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CARES Act Funding

CARES Act Funding

Clark State certified with the Department of Education to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students utilizing available Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (CARES, CRRSA, ARP).

Clark State's COVID-19 Emergency Fund provided assistance to students at risk of dropping out of college due to unexpected financial emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance was created to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals, ultimately, securing a better financial future. 

Students enrolled as of March 16, 2020 who faced hardships due to the pandemic can apply for this Emergency Grant. They must attest that they are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These types of eligibility requirements are detailed on the application. Students can request up to $1,500 in funding for food, housing, childcare, health care, course materials, technology, tuition assistance or other critical needs. Money is given directly to the student is not held to be applied to their account. We estimate that about 2,753 students were eligible to apply for this emergency funding.

Students were first notified by email of this opportunity on April 16, 2020. Since then, we have awarded 1,555 students a total of $1,457,314. All student CARES funds have been distributed to students as of September 4, 2020.

Clark State College has since been awarded CRRSA and ARP funds. We have awarded 1,724 students a total of $3,269,837.