CARES Act – Emergency Funds for Eligible Students

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Kellogg Community College received approximately $1 million to provide emergency grants to students who have unforeseen emergency expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.  Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible to be considered to receive funds, KCC students:

  • Must have been a degree or certificate seeking student enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester
  • Must be eligible to receive Title IV aid
  • Must have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA or be eligible to submit a 2019-20 FAFSA
  • Must currently be meeting satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements for financial aid as of March 23, 2020, the date KCC converted all eligible Spring 2020 courses to online-only format
  • Must have been enrolled in at least one originally scheduled face to face course as of March 23, 2020
  • Must not have been enrolled in a fully online program as of March 13, 2020
  • Must have incurred financial need or hardship due to COVID-19 related campus disruption

In accordance with Department of Education guidelines, KCC is distributing CARES Act emergency grant funding to eligible students in three ways:

  • Direct awards of up to $500 per student will be disbursed to students meeting the eligibility criteria. Awards are pro-rated based upon the student’s enrollment level as of March 23, 2020. Students in this group do not need to request or apply for these funds. Notifications of awards will be sent to students via their KCC email account beginning the week May 22, 2020.
  • Limited CARES Act funds have been set aside for eligible students enrolled in Spring 2020 who have not filed a FAFSA form to access through a self-certification process. Students in this group must be eligible to file a FAFSA to be considered for funding. Notifications of eligibility will be sent to students via their KCC email accounts during the week of May 29, 2020, with instructions on how to access and submit the self-certification application. Students in this category will be eligible to receive up to $400. Awards will be pro-rated based upon the student’s enrollment level as of March 23, 2020. Applications must be submitted by July 1 to be considered.
  • KCC will make available a Hardship Grant application in early June for students who experienced COVID-19 disruption-related expenses that were not met through the two options above. Funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and available until the College’s remaining grant funds are exhausted. Applications will be open to all students meeting the eligibility criteria and must be submitted by July 1. Factors such as job loss, child care, medical expenses, housing or food insecurity, an inability to pay for educational supplies, technology or expenses will be considered. 
  • All grant funds will be processed through student accounts and will be transferred via direct deposit or, if the student does not have banking information on file, via paper check and mailed to the student.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dual enrolled or early college students eligible for this funding?

No. Only students eligible for federal financial aid may receive CARES Act funds. In order to be eligible for federal financial aid, a student must have earned a high school diploma, GED, or other recognized equivalent.

Are international students eligible for this funding?

Based on current U.S. Department of Education guidance, recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens to receive CARES Act funds.

I did not complete the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Can I still qualify for this funding?

Yes. A student only needs to be eligible to file a FAFSA in order to qualify for this funding. Notifications of eligibility will be sent to students via their KCC email account the week of May 29 with instructions on how to access and submit the self-certification application that replaces the FAFSA filing requirement. Applications must be submitted by July 1 to be considered for funding.

If the grant amount received did not meet the expenses I incurred, can I apply for additional funds?

Yes. A Hardship Grant application will be released in early June and open to all students meeting the eligibility requirements outlined above. If you previously received funding from the College under the CARES Act by automatic grant or self-certification, you may still submit the hardship application to potentially qualify for additional monies. Funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and available until our remaining grant funds are exhausted. Applications must be submitted by July 1 to be considered.

If I have expenses related to Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semesters, can I apply for CARES Act grant funds?

The U.S. Department of Education has placed the funding priority on the Spring 2020 semester.  If funds remain under our CARES Act allocation after the three disbursement methods outlined above have been met, KCC will release a grant application form at the beginning of July for the Summer 2020 and possibly Fall 2020 students. There is no guarantee that funding will remain available for future semesters. Additional guidance will be provided closer to July.

How and when will I receive the funds?

The CARES Act grants will be processed by the KCC Financial Aid office.  KCC will disburse the funds weekly beginning May 22.

Grant amounts will be direct deposited into bank accounts of students who are enrolled in direct deposit. Students without direct deposit will receive a refund check in the mail.

Direct deposit can be set up by logging in to the Bruin Portal, selecting Banking Information from the menu screen and clicking Add an Account.

Southern Michigan Bank & Trust has agreed to cash checks fee-free for KCC students with a valid government-issued ID who do not have access to bank accounts.

Do I need to apply for loans or other aid?

No

What if I owe KCC for tuition or other expenses?

The funds will pass through the student account, but the full amount of the CARES Act grants will be given directly to the student and will not pay outstanding balances owed to the College. These funds cannot be used toward any outstanding balances. Any outstanding balance owed will remain the responsibility of the student.

How can I use the funds?

Students may use these funds for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic – specifically food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Who do I contact with questions?

Questions can be emailed to the KCC Business Office at busoffice@kellogg.edu or the Financial Aid Office at finaid@kellogg.edu for assistance.

What other resources are available?

If you need help with resources for food, housing, and/or financial assistance, please consider reaching out to the KCC Foundation at https://www.kellogg.edu/about/foundation/ for more information. Limited resources are available through the Beyond Tuition grant program.