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 fall 2020 is now closed.   

  • Who is eligible?

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

    • You must be enrolled for the fall 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:

    • 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 
       
  •  COVID-19 Emergency Grant Application

    Note: The application is not formatted for mobile devices.  Please use a desktop browser to complete the application.

    Due to limited resources, submission of the application does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

     

    The application for fall 2020 is now closed.

    Important:

    The COVID-19 Emergency Grant is a one-time $500 grant. If you have already been awarded CARE Grant funding within the Contra Costa Community College District DO NOT complete this application.  If you have extenuating circumstances and need additional funds, please refer to the appeal process to request additional funds located on this webpage.

  • When is the deadline to apply?

    The deadline to apply for Fall CARES funding is Monday, September 7, 2020.

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

    Students will be notified of the status of their Fall 2020 application via Insite email on or after September 23, 2020.

  • 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:

    Ensuring Your Food Security

    The LMC Food Pantry is continuing to distribute free grocery bags to students during limited hours on Mondays and Fridays!?

    If you would like text or email reminders about when the LMC Food Pantry will be distributing food, complete the LMC Student Support Request Form: https://tinyurl.com/LMCRequestStudentSupport.

    The LMC Food Pantry can also assist you with applying for CalFresh and help you determine if you are eligible to receive monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

    Counseling Support

    Maybe you have questions to help you be successful at LMC as you continue in your classes this fall or questions about which classes to take at LMC as you pursue your goals. Maybe you are just looking for someone to talk to during this difficult time.

    Make an appointment with an LMC Counselor by calling (925) 318-1733. Appointments are available via phone or Zoom video chat.

     Request Technology For Fall Classes

    LMC has a limited inventory of technology equipment available for student checkout for use with fall classes. Equipment includes laptops/Chromebooks, calculators, and headsets.

     If you need technology equipment to help you be successful in your fall classes, please complete this request form: https://tinyurl.com/LMCRequestStudentSupport.

  • Request for Additional Cares Funds

    Note: The application is not formatted for mobile devices.  Please use a desktop browser to complete the application.

     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. Approval of additional funds is not guaranteed and is based on availability and your individual financial situation.

    The Request for Additional CARES Funds application is now closed.

     

    Students will be notified of the status of their Fall 2020 application via Insite email on or after September 23, 2020.

     

  • What to expect after you apply?

    Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing bases until funds are exhausted.

    Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via student InSite Email on or after September 23rd. If you have not already done so, please sign up for Bank Mobile to receive your funds.   To enroll in Bank Mobile, applicants must have submitted a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.  NOTE:  If you have not submitted a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application for 2020-21, you will need to wait until your emergency grant is approved before signing up for Bank Mobile.

    Signing up for Bank Mobile:

    1. Log into m.4cd.edu

    2. Once logged in, tap the FINANCIAL AID tile

    3. Select MY FA DISBURSEMENTS from the menu

    4. Select BANKMOBILE - FIRST TIME SETUP to choose your disbursement method

  • Contact Us
    If you have questions regarding CARES, please contact us at finaidoffice@losmedanos.edu.
  • 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 September 24, 2020 is $1,857,500.

    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 3000.

    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 July 20, 2020  is 2338.

    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 based 

    c.       Students were advised they would be notified of the status of their application via student Insite email.