On March 27 Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As part of the CARES Act, colleges would receive a portion of funding to help students in this time of need.
At Clark College, 39% of the student population comes from a low-income family. In hopes of easing the burden on struggling students, Clark College recently released its emergency grant application (https://www.clark.edu/forms/emergency-grant-application/). These grants are meant to cover living expenses, books, supplies, fees and childcare.
It’s unclear how fast these grants will be distributed as well as or if they will be available for the Summer and Fall quarter.
Clark’s Emergency grant spokesperson said, “Any student is eligible to apply, and there is more than just one grant that the application covers, but we do not have a set amount that is available at this time because grants open and close and can change.”
The application states funding is available to students regardless of their citizenship status, so students who are DACA participants, HB 1079 recipients, or other non-citizens are open to apply.
In addition to this, funding may be available for people who hold systemically non-dominant genders or sexual identity.