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CARES Act Funding for Students

Are you an SSCC student with financial hardship related to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak? You may qualify for a federal CARES Act grant, which provides emergency funding to college students. SSCC will respond to your request within 5 business days after submitting the application.

The SSCC CARES Act Emergency Grant Application is currently unavailable.

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 currently enrolled SSCC students attending spring semester, 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.

  • View the September 2020 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act and the December 2020 Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act.
  • Southern State Community College received a total of $659,789 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • Southern State Community College has distributed a total of $646,587 to 712 students as of January 10, 2021.
  • Southern State Community College estimates that 967 students enrolled in Spring semester 2020 at the College are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • The College is using an application process to allow students to request funds for their expenses with a maximum allowable grant amount of $1000. The application is processed by the Office of Financial Aid and checks are processed and mailed by the College's business office.
  • All eligible students were notified by email on May 4th and text message on May 5th 2020 of the availability of the CARES grants. Messages included what the grant could be used for, who is eligible to apply, and how to apply including a link to the application.


What kinds of expenses are allowable?

Funds can be used for COVID-19-related expenses including technology, food, housing, health care, or child care.

How much can I apply for?

Award amounts are determined on a case by case basis based on the information provided on the application.

Would receiving this funding impact my financial aid?

No, this fund will not impact or replace financial aid..

Can I apply for funding more than once?

Yes, students can apply each term, on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to students asking for available funding for the first time. Funding may be distributed each term starting immediately and until Fall 2021, or until funds run out. This will depend on the number of students who apply each term.