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COVID-19 Emergency Grant

Iowa Central received a limited amount of Higher Education Emergency Relief funding granted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding provides cash grants to students to be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The grants can be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

Iowa Central Community College signed and returned the certification and agreement form and the institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.

The institution received a total of $1,526,599.00 of student funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) on 4/20/2020.

Of the above funds, a total of $719,045.00 has been awarded to 615 students in the first 30 days (5/19/2020) of the funds being available to the institution.

  • As of 7/3/2020, a total of $976,710 has been awarded to 799 students.
  • As of 8/17/2020, a total of $1,034,210 has been awarded to 839 students.
  • As of 10/7/2020, a total of $1,517,990 has been awarded to 1,549 students.

The estimated total number of students at Iowa Central eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore may be potentially eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant is 2,127.

Students must apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant by completing the electronic application available on the Iowa Central homepage. The application informs students that funds can be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Students must certify they have a financial need related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, indicate what their financial need is, explain how COVID-19 has impacted them and why they need the funds; and the dollar amount needed. Students are informed they must complete a FAFSA. This is the only practicable way for Iowa Central to determine students meet the criteria to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the HEA of 1965. Students are informed the funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

A committee reviews applications regularly. A maximum award amount of $2,000 has been established for full-time students and is prorated based on enrollment status. Students may be awarded their requested amount or up to the maximum amount.

Students were notified of the COVID-19 Emergency Grant application by email. Students who are approved for the grant receive an email notifying them of the approval and instructions on how to view their grant on TritonPass. Students who are not approved receive an email notifying them of the denial and the reason the grant was not approved.