The CARES emergency grant has been mostly exhausted, leaving limited funds for the Winter quarter. The grant has stopped awarding funds to students until Jan. 4.
With only $100,000 left to disperse, each student who applies may be awarded a maximum of $1,000. This is a third of what students received in the previous term.
The CARES Act emergency grant provides financial assistance to those who have been affected by COVID-19 and have faced financial hardship as a result. Clark was granted $2.6 million from federal funds to relieve the financial burden for our students. This allowed approximately 1,200 students to receive emergency grant money over three terms throughout the pandemic.
Students who are seeking aid should fill out the universal emergency grant application. It asks a series of eligibility questions that will determine their award amount.
“It’s a universal grant application and we run all of the emergency grant requests through this application,” said Sheri Terejeson, Clark’s Financial wellness program manager. “We have a committee that reviews the applications and then fit students to the appropriate emergency grant when we can.”
Although the CARES fund has been exhausted for the fall term, students still have until Dec. 10 to fill out a universal emergency grant application for the fall quarter. The college has reserved limited institutional funds for groups that are at higher risk of homelessness such as DACA, Native American, LGBTQIA and veteran students.
Terejeson recommends that students who are in a financial crisis reach out to Clark’s financial wellness coach (email). Clark also offers many other resources to support students, “We have a CARES team for students who are in crisis and can connect students to resources,” said Terejeson.