Oakton CARES - COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Oakton Community College is launching the Oakton CARES program in order to provide emergency assistance for students educationally disrupted and financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the federal CARES Act, Oakton Educational Foundation’s Student Success Fund, and institutional resources.

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is a federal program providing emergency funding for students impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidelines provided by the Department of Education indicate that these funds can only be distributed to students who are Title IV eligible (i.e. eligible via a FAFSA for the 2019-2020/2020-2021 academic year) and to support expenses created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption caused to students due to changes in campus operations. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Tuition is not considered an eligible expense. Federal funding is subject to the rules and eligibility requirements found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act and in subsequent notice(s) from the U.S. Department of Education.

Given that the federal CARES Act funding is not available to all Oakton students (including DACA, undocumented, international, online-only, and others), and the importance of equity among all students, the college and the Oakton Educational Foundation have also set aside funding to assist those who have been impacted and are not eligible to receive financial assistance through the federal program.

While the college seeks to serve as many students as possible, funds available through the Oakton CARES program are limited. Grants may vary by student and not all applicants will receive support. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.
Money received through this fund does not need to be repaid. This fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant. Any questions about your application should be referred to care@oakton.edu.

Students who are Title IV eligible and currently or previously enrolled in spring, summer, and/or fall 2020 courses can apply for CARES Act funding if they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students currently or previously enrolled in spring, summer, and/or fall 2020 courses but are not Title IV eligible (not able to complete a FAFSA) and, therefore, do not qualify for federal CARES Act funding may still be eligible to receive support from other sources of funding through the College directly and/or the Oakton Educational Foundation’s Student Success Fund, supported by private donors.
Students should generally be in good academic standing.
Visiting students at Oakton should contact their home institution to learn how their institution is making CARES Act federal funds available to students who qualify.

Selection Criteria
Qualifying expense resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and change in campus operations in spring, summer, and/or fall 2020.
Additional consideration will be given to:
amount of request,
number of applications submitted,
financial need as demonstrated on the federal financial aid application,
enrollment status, and
academic standing.

Award Amount
Generally range from $200 to $1,000 per application. There is limited funding available in this program, thus not all applicants will receive funding. Repeated requests from the same applicant will be closely evaluated and cannot be guaranteed additional funding.