CARES Act Emergency Grants

Update October 29, 2020:

Due to the overwhelming number of application we received, the CARES Emergency Grant Application is now closed.  For those that applied, you should be receiving responses and/or awards in the next 1-2 weeks.


Update October 19, 2020:

The CARES Emergency Grant Application is now open for Fall 2020.  These grants are for students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.  Very limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The following are the guidelines for these emergency grants:

  1. The student must have a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application on File.
  2. The student must be currently enrolled for Fall 2020.
  3. The student must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.

If a student feels that they qualify for this emergency grant they can apply below.

CARES Emergency Grant Form (Not Currently Available)

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and the processing time depends on how many applications are received.


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?

Due to the overwhelming number of application we received, the CARES Emergency Grant Application is now closed.  For those that applied, you should be receiving responses and/or awards in the next 1-2 weeks.

Who is eligible?

Very limited funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The following are the guidelines for these emergency grants:

  1. The student must have a 2020-2021 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application on File.
  2. The student must be currently enrolled for Fall 2020.
  3. The student must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.
How will the grants be awarded?

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.  Students that qualify for the grant will be awarded and disbursed through the Financial Aid Department.  If a student is eligible, the award will appear in the Financial Aid Award section on MyDelta.  If the student is not eligible, they will receive an email to their delta student email account.

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 (Not Currently Available) 

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 (Not Currently Available)

 

 

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 and now quarterly: September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30). 

    As of October 20, 2020, $3,753,671 has been disbursed to students.
    As of December 31, 2020, $3,917,766 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.  For purposes of reporting, schools should calculate the number of eligible students by adding the number of students for whom the institution has received an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), plus the number of students who completed an alternative application form developed by the institution for this purpose, if any.  

    The total number of estimated students that would be eligible for an emergency grant are 22,636. 
     
  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 October 20, 2020, 2,573 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
    As of December 31, 2020, 2,670 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

A maximum of $1,500 was set per student.

For Fall 2020, the application became available to all students that met the following criteria:

  • Completed a FAFSA application
  • ​Were Title IV financial aid eligible
  • Had a 0 EFC (had the most need)
  • Were enrolled in fall classes

As long as students met the above criteria they were awarded an amount based on the same budget as the Spring 2020, however, a maximum of $625 was set for each student.

  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