CARES Act Emergency Aid
The CARES Act provides federal funds to students to offset the expenses they might have incurred when their college switched from face-to-face to remote learning. That could mean having to buy a computer, buying or upgrading internet access, or increased utility costs from being home, among other expenses. For fall 2020, HCC's CARES Act grant is in the amount of $200 per student. This money does not have to be paid back.
CARES Act Eligibility
To be eligible for these funds, you must be a degree-seeking student at Holyoke Community College, currently enrolled in at least one credit.
CARES Act Process
The CARES Act grant will be be distributed the week of November 16. You don't have to do anything to receive it. You will automatically receive a direct deposit if you set it up in Online Services. If you did not, a check will be mailed to the address we have listed for you. Not sure if you set up direct deposit? To check your preferences, log in to Online Services and go to the eRefund/eBill Statement/Payments/Payment Plan link under the Student Services tab.
CARES Act Supplemental Grants
We recognize that the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 had a tremendous impact on our students, and some students incurred expenses beyond the $200 allocated for the CARES Act grant. If you incurred expenses above $200 that were directly related to HCC’s move to remote teaching and learning, you may be eligible for additional money through a CARES Act Supplemental Grant.
Supplemental Grant Eligibility
To be eligible for a CARES Act Supplemental Grant, you must:
- Meet the CARES Act eligibility requirements listed above
- Supply receipts or other documentation showing expenses above $200 that are directly related to the college shifting to remote learning
- Complete a supplemental grant application
Supplemental Grant Process
Once you have completed the supplemental grant application and have provided appropriate documentation (including receipts), your application will be reviewed. If approved, you will receive a supplemental grant based on your expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Please note that limited funds are available for Supplemental Grants, so apply as soon as possible.
Once approved, the grant will be distributed to you based on the refund preferences you set up in Online Services. To check your preferences, log in to Online Services and go to the eRefund/eBill Statement/Payments/Payment Plan link under the Student Services tab.
Other Sources of Funds
HCC recognizes that:
- You might not be eligible for CARES Act money but may still be financially impacted by COVID-19 and in need of assistance
- You might be eligible for CARES Act money but need funds beyond what the CARES Act grant/supplemental grant provides
If this describes your situation, you are encouraged to apply for a grant from the President’s Student Emergency Fund. This is also aid that does not have to be paid back.
Please also read our CARES Act Report page.
No, money received through the CARES Act or the President's Student Emergency Fund does not need to be repaid.
The CARES Act grant will not reduce your financial aid. Funds you receive through the President's Student Emergency Fund could impact your financial aid, although it is very unlikely.
- Buying or renting a Chromebook or laptop
- Technology accessories
- Internet access
- Utilities based on increased time at home
- Increase in cost of food based on loss of food subsidized by HCC
No. These funds are only for students who are currently enrolled at HCC.