spring and Summer 2020 Applications||2,092||2,185||7,366||11,643|
|Total # of Awards: Spring & Summer 2020||1,520||1,620||5,423||8,563|
|Total Award Amount: Spring & Summer 2020 ($500 per student)||$ 760,000||$ 810,000||$ 2,711,500||$ 4,281,500|
|Total # of Awards |
for Fall 2020
|Total Award Amount ($500/student)||$ 643,500||$ 661,500||$ 2,202,500||$ 3,507,500|
|Remaining Funds After Fall 2020 Distribution||$ 437,422||$ 290,028||$ 501,766||$ 1,229,216|
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
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.
In addition to receiving funding for direct aid to students through the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, RCCD and its three colleges received funding from the U.S. Department of Education through CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, and 18004(a)(2), Support for Minority Serving Institutions, including Hispanic Serving Institutions. The Department of Education requires that each college post a Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report. Please follow the links below to each college's Quarterly CARES Report - Sections 1 and 2 - September 30, 2020. For more information, please contact the RCCD Grants Office at Laurie.McQuay-Peninger@rccd.edu.
Quarterly CARES Reports
January 10, 2021
September 30, 2020