CARES Act Emergency Aid

The CARES Act provided federal funds to students to offset the expenses they might have incurred when their college switched from face-to-face to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Expense might include having to buy a computer, buying or upgrading internet access, or increased utility costs from being home, among other expenses.

CARES Act funds were distributed through an application process and later through block grants to eligible students.

Other Sources of Funds

If you are a student who is not eligible for CARES Act money but was still financially impacted by COVID-19 and in need of assistance, we encourage you to apply for a grant from the President’s Student Emergency Fund. This is aid that does not have to be paid back.

Please also read our CARES Act Report page.


No, money received through the CARES Act or the President's Student Emergency Fund does not need to be repaid.

The CARES Act grant will not reduce your financial aid. Funds you receive through the President's Student Emergency Fund could impact your financial aid, although it is very unlikely.

CARES Act grants are not taxable, per the IRS

  • Buying or renting a Chromebook or laptop
  • Technology accessories
  • Internet access
  • Utilities based on increased time at home
  • Increase in cost of food based on loss of food subsidized by HCC

No. These funds are only for students who are currently enrolled at HCC.

Net Price Calculator

These calculators will help you get an estimate of the amount of grant aid you might expect to receive if you attend HCC full-time and meet all federal and state financial aid eligibility requirements.