Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

CARES Act Funding Application Now Available

The recently enacted Federal CARES Act provides money to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

The application is currently available at uccemergencyfunds.awardspring.com

FAQ’s for Student Funding Under the CARES Act

If you have any additional questions regarding the application, please contact LeeAnn Trott at leeann.trott@ucc.edu or 908-591-8408.

Q. Who is eligible for consideration for funding under this program?

To be eligible, you must have been enrolled for classes during the 2020 Spring, Summer, or Fall semester(s). The applicant must have filed a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA and meet the general requirements for federal financial aid eligibility. If you have not yet filed a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 FAFSA to determine eligibility requirements for HEERF/CARES Grant, you may do so at www.FAFSA.gov. If you have extraordinary financial hardship related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you can apply.

At Union County College to be eligible for financial aid; a student must meet the following requirements:

Note: Information is obtained for the following below criteria via FAFSA , and your academic records within the College.

  1. You must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  2. You must not be in default for any Federal student loans.
  3. You need to possess a high school diploma (from the United States or abroad) or its equivalent such as a GED.
  4. You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or on an Approved Academic Plan as determined by the Union County College Financial Aid Office.
  5. You must be enrolled in an Associate’s degree or Certificate program at Union County College.
  6. You must have a completed FAFSA Application on file.

Q. What can I do if I do not meet the Federal financial aid eligibility requirements?

Students who are not eligible for CARES Act funding should still apply as the application can determine their eligibility for Student Emergency Support Funding “SERF” through Union County College’s Foundation.

Q. What expenses are covered under the CARES Act funding?

The following expenses can be considered for grant assistance if they were incurred in “direct relation to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus.”

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Health care
  • Childcare
  • Technology-related expenses (such as having to buy a computer when courses were moved to remote instruction)
  • Other

Note: The CARES Act stipulates that the emergency funds cannot be used to replace a loss of income or to pay for student expenses that are not directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Q. How much funding will I receive?
Funds are limited. For students applying for emergency aid, grant amounts will be determined based on the number of applications received and the specific needs presented in the application. Union County College cannot guarantee that all applications submitted will be funded.

Q. When will we know the results?

Our goal is to award the emergency funds as soon as possible.

Q. How do students receive the money?

Students will receive a refund check via US mail. Please make sure that your address is correct with the College, as the check will be sent to the address on file.

Q. What if I owe a balance to Union County College for tuition or other expenses?

The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to the student, and Union County College will not hold the funds to pay any outstanding balance owed.

Q. Will these funds impact current or future financial aid?

No. This funding is not financial aid, it is emergency relief funding from Congress.