CARES Act Funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal economic relief package signed into law on March 27, 2020 to provide economic assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. This law reserved about $14 billion for higher education Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), is to be split between emergency grants for students and moneys for schools’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) emergency grants are funds that will be disbursed to students as relief for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations caused by the COVID -19 pandemic. Expenses may include items such as technology, food, housing, healthcare, and childcare.

The U.S. Department of Education allocated funds to colleges based on full-time enrollment and total number of students eligible for Pell. Modesto Junior College (MJC) received $4.7 million for direct aid to MJC Students.

The Certification and Agreement was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. This agreement assures that all $4.7 million will go directly to students as grants.

This is an emergency grant and not a loan. These funds do not have to be repaid.

CARES Act Fast Facts

Total amount of funds received for grants to students

MJC received funds in the amount of $4,787,752 to be awarded to students directly.

Estimated number of students eligible to participate under the Title IV eligibility

MJC estimates that about 8,000 students are eligible under the Title IV eligibility.

Total number of students who received grants

As of May 2020, 114 students received the grant.

As of June 2020, an additional 1,903 students received the grant.

As of July 2020, an additional 673 students received the grant.

As of August 2020, an additional 484 students received the grant.

As of September 2020, an additional 122 students received the grant.

As of October 2020, an additional 261 students received the grant.

As of November 2020, an additional 133 students received the grant.

As of December 2020, and additional 2,565 students received the grant.

Total amount of grants distributed to students

As of May 2020, $57,000 were distributed to students.

As of June 2020, an additional $951,500 were distributed to students.

As of July 2020, an additional $336,500 were distributed to students.

As of August 2020, an additional $242,000 were distributed to students.

As of September 2020, and additional $61,000 were distributed to students.

As of October 2020, an additional $130,500 were distributed to students.

As of November 2020, an additional $66,500 were distributed to students.

As of December 2020, an additional $1,689,000 were distributed to students.