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ACC CARES Act Emergency Grant

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed and signed in March 2020. It established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). These allocated funds are for the students of Arapahoe Community College to “provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.” (CARES Act, Section 1800)

As a student of ACC if you incurred expenses or hardships related to the coronavirus that disrupted your education, we may be able to help! This not only includes needs such as a technology to participate in the remote learning versions of your classes, improvements in internet service, new or additional course materials, but also if you are struggling due to the disruption to pay rent, buy food, pay for childcare, and pay for related healthcare expenses.

If you are struggling to pay any educational expenses or would like assistance taking classes in an upcoming semester, we can help with those too.

As of June 5, ACC has awarded the current allocation of the CARES Act Emergency Grants and is no longer processing applications. If you have need for technology or food or other assistance, please review student resources and if ACC is allocated additional funds, we will review the applications for awarding. In the meantime, you are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible if you have not already. If your financial situation has changed since you filed your 2018 taxes and you have already completed a FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Office ask about the Professional Judgement Appeal process. They will provide you with the steps necessary for your file to be reviewed with your current financial information. 

Funds will be processed through your BankMobile account. The CARES funding available to ACC is limited and the funding available to ACC students will be distributed as soon as possible while the funds last. Applying for the funding early is strongly encouraged. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please apply and we will assist you accordingly.  

Eligibility requirements per the US Department of Education

Eligible students include US citizens taking on campus classes who have completed high school. Students in programs that were exclusively online prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible. Eligibility will be verified prior to the distribution of grant funding. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. Source: US Dept. of Education.


Arapahoe Community College 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. Arapahoe Community College signed the assurance and submitted on April 20, 2020 and received the funds on April 25, 2020.   

$1,039,805 minimum will be used for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. 

Distribution of CARES funds to ACC Students

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 1, 2020, Arapahoe Community College had distributed $693,820 to students
  • As of May 20, 2020, Arapahoe Community College had distributed $515,770 to students. 

Estimated Total Number of Eligible Students

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. 

  • 2,612 students are estimated to be eligible under Section 484 in Title IV. 

Number of Students Who Have Received CARES Funds

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 1, 2020, 699 students have received a grant.
  • As of May 20, 2020, 507 students have received a grant. 

Methods Used to Determine Which Students Receive Grants

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. 

  • All students enrolled in Spring 2020 courses that were not solely online were invited to apply. Students who applied were reviewed to determine if they met initial eligibility as designated by the Department of Education – specifically enrolled in Title IV eligible programs on campus (not online) as of March 13, 2020 and the nature of the impact (housing, technology, childcare, food, instructional materials, other). After review, applications were reviewed by Financial Aid professional staff to determine if the student was Title IV eligible or if additional information is needed to assess Title IV eligibility. The average award is $993 (updated July 1, 2020).