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CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund


Reporting as of 9/28/20

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion relief package, was signed into law. The CARES Act has provided funding to colleges and universities to assist students during the global crisis. On April 13, 2020 St. Louis Community College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement committing intent to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. As a result on April 24, 2020 STLCC received 4,363,632 to assist students to cover the cost of expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19.

St, Louis Community College received another 4,363,632 for institutional purposes of which a portion was determined to be utilized as scholarships for students.

As of 9/28/20 STLCC has expended 86.5% of Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act. The remaining of the funds 13.5% has been setup to be distributed to continuing students attending the Fall 2020 semester.

As of 9/28/20, 10,893 awards have been made to Title IV Eligible students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant or Scholarship under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act.

What are allowable expenses?

Any expense the student has incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 which includes but is not limited to:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Tuition/Course Supplies
  • Childcare
  • Medical Expenses

Who is eligible?

In alignment with the U.S. Department of Education requirements and STLCC scholarship criteria, students who meet the below criteria will be eligible to receive the CARES Act grant:

  1. Eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  2. Completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3. Currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program at STLCC.
  4. Register and attend the required number of courses for which the award is granted.
  5. Take an online or hybrid course in the fall 2020 semester.
  6. One scholarship and grant opportunity per student (unless additional need has been identified and funds are still available).
  7. Must secure payment for tuition, be on a payment plan or be receiving financial aid.

Institutional Scholarships CARES Act Distribution Methodology

STLCC will distribute a portion of the Institutional CARES Act Funds as scholarships to students who meet the Title IV Eligible criteria along with the following

Take a Class on Us Scholarship

STLCC will pay for one three-credit hour class at the in-district rate of $116.50 for the first 6,000 students who meet the program criteria and register for at least nine credit hours in the fall 2020 semester or students who less than 12 hours is considered full-time. After the all students who have met the criteria have been awarded the next level of awards will be made to students attending 6 hours excluding courses already being paid for by previous COVID-19 accommodations.

Students will automatically receive the three-hour class scholarship credit on their student account without the need to register for the program.

  • As of 9/28/20 68.64% has been expended and 5,080 students have been awarded.

Missouri A+ Book Scholarship

STLCC will provide online course materials for two classes for the first 2,000 Missouri A+ Program students who are registered in at least two online courses for fall 2020. After the all students who have met the criteria have been awarded the next level of awards will be made to students attending and have an A+ seal on their transcripts but based on EFC could not participate in the program. Excluding any courses already being paid for by previous COVID-19 accommodations..

  • As of of 9/28/20 859 students have been awarded scholarships to cover the cost for online course materials.

Continuing Students Grant

STLCC will provide a CARES grant in the amount of $250 for the first 1,500 continuing students who have completed at least 45 credit hours in their current program of study or 45 hours at STLCC, meet the CARES criteria, and are registered in at least nine credit hours in fall 2020. After the all students who have met the criteria have been awarded the next level(s) of awards will be made to students who have completed at least 45 credit hour at STLCC and then to students who have completed 45 hours and attending 6 hours excluding courses already being paid for by previous COVID-19 accommodations.

  • As of 9/28/2020, 417 students have been identified for the award. The grant will be disbursed once attendance has been verified.

LAPTOPS for Students

This was previously a CARES initiative and remains an important part of our students to their classes during COVID-19. St. Louis community colleges has decided to utilize a different fund to purchase the first time in college laptops as well as laptops for other students who need the additional technology. This initiative is no longer a part of our CARES expenditures for CARES reporting purposes.

If students have any further questions please contact the financial aid office 1-866-822-8748.

STLCC sent an email communication to all enrolled students on May 7th announcing the CARES Act funding.

View the Email Communication


Reporting as of July 8, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion relief package, was signed into law. The CARES Act has provided funding to colleges and universities to assist students during the global crisis. On April 13, 2020 St. Louis Community College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement committing intent to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. As a result on April 24, 2020 STLCC received $4,363,632 to assist students to cover the cost of expenses incurred as a result of COVID-19.


Reporting as of June 17, 2020

STLCC has expended 86.5 percent of Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act.

STLCC estimates we have a total of 4,700 Title IV Eligible 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.


Reporting as of June 17, 2020

4,537 Title IV Eligible students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

What are allowable expenses?

Any expense the student has incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 which includes but is not limited to:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Tuition/course supplies
  • Childcare
  • Medical expenses

Who is eligible?

In alignment with the U.S. Department of Education requirements, students who meet the below criteria will be eligible to receive the CARES Act grant:

  • Currently enrolled in a degree/certificate program at STLCC
  • Enrolled in Spring 2020 courses as of March 13, 2020 and continually enrolled during the disbursement of funds.
  • Eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  • Students who are exclusively enrolled in online programs are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding.

CARES Act distribution methodology

STLCC will distribute the CARES Act Funds through the following three phases.

Phase 1

STLCC will auto-award, without application needed, students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero. They will be split into two groups based on enrollment statuses below:

  • Students who are enrolled at least half-time will receive $1,000.
  • Students who are enrolled less than half-time will receive $500.
  • Students with an EFC above zero that makes them eligible for Pell grants will receive $500.

Phase 2

The remaining funds will be used as emergency funds for students who could be eligible to participate in programs under the HEA but who do not currently have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Those students will need to complete a grant application. The emergency awards will range from $500 to $1,000 for students who are essential workers and other requests such as housing, daycare, food, medical or utilities.

Phase 3

If funds remain after decisions have been made on all timely and properly filed COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Grant applications, STLCC will distribute the remaining funds in a manner similar to the auto-award process outlined above. The exact considerations for eligibility and distribution of such funds will be determined at a later date if necessary.

Grant amounts will vary based on enrollment, and the maximum amount a student can receive will be $1,000. If students have any further questions,please contact the financial aid office 1-866-822-8748.

STLCC sent an email communication to all enrolled students on May 7 announcing the CARES Act funding. The link to the email communication.

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