CARES Act for Students


CARES Act 2021 Grants for Students

The Kaskaskia College CARES 2021 Grant was made possible by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) signed into law on December 27, 2020. This law has some similarities—as well as important differences—from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was enacted on March 27, 2020. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need in 2021.

Funds from the CRRSAA are intended to assist students with expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. All awards must adhere to federal statutory and regulatory requirements.

Eligibility

In order to apply for Kaskaskia College’s CARES 2021 Grant, a student must:

  • Is enrolled in current semester coursework,
  • Have expenses incurred since December 27, 2020 related to cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care, and
  • Have a 2020-21 FAFSA on file with the College.

How to Apply

To apply for the CARES 2021 Grant for students, apply here.

FAQs for CARES 2021 funding or CRRSA Act

What is the CRRSA Act?                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The CRRSA Act is federal legislation which provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to colleges and universities, and portions of this allocation can be awarded to students who are experiencing financial expenses due to COVID-19 and its related impacts.

What kinds of expenses are covered by this grant?                                                                                                                                                                       Funds from the CARES 2021 Grant may be used for expenses related to a student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

Would this funding reduce my financial aid?                                                                                                                                                                                      No, the CARES 2021 Grant funding does not impact your eligibility for other financial aid.

I attended Kaskaskia College in 2020 and already recieved a CARES Act grant at that time. Can I still apply for a CARES 2021 grant for the Spring 2021 semester as well?                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Yes, qualifying students may fill out a CARES 2021 Grant application for spring semester even if they were awarded one at Kaskaskia College in the calendar year 2020.

FAQs for CARES Act (2020)

Do I have to repay a CARES Act grant?
No. These funds are a grant, not a loan. There is no requirement to repay the grant funds.

Will this funding reduce my financial aid?
This is a one-time grant that does not reduce financial aid.

Is the CARES Act grant taxable?
No, but please visit the IRS website for more information.

Where can I go if I have more questions?
If you have any additional questions, please email kcfinaid@kaskaskia.edu.

 

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