Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Pierce College students who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak can now access emergency funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Funding is now available through the Pierce College Financial Aid office to assist students with expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the pandemic.  Below are details about how these funds will work, and how you can apply:

Students must be Title IV eligible for funds and are encouraged to complete a FAFSA application. Please submit your CARES Act funding application to financialaid@pierce.ctc.edu.

CARES Act

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Pierce College has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that Pierce College has used or intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Pierce College has received $1,962,602.00 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to disburse to students. And has estimated that 7000 students may be 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.

In order to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and using guidance from the Department of Education that limits who/what qualifies for a grant, students are asked to complete an application that is available online. Once submitted, it is reviewed to verify whether it qualifies and, if so, a funding matrix is used to determine award amounts.

As of May 28, 2020, Pierce College has disbursed $238,400.00 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 219 students.