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​CARES Act (COVID Funding Resources)

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Are you experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19? If so, you are eligible to apply for FREE money through the CARES grant fund.

The Riverside Community College District and its colleges have signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education 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. More information about the grants to students can be accessed on our COVID-19 Funding Resources page.


Apply for COVID-19 CARE Fund for RCCD students:

https://www.RCCD.EDU/covid_funding_resources

 

Grant Awards (As of October 9, 2020)

Beginning Fund Balance 

$1,761,528

Total eligible students in Spring 2020 

3,460

Total Applications To Date 

2,357

Spring & Summer Applications 

2,185

Total # of Awards Spring & Summer 

1,620

​​Total Award Amount Spring & Summer
($500 per student) 
​$810,000
​Total # of Awards for Fall 2020 
​1,323
​​Total Award Amount ($500/student)
​$661,500

Remaining Funds after Fall 2020 Distribution

$290,028

 

Grant Distribution Information

A RCCD task force in consultation with student representatives determined how CARE Act funds will be distributed based on Department of Education eligibility criteria and need. The application – along with a scoring rubric (see below) – will guide the task force in determining awards. Only students who submit an application and demonstrate a COVID-19 related need will be eligible for monies. Funds are limited.

​Fall 2020 Timeline for remaining CARES Act funding
Application Open: August 31 – Sept 11, 2020
Anticipated Disbursement: Sept 24, 2020

 

Funding Scoring Rubric

Based on Student Records* (Category Total Points Possible: 9)

  • Pell Eligible (2 points)
  • California Promise Program Eligible (1 point)
  • EOPS (1 point)
  • Foster Youth (1 point)
  • Veteran (1 point)
  • Documented Disability (1 point)
  • CalWORKs (1 point)
  • First Generation (1 point)

*This information is currently being compiled by the District IE Team and IT using Spring 2020 data

Based on Application Answers (Category Total Points Possible: 13)

  • Reduction in work hours due to COVID 19
    • Student (1 point)
    • Family Member(s) (1 point)
  • Laid off due to COVID-19
    • Student (1 point)
    • Family Member(s) (1 point)
  • Food Insecurity / Hunger (1 point)
  • Housing Insecurity / Homelessness (1 point)
  • Food Cost (1 point)
  • Housing Cost (1 point)
  • Technology Expenses (1 point)
  • Health Care/Medical Expenses (1 point)
  • Child Care Expenses (1 point)
  • Transportation Expenses (1 point)
  • Other (1 point)

Total Points Possible: 22

 

CARES Act Application

  • ​Step 1: Login to your WebAdvisor
  • Step 2: Go to the Financial Aid Menu and select “CARES APPLICATION"
  • Step 3: Complete the Application
  • Step 4: Click Acknowledgement Statement
  • Step 5: Submit

Upon successful submission, you will receive notification on the screen and via email.

Applications will be accepted until May 8. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure that their applications are considered while funds are still available.

For questions, request a Zoom meeting to speak with a financial aid staff member at https://esars.rccd.edu/Norco/SFS/eSARS.asp​, or contact the Norco College financial aid office at studentfinancialservices@norcocollege.edu.


The Riverside Community College District and its colleges have signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education 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. More information about the grants to students can be accessed on our COVID-19 Funding Resources page​​