C.A.R.E.S. Act

Coastal Carolina Community College’s CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief

When you click the link below to access the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) application, your enrollment status will be used to verify, based upon U.S. Department of Education guidelines, whether or not you are currently enrolled in a program of study eligible for emergency relief financial award consideration: Click here to apply. And, to assist in the determination of other eligibility criteria listed on this page under “Eligibility Requirements”,  if you have not already completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please click here.

If you are unable to access the CARES application, you may be enrolled in an ineligible program of study. Please thoroughly review the eligibility guidelines, including, but not limited to, the requirement that expenses incurred must be related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 on this page listed under “Eligibility Guidelines”.

If you have questions about your enrollment status or about the CARES application process, you may contact Student Services by calling (910) 938-6332, (910) 938-6394, or e-mailing finaid@coastalcarolina.edu using your Coastal Carolina Community College e-mail account.  Please also know that student support services and community resources may still be available to you even if you are not eligible for emergency relief funds, and you may contact either the College Foundation Office at (910) 938-6792 or Student Services at (910) 938-6332 for more information about student support services or community resources.

Eligibility Information:

According to U.S. Department of Education rules:

  • Students must be currently enrolled at the College in programs of study that lead to a degree, diploma, or certificate (Continuing Education programs leading to a credential are not eligible);
  • Students must have a high school diploma, GED, or recognized alternative credential by the U.S. Department of Education (CCP (Career & College Promise) students are not eligible);
  • Students must be Title IV eligible, as defined under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended;
  • Students could not be enrolled in entirely online programs or taking classes entirely online prior to March 13, 2020;
  • Eligible expenses must have been incurred after March 13, 2020;
  • Students cannot currently be enrolled in programs that are only offered solely online (e.g., Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology Program);
  • Students must be U.S. citizens, or eligible U.S. non-citizens; and
  • Male students must be registered with Selective Service.

Note: The College, upon receipt of CARES Act emergency relief funds, will process applications on a first-come, first-served basis. All guidelines within the application, including processing periods provided in the application, are subject to change without notice, are for informational purposes only, and are not to be construed as any guarantee by the College. Individuals who receive emergency relief funds through the CARES Act are only eligible for a one-time award.

Certification and Agreement Reporting Information

The College has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Certification and Agreement assuring that the College has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent (50%) of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The total amount of funds that the College will receive from the DOE pursuant to the Certification and Agreement is $3,371,351.00.

Estimated # of
Eligible Students
# of Students who
have Received Grants
Total Amount of
Grants Distributed
2,967 0 $0

Per DOE requirements, the Certification and Agreement directs each institution applying for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) funds to comply with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act and submit an initial report (the “30-day Fund Report”) to the Secretary thirty (30) days from the date of the institution’s Certification and Agreement to the DOE. The DOE will provide instructions for providing the required information to the Secretary in the near future. In the meantime, each HEERF participating institution must post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the DOE 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.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the DOE pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution 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.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

30-day Fund Report

Date Estimated # of
Eligible Students
# of Students who
have Received Grants
Total Amount of
Grants Distributed
June 30, 2020 2,967 21 $15,800