CARES Act Emergency Grants

The recently passed federal CARES Act includes funds for students to help with immediate needs related to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. 

Moorpark College has been allocated over $5,000,000, in Cares Funding and has certified with the U.S. Department of Education that $2,571,000* will go directly to students. 

Thousands of students at Moorpark College may be eligible to apply for a grant. We estimate between 2,571 to 5,142 students may be eligible to receive a grant.

Due to the limited funding of CARES, students will be awarded grants as long as funds remain available. 

Funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible in order to provide students with the support they need to continue their educational pursuits.

Plan for Distribution 

  • 15% of funds* will be distributed to students enrolled Summer 2020 
  • 85% of funds* will be distributed to eligible students enrolled half time or more Fall 2020 and any remaining funding continued to Spring 2021 
  • *Awarded on first-come first-serve basis (within prioritized groups) until funding is exhausted 
  • Limited to One Cares Act Grant per student 
  • Student enrollment may be a combination of units within VCCCD 
  • Moorpark College must be the students’ primary college 
  • Financial Aid Officer and staff will have the discretion to award CARES Act Grant to students who have received a Moorpark College Emergency Grant or other funding based on guidelines established by the federal government for disbursement of CARES Act funds.  Students who have the greatest financial need will be considered for emergency grant funds first. 

CARES Act aid may be available to students through April 2021. If students plan to apply for federal and/or state financial aid for the 2020/2021 academic year, Moorpark College strongly recommends students complete a FAFSA for 2020-2021.  If a student has already completed a FAFSA for 2020-2021, they do not need to resubmit.      

CARES awards are being processed and disbursed as quickly as possible on a first-come; first-serve basis until funding is exhausted. 

  $1,866,500 has been disbursed to 2446 students.

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

What is the CARES Act Emergency Grant?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. 

Who is eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Grant?
Students determined to be eligible by the Moorpark College Financial Aid Office will receive an emailed invitation to apply. 

How Do I Apply for a CARES Act Emergency Grant?  
If you are eligible, you will receive an email with information from the Financial Aid Office. 

What is the Cares Act Emergency Grant for?
CARES Act Emergency Grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). 

How much is the Cares Act Emergency Grant?
At Moorpark College, the CARES Act Emergency Grants are $500-$1000 each. The CARES Act Emergency Grant program has limited funding. Students will be awarded grants as long as funds remain available. 

Will the Cares Act Emergency Grant affect my financial aid eligibility?
No, the CARES Act Emergency Grant does not affect any financial aid. It is a one-time grant that does not need to be repaid. 

Are recipients required to report these funds as gross income for taxes? 
No, this grant should not be included as part of your gross income for tax reporting purposes. This is because emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act qualify as disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

When will Cares Act Emergency Grant Funds be available?
Funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible in order to provide students with the support they need to continue their educational pursuits. Those students who have the greatest financial need and are enrolled in Summer will be considered for emergency grant funds first.  

How will Cares Act Emergency Grant Funds be disbursed?
Disbursements will be sent through BankMobile. If you have not set up your disbursement method with BankMobile, your disbursement may be delayed. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at mcfa@vcccd.edu or (805) 378-1462 if you need assistance selecting your disbursement method with BankMobile. Given the high-profile nature of this funding, students should be aware and vigilant against attempts to gain access to their student account through phishing.    

If I have other questions, what should I do?
Contact the Financial Aid Office at Moorpark College by email at MCFA@vcccd.edu or call (805)378-1462.