CARES Act Reporting

As of February 3rd 2021, the College exhausted all funds received for students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund totaling $659,789.

What is the CARES Act?

The CARES Act is federal legislation that was passed by the United States Congress in March 2020. It provides financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

The college has received federal funding to be given to eligible students. Funds can be used for COVID-19-related expenses including technology, food, housing, health care, or child care. This money is not a loan and does not have to be repaid.

Who is eligible?

All enrolled SSCC students attending the Spring 2021 semester or prior, who were impacted by COVID-19 and are eligible to receive federal financial aid (even if you did not actually receive an aid award). If you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you mostly likely are eligible. If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 800-628-7722, Ext. 2610 or

Funding Report

On May 3, 2020 Southern State Community College was granted funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants to students impacted by COVID-19. To receive the grant, enrolled students must complete the CARES Act Emergency Grant Application, and have demonstrated eligibility for federal financial aid.

Southern State Community College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and assures the College will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.