CARES Act Grant to Students
Northern Essex Community College has received funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist students with covering expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Students who need help covering expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due the coronavirus may benefit from funding available through the CARES Act Grant, a $2 trillion fund that was created in the wake of the pandemic.
The college has received $1,635,822 in funding that will go directly to students. NECC has identified 3,046 students who may be eligible to receive funding based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible students who were enrolled during the spring semester and pre-registered for the summer and/or fall terms were automatically awarded grants in the range of $300 – $1,200 based on their spring enrollment.
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To be considered for a CARES Act grant, students do not need to fill out a federal FAFSA or to be currently receiving financial aid. However, students must meet Federal financial aid eligibility, which includes being a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen; having a high school diploma or equivalent; being registered with Selective Service, if male; cannot be in default of a Federal student loan; cannot have an over-award of Federal Pell Grant; must be matriculated into an eligible program; and must be making satisfactory academic progress.
To date, NECC has awarded $1,128,900 to 1,281 students. The funding can be used to cover expenses associated with transitioning to remote learning and the cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. The CARES Act Grants will continue to be awarded to eligible students as long as there are remaining funds available.