Oakton CARES Emergency Relief Fund (Fall 2021)

In alignment with the federal CRRSA Act and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Oakton Community College continues to offer funding under the Oakton CARES program in order to provide emergency assistance to students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic since the spring 2020 semester. The CRRSA Act and ARP provide economic relief to students who have been impacted by and incurred emergency costs due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include books and supplies, child care, food, health care, housing/rent, transportation, and tuition and fees. Federal funding is subject to the rules and eligibility requirements found in Section 314 of the CRRSA Act and Section 2003 of the ARP and in subsequent notice(s) from the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

● Students must have incurred emergency costs due to coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in March 2020;
● Students must be registered in the semester in which they are applying for funds (application open for Fall 2021 only – should be registered in a minimum of 3 credit hours in Fall 2021);
● Students with exceptional need, defined as eligible for a Pell Grant, will be prioritized;
● Students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee, asylum seeker, DACA recipient, or similar undocumented student. International students are eligible; however, domestic students will be prioritized.
● Visiting students at Oakton should contact their home institution to learn how their institution is making federal emergency relief funds available to students who qualify.

Selection Criteria
1. Qualifying expense resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020
2. Financial need as demonstrated on the federal or state financial aid application as of date of CARES application
3. Enrollment status as of date of CARES application

Award Amount
Generally range from $500 to $2,500 per application in Fall 2021. Applicants may only apply and receive funding once per semester.