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CARES Act Student Emergency Grant

In April 2020, the US Department of Education (DOE) announced that more than $6 billion would be distributed immediately to colleges and universities across the country to provide direct emergency financial aid grants to college students whose lives and educational pathways have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding has been made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  

At Allan Hancock College, we are now distributing the $1.9 million in direct aid to students under the CARES Act. 

The sole purpose of this federal funding is to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses they’ve incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Such expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.  

How to Apply for Funding 

Spring 2020 only 

To receive the $200.00 CARES Act funds for the spring 2020 semester, students must  

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019–20.  If you've already completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, you do not need to resubmit your application.   
  • Emergency Grant Fund Application survey - included in the notification email - must be completed.  

We have reviewed all AHC student records as of April 27, 2020 and identified the following group for the first disbursement: 

  • Students who enrolled this Spring 2020 semester  
  • Students who have a 2019-2020 FAFSA already on file and meets all Title IV eligibility requirements and will be making awards to students with the lowest EFC first.  

College notifications (Watch your myHancock email): 

  • Email notifications were sent to current students who received the CARES Acts fund disbursement on April 30, 2020, which included the Emergency Grant Fund Application survey which must be completed.  
  • Email notifications also sent to current students who have NOT submitted a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 year. Students must complete the 2019-20 FAFSA form to be consider for CARES Act funding no later than Friday, May 29, 2020, to be considered for the CARES Act funding. Included in the email is the Emergency Grant Fund Application survey which must also be completed.  

Financial aid files for this award will be processed every week on a first-come; first-serve bases through June 30, 2020.    

Students should continue to check the status of their financial aid award under their "My Financial Aid" heading in the student portal and click “View My Financial Aid.”  Be sure to choose the Award Year: “Summer 2019 to Spring 2020.”  

The deadline to submit a 2019-2020 FAFSA is Friday, May 29, 2020, to be considered for CARES funding.   

Summer 2020/Fall 2020 

CARES Act aid may be available to students through December 31, 2020. If students plan to apply for federal and/or state financial aid for the 2020/2021 academic year, Allan Hancock College strongly recommends students complete a FAFSA for 2020-2021.  If a student has already completed a FAFSA for 2020-2021, they do not need to resubmit an application.    

The application process for the 2020-2021 year will be updated in early June 2020  


  • All currently enrolled Allan Hancock Collegestudents enrolled in credit courses/programs 
  • Full- and part-time students, though awards may be prorated for part-time students 
  • Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data will determine eligibility.  

Please note that CARES Act funding does not cover: 

  • International, undocumented, and concurrent enrollment/College Now students due to federal government guidelines  

All eligible students must: 

  • Not owe an overpayment (refund) on Title IV grants; 
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan; 
  • Have returned any fraudulently obtained title IV funds, if the student is convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to criminal charges; 
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits; 
  • Have repaid any Title IV loan overpayment amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits, if obtained inadvertently; 
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.  

While International and undocumented students are not eligible for CARES funding under current federal government guidelines, other campus-based emergency funds such as the Allan Hancock College Basic Needs Initiative may be accessed to support students with demonstrated need.  

Given the high-profile nature of this funding, students should be aware and vigilant against attempts to gain access to their student account through phishing.   

Please continue to check this webpage for any changes/additions, etc.  

For any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3200 or