COVID-19 Emergency Grant

CARES Act

Information about the CARES Act

 

The COVID-19 Emergency Grant is a one-time $500 grant for currently enrolled LMC students who are facing unexpected expenses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to remote classes and services.  These funds, which are grants, not loans, do not need to be paid back.  Funding is limited and is subject to the rules and eligibility requirements found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act and in subsequent notice(s) from the United States Department of Education. For more detailed information about requirements and the application process, please read the information below.

 Please check this webpage regularly for updates.   The application for summer 2020 is open  This grant is only available for new applicants who meet the eligibility requirements listed below and did not receive the grant for the spring 2020 semester at CCC, DVC or LMC.

  • Who is eligible?

    To apply for the summer 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Grant,

    • You must be enrolled for the summer 2020 semester
    • Have an unexpected financial emergency due to COVID-19

     

     To apply for other financial aid programs in addition to the Covid-19 Emergency Grant, students are highly encouraged to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA or the 2020-2021 California Dream Act at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For non-citizen students: The COVID-19 Emergency Grant is intended to defray costs related to the current public health emergency and is not "income maintenance" and therefore should not be considered a "public benefit" for public charge purposes. If you have lost income due to campus jobs being suspended, you should seek relief for lost earning through federal or state-funded COVID-19-related unemployment benefits rather than CARES Act emergency grants, because unemployment benefits are excluded from public charge determinations. If you are concerned about potential public charge consequences, consult with an immigration attorney. Click here for legal resources for undocumented students.

     

  • What qualifies as a financial emergency?

    Qualifying COVID-19 emergencies include, but are not limited to:

    • reduction in hours and pay
    • inability to pay rent/mortgage
    • childcare needs due to school closure
    • technology needs for remote learning
    • medical emergencies
    • other qualifying emergency
  • What can the COVID-19 Emergency Grant be used for?

    The COVID-19 Emergency Grant may be used for:

    • food
    • housing or temporary shelter
    • utilities (gas, electricity, water)
    • transportation
    • technology (laptop, webcam, etc.)
    • internet access (wifi)
    • class supplies
    • childcare
    • healthcare costs
    • other emergency expense 
       
  • How can I apply?

    The application for summer is now open.

    Apply Here 

    This grant is only available for new applicants who did not receive the grant in the spring 2020 and/or summer 2020 semester at CCC, DVC or LMC.

  • When is the deadline to apply?

    The deadline to apply for Summer CARES funding is Sunday, July 5, 2020.

  • How will I know if I’ve been awarded?

    Students will be notified of the status of their application via Insite email within 14-21 business days.

  • How will I receive my funds?

    CARES funds will be disbursed through Bank Mobile.

    Signing up for Bank Mobile:

    Log into m.4cd.edu
    Once logged in, tap the FINANCIAL AID tile
    Select MY FA DISBURSEMENTS from the menu
    Select BANKMOBILE - FIRST TIME SETUP to choose your disbursement method

  • Additional Support/Resources
     

    MORE LMC SUPPORT FOR YOU!

     LMC is also currently offering the following support that we highly encourage you to take advantage of:

  • Contact Us
    If you have questions regarding CARES, please contact us at finaidoffice@losmedanos.edu.
  • Request for Additional Cares Funds

    Please note,  the Request for Additional Funds form is for a student who has previously received CARES funding within the Contra Costa College District.  If you have not previously received CARES funding from the Contra Costa Community College District, please apply for funding through the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application failure to do so will result in your application being denied.

    If you are currently enrolled in courses for summer 2020 and continue to face unexpected hardships as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to remote learning, you may qualify for additional funds through the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Request for Additional Funds application.

    Approval of additional funds is based on the availability of funds and individual financial situation. 

     Requests are reviewed and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.  Funding is limited and is subject to the rules and eligibility requirements found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act and in subsequent notice(s) from the United States Department of Education.

    Request for Additional Cares Funds

  • CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Disclosure

    Web Content Required for CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds – Emergency Grants to Students.

    Each institution applying for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds is required to comply with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and must post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website, 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.       Los Medanos Colleges acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education 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 the institution has received from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students is $1,919,486.

    3.       The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 28, 2020 is $775,500.

    4.       The estimated total number of students at Los Medanos College 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 is 2588.

    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 as of May 28, 2020  is 1551.

    6.       The methods used by Los Medanos College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are as follows:

    a.       District Office Institutional Research provided a list of all eligible students to the campus, and they were invited via email to apply online.

    b.       Applications are reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid and awarded based on demonstrated need related to the campus closure due to Coronavirus.

    c.       Awards are $500 each.

     7.       The following instructions, directions, or guidance was provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants

    a.       All eligible students were sent communications via email and text and invited to apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application.

    b.       Students were advised of the application deadline of May 18, 2020 for the spring 2020 semester.

    c.       Students were advised they would be notified via student email on or after May 26, 2020 of the status of their application.