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  CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE – SPRING 2021: Classes are being conducted online, in-person and hybrid. Select (in-person) student services are available by appointment in the Hannelly Center and the Library.  All services are available remote/online. Please view the following links for more information.   Maricopa Coronavirus Website  |  CARES Funding FAQs  |  Need Help?  | Remote Services & Support  | Library Hours

CARES Emergency Relief Funds FAQs

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency grant assistance to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law March 27, 2020.

Students who qualified and received a CARES emergency grant in the first round of funding disbursement for emergency relief funds were enrolled in a PC financial aid eligible certificate, degree, transfer pathway, or workforce programs prior to March 13, 2020, and had a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file at PC during the Spring 2020 semester. Students who qualify for emergency relief funds were included on the MCCCD list of qualified students (produced by MCCCD's Institutional Effectiveness [IE] office) and met the following criteria established by the U.S. Dept. of Education: 

  • Enrolled in at least 3 credits of credit or clock hour courses as of March 13, 2020
  • US Citizen or permanent resident, or refugee, or hold a Visa type of U or T
  • Possess a valid social security number
  • Prior to March 13, enrolled in face-to-face or hybrid classes ( online classes were excluded*)
  • Completed High School (diploma), GED or homeschool certification
  • If male and over the age of 18, registered for selective service
  • Currently enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Currently meeting Satisfactory Academic Performance (SAP)
  • Not in loan repayment default or grant overpayment
  • Has not been state or federally convicted for drug possession or sale
  • Has not fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits
  • Funding 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

* Students in exclusively online programs as of March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES funding under the federal requirements.

No application is required for Phoenix College students. Phoenix College received a list of students (produced by MCCCD's Institutional Effectiveness [IE] office) who qualified to receive funds from the CARES Act. 

Eligible students have been notified via their official Maricopa Email address. These funds may be used to pay for unanticipated expenses or hardships due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, health care, course materials, child care and technology.

Eligible students have been notified via their official Maricopa Email address.

The distribution of funds to eligible students is scheduled to begin the week of May 11, 2020.

You may not have met the eligibility requirements. If you are ineligible for a CARES Act grant and your family was significantly affected by issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, MCCCD may be able to help you with emergency aid from other institutional resources.

If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria, but have not completed a FAFSA, you may be contacted at a future date to complete a CARES Emergency Grant Request Form.  This form is not yet available; continue to check your email and text messages for notifications and updates.

Additional funding may be available through Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. For information on how to apply for this grant, visit https://mcccdf.org/.  For additional support and resources, submit the Need Help? Form located on the PC home page. 

If you would like to request a response to a specific CARES Emergency Relief question, you can use our CARES Inquiry Form

There will be a second allocation of funds available in the near future. This second wave of support will be funded with the HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) allocation targeting students meeting HEA (Higher Education Authorization) eligibility requirements. Students qualifying for these funds will be those who have no FAFSA on file and complete the CARES Act Emergency Grant Request Form to determine level of impact due to COVID-19 and self-certification required by the U.S. Department of Education. Please monitor your Maricopa student email for these updates.