CARES Act Emergency Grant
The recently passed federal CARES Act includes funds for students to help with immediate needs related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Cuesta College has been allocated $3,527,579, and has certified with the U.S. Department of Education that $1,763,790 will go directly to students.
Over 3,000 students at Cuesta College may be eligible to apply for a grant.
Cuesta has distributed $704,750 as of 6/22/2020. This funding has helped 758 students.
The CARES Act Emergency Grant program has limited funding. Students will be awarded grants as long as funds remain available.
Based on guidelines established by the federal government for disbursement of CARES Act funds, students must meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid (Title IV Eligibility). Students who are not Title IV-eligible are not eligible for CARES Act Emergency Grants.
Emergency funds will be available via an application process for Title IV-eligible students who were enrolled in at least one on-campus class on March 13, 2020. Eligible students will receive a message in their myCuesta email account with details about the application process.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Based on guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education for disbursement of CARES Act funds, students must meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid (Title IV Eligibility) AND must have been enrolled in at least one on-campus class on March 13, 2020.
CARES Act Emergency Grants are intended to assist students with 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).