CARES Act Student Funding

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Johnston Community  College (JCC) received funds to provide emergency grants to students with unforeseen emergency expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses included food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Student must be a curriculum degree-seeking student enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester, have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and been deemed eligible to receive Title IV aid as defined by Section 484 the HEA as of the Spring 2020 term;
    • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree, certificate or other recognized educational credential--that is, a regular student under 34 CFR 600.2;
    • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school and have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
    • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP);
    • Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants;
    • Not be in default on a Title IV loan;
    • File with ED “as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification (Statement of Educational Purpose);
    • Be a verified U.S citizen or national, a permanent resident, or an eligible noncitizen;
    • Have returned any fraudulently obtained Title IV funds, if the student is convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges;
    • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits;
    • Have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently;
    • Have his Selective Service registration verified (the Title IV aid ineligibility for failure to register is actually in the Selective Service Act §3811(f));
    • Have a valid SSN, except for residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau; and
    • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.

In accordance with Department of Education guidelines, JCC distributed CARES Act emergency funding to eligible students by the following method:

JCC determined which students received Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they received under Section 8004(a)(1) of the CARES Act by using a prorated amount from $916 to $229 depending on their enrollment status in the Spring 2020 semester, having completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, and having met the eligibility requirements under section 484 of the HEA.

  • Full-time enrollment = 12 or more credit hours: $916
  • Three-quarter time enrollment = 9-11 credit hours: $687
  • Half-time enrollment = 6-8 credit hours: $458
  • Less than half-time enrollment = 5 or less credit hours: $229

Students were notified of their eligibility via their JCC email account.  If eligible, funds will be processed through student accounts and will be disbursed according to the method of refund chosen through Bank Mobile. Limited funding was available. By accepting these funds, students agree to use funds for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the corona virus as indicated above.


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Acknowledgement and Reporting
- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Report on CARES Act -- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - Institutional Aid

Report on CARES Act -- Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)