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Eligibility and Resources

Tri-County aims to provide support to our students who need access to emergency funding during these extraordinary times. Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act there is access to new funding that aims to address many needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CARES Act provides fast and direct financial assistance to individuals and families suffering economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleges and universities are required to use CARES Act funds to provide grants to students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19, including things like course materials and technology, as well as food, housing, health care and childcare

ELIGIBILITY

Tri-County Technical College has received $2.1 million in CARES Act funding, which will be dispersed immediately to eligible students. To be eligible for CARES Act grants, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must have been enrolled at Tri-County Technical College on March 13, 2020 (the day the U.S. government declared a national emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, which was also the last day of class prior to the transition to online learning)
  • Students must also be Federal Title IV eligible by meeting the following requirements:
    1. Completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with all requirements completed
    2. Have a high school credential
    3. Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements: GPA of 2.0 or higher; maintain a 67% or higher completion rate; complete your degree/diploma/certificate within 150% of the required program hours of study
    4. Be enrolled in an eligible program of study

DACA, dual enrollment, transient, non-degree and I-BEST students are not eligible for CARES Act grants.

If you are deemed eligible based on the above criteria, the following amount will be received based on the below groupings:

  • If you have demonstrated financial need and are a Federal Pell Grant recipient, you will receive a one-time CARES Act grant of $1,000.
  • If you have demonstrated financial need and are not a Federal Pell Grant recipient, you will receive a one-time CARES Act grant of $625.
  • If you do not have demonstrated financial need and have an EFC below 12,070 (the colleges in county, with parent cost of attendance), you will receive a one-time CARES Act grant of $360.

OTHER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS

If you are not eligible for CARES Act funds or have expenses that exceed what the CARES Act can provide, emergency student funds may be available through Tri-County Technical College. Please complete this online request and a Tri-County team member will work with you to identify any available support resources.

BUDGETING ASSISTANCE

Students who receive a CARES Act grant are encouraged to save the money to help pay for summer and fall expenses to remain on track academically. However, use of the funds is entirely at the student’s discretion. If you need assistance with budgeting, our Money Management Center is available to help. Click here to schedule an appointment.  

CARES Act Funding FAQs

We have compiled answers to your most frequently asked questions for you here.

Public Disclosure and Reporting Requirements

Tri-County Technical College has signed and returned to the Education Department the Certification and Agreement assuring that we will used at least 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The College will receive a total of $2,123,242 for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  2. As of May 14th 2020 the college as disbursed a total of $2,123,749.88 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1).
  3. An estimated 3,500 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in 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.
  4. As of May 14th 2020 2,452 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act at Tri-County Technical College
  5. Students must have been enrolled at Tri-County Technical College on March 13, 2020 (the day the U.S. government declared a national emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, which was also the last day of class prior to the transition to online learning).  Students must also be Federal Title IV eligible by meeting the following requirements:
    • Completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with all requirements completed
    • Have a high school credential
    • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements: GPA of 2.0 or higher; maintain a 67% or higher completion rate; complete your degree/diploma/certificate within 150% of the required program hours of study
    • Be enrolled in an eligible program of study

Instructions and guidance was provided to all students on Wednesday April 23 2020.

 

  • As of June 25th 2020 no additional disbursements, awards, or adjustments have been made since the above May 14th reported information.  All above listed spends are accurate and true.
  • As of July 22nd 2020 no additional disbursements, awards, or adjustments have been made since the above May 14th reported information.  All above listed spends are accurate and true.