Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)
You may be eligible for a CAC CARES Relief award, a CAC CARES Award, or a CAC CARES Veteran and Military Services award.
Central Arizona College (CAC) has determined three specific types of funding for the Spring 2021 semester as outlined below. All funds will be available to students who meet the following criteria:
- · Degree Seeking- including high school students
- · Registered for 3+ credits
- · In good academic standing (CAC runs Satisfactory Academic Progress reports on all students not just those receiving financial aid).
- · US citizen or eligible non-citizen
- · Please note that CAC will fund any current or past student who may have become eligible based upon guidance from the US Department of Education as of May 2021. Students who are deemed eligible will be automatically awarded and notified via email. This does not include any application-based CARES award.
High School Seniors
Complete your FAFSA to determine if your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) makes you eligible for CAC CARES Award dollars.
Veteran CAC Students
If you are not receiving VA Education benefits, see what is available to you and if you are eligible for CAC CARES Veteran and Military Services dollars by clicking HERE. You may be eligible for a CAC CARES Relief award, a CAC CARES Award, or a CAC CARES Veteran and Military Services award.
- CAC CARES Relief: based on application indicating financial need as a result of COVID-19.
- CAC CARES Award: based on Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) according to most current FAFSA on file. No application required.
- · $700 will be awarded to all students who meet the criteria listed above and have an EFC of $0-$1400.
- · $500 will be awarded to all students who meet the criteria listed above and have an EFC of $1401-$5766. $5766 is the highest EFC a student can have and still be awarded aid based on guidance from the Department of Education for full time students.
- CAC CARES Veteran and Military Services Award: based on registration with the CAC Veteran & Military Services Office.
Many students will automatically qualify for a CAC Cares Award. Please be sure to check your student and personal email regularly for communications regarding awards.
To ensure you receive your maximum potential award, please review the following:
· ALL students, including high school seniors, should complete a FAFSA application to determine if your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) makes you eligible for CAC CARES Award dollars.
· If you are not receiving VA Education benefits, see what is available to you and if you are eligible for CAC CARES Veteran and Military Services dollars by clicking HERE.
· Complete a CAC CARES Relief application to see if you qualify for an expanded award.
Maximum award for any 1 student during a semester is $1400.
If you have questions, please email CARES@centralaz.edu.
CARES ACT Relief Funds for Summer 2021
CAC students enrolled for Summer 2021 may be eligible for CARES ACT funds!
- -CAC students must be enrolled in at least three (3) credits in the Summer 2021 semester and complete the CAC CARES Relief application. This includes high school/dual-credit students.
Students may receive a maximum of $700 in the Summer 2021 semester. Student should ensure a delivery preference in BankMobile has been selected.
If you have questions, please email CARES@centralaz.edu.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
What is the CARES Act?
The CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and directs institutions of higher education to use funds received under the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
How will Central Arizona College distribute these funds to students?
All remaining CARES Act funding has been expended and CAC is no longer accepting new applications for funding.
Approved funds will be placed on the student ledger for a brief holding period and disbursed through Bank Mobile according to the student’s selected method. The funds cannot remain on the account to cover any balance, so the student must be able to accept the funds.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
What action do CAC students need to take?
Ensure that Central Arizona College has your correct information:
ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGES
Update your mailing address, phone number, and email in your Student Portal located at www.centralaz.edu/student-portal. Upon log-in, click My Profile>My Information>Personal>Request Change and enter the information you would like to change on your record.
BANKMOBILE (FOR DISTRIBUTION OF AWARDED FUNDS)
In the event that you are awarded a Technology Expense Grant or any type of funding from Central Arizona College, choosing an electronic refund preference will allow you to receive those funds as quickly as possible.
Your Electronic Funding Options Are Below:
DEPOSIT TO AN EXISTING ACCOUNT
Your money will arrive 1-2 business days after BankMobile receives the funds from CAC.
DEPOSIT TO A BANKMOBILE VIBE CHECKING ACCOUNT
Your money will arrive the same business day BankMobile receives the funds from your school.
To select how you would like your money delivered:
– Visit www.RefundSelection.com
– Enter your Personal Code or choose to get an instant Personal Code
– Choose your preferred delivery method
Make a selection now and avoid any delays in receiving money from Central Arizona College.
Where do I get questions answered or find resources?
For more information on the CARES Act from a Federal perspective, please visit: www2.ed.gov
HEERF Quarterly Expenditure Reporting
Per U.S. Department of Education reporting requirements, Central Arizona College will post quarterly HEERF expenditure reports below:
CARES Act Student Reporting
Cumulative Data Reporting As of 3/31/2021:
– Central Arizona College has received $3,010,510 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students as of 3/31/2021.
– Central Arizona College has expended $1,352,650 as of 3/31/2021.
– $1,119,300 was paid out via the CARES Technology Grant.
– $233,350 was paid out via the CARES Emergency Fund.
– The total number of students eligible for funding is 3,863 as of 3/31/2021.
– The total number of students who have received funding is 3,198 (CARES Technology Grant) and 665 (additional CARES Emergency Funds) as of 3/31/2021.
This data will be updated quarterly in compliance with DOE guidelines.