CARES Act Funding

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.

Central Arizona College (CAC) must follow federal eligibility guidelines in the awarding of these funds.   Technology Expense Grant funds will automatically be awarded to all students who meet the federal requirements; there is no application process for these funds. 

Eligibility requirements for Technology Expense Grant include, but not limited to:

– Students must meet the requirements for eligibility as stated in the application for federal financial aid via FAFSA.  This does not mean that they had to have been awarded aid; however, they do have to be eligible to apply (details listed below). (

– Students must have earned their high school diploma, GED or completed high school in an approved homeschool setting.  

– Students must be citizens or eligible non-citizens with a valid Social Security number.

– Male students must have completed Selective Service registration. (

– Students must have current Spring 2020 enrollment and have been attending course(s) with 3 or more credits at Central Arizona College as of March 13, 2020.

– Students must NOT be exclusively attending an online program as of March 13, 2020.  

Please note: Students with enrollments occurring after Spring 2020 are not eligible for funding.  Additional emergency funding that had been available via application has been exhausted and is no longer available.

Ensure that Central Arizona College has your correct information:


Update your mailing address, phone number, and email in your Student Portal located at Upon log-in, click My Profile>My Information>Personal>Request Change and enter the information you would like to change on your record.


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:


Your money will arrive 1-2 business days after BankMobile receives the funds from CAC.  


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

– 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. 

For assistance in updating your BankMobile options please visit or you may contact or call 520-494-5240.

For more information on the CARES Act from a Federal perspective, please visit:

Secretary DeVos Rapidly Delivers More Than $6 Billion in Emergency Cash Grants for College Students Impacted by Coronavirus Outbreak

Central Arizona College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act stating that this institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

CAC students not attending completely online programs, who were enrolled in 3 or more credit hours during Spring 2020 and meet all federal eligibility requirements received a technology grant of $350.  Students who were eligible as described above may have applied for additional emergency grant funds. Approved emergency grant funds have been exhausted and reported below.

To comply with U.S. Department of Education reporting requirements regarding Section 18004(e) of the CARES ACT, Central Arizona College will publish and update the following information regarding the allocation of Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Required Data Reporting As of 8/13/2020*:

 – Central Arizona College has received $1,505,255 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students as of 8/13/2020.

 – Central Arizona College has expended $1,290,800 as of 8/13/2020.

                 – $1,103,550 was paid out via the CARES Technology Grant.

                 – $187,250 was paid out via the CARES Emergency Fund.

– The total number of students eligible for funding is 3,163 as of 8/13/2020.

– The total number of students who have received funding is 3,163 (CARES Technology Grant) and 425 (additional CARES Emergency Funds) as of 8/13/2020.

*This data will be updated every 45 days in compliance with DOE guidelines.

Students should refer to for additional information and guidelines regarding CARES funding and eligibility.

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