Second Stimulus Funds Available for Eligible Students
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 (CRRSAA)funding has been released for local community colleges to assist students with educational costs as a result of COVID-19 impacts. These funds will be disbursed during the week of March 15 through April 1. Funds will be awarded using BankMobile in the same manner as students receive other financial aid. Students who have previously received other COVID-related relief funds are also eligible to receive this funding.
Awarding criteria for this funding includes:
- Registered in three or more units for the Spring 2021 term
- Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- PELL Grant eligible and still has an unmet need of more than $2,500
- Completed any additional documentation for financial aid
CRRSAA funds are limited to citizens and eligible non-citizens.
Eligible students can also request this supplemental financial aid by accessing theonline application. Students can claim one-time expenses related to housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. Please have supporting documentation ready to attach to the online application.
This federal stimulus funding is the second act of federal relief in response to COVID-19, following the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020. In 2020, El Camino College issued nearly 74,000 grants totaling $46,362,827. Of this amount, $5 million has been made available through CRRSAA funds.
The CRRSAA grant can help you with one-time education-related costs as a result of the pandemic. The maximum amount of the grant is $5,000 based upon your current circumstance. COVID-19 can have deep and long-lasting impacts. We care about the effect the pandemic has on your health and well-being, safety, education and future.
For more information on CARES Act, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) CARES Act Funding web page. For more information regarding this and other student funding, please visit the ECC Financial Aid Office website.