CARES Act Grants

Higher Education Emergency Relief Grants through Federal CARES ACT

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is partnering with the U.S. Department of Education to distribute Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to students in financial need due to unexpected expenses related to the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 disruption of campus operations by the coronavirus.

EICC students experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for the Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant.  Priority consideration is given to Spring 2020 students and Summer 2020 students enrolled in on-campus courses that were impacted by the college’s COVID-19 response (Spring courses with end dates after March 13 or Summer courses with a start date no later than June 1 that were originally slated as on-campus courses). Guest students, non-degree seeking students, exclusively online students and high school concurrent students are not eligible.  Students enrolled exclusively in online courses for Spring or Summer are not eligible. 

Students applying for the CARES Act Emergency Grant must be experiencing an increased financial need or hardship due to the disruption of college operations related to COVID-19 pandemic. CARES Act Emergency Grant funds can be used for assistance in paying any or all of the following eligible expenses.

  • Food
  • Housing/Utilities
  • Computer/Technology
  • Unexpected healthcare expenses
  • Childcare
  • Transportation


Steps to Apply:

  • Complete the CARES Act Emergency Grant Student Application; final deadline is June 30. 

    The CARES Emergency Grant Application is now closed for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020. 

  • All applications will be reviewed for eligibility.  The review could take up to 2 weeks.

  • Once an application is approved, the student will receive a notification of the grant amount and the disbursement date.

  • Students with an electronic/direct deposit refund preference set up with BankMobile will receive their grant money within 2-3 business days after the notification of approval. 

  • Students with a paper check option will receive their refund in 7- 30 days.

Please note: Students that are not approved for CARES Act Emergency Grants will also be notified within 2 weeks of the application date. 

Funds are limited. Students are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible. The following factors may be used when reviewing applications for funding:

  • Submission date of the application
  • Financial need based on the FAFSA
  • Cost related to enrollment status

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the CARES Act Emergency Grant. 

Students with additional financial needs not covered by the CARES Act Emergency Grant should consult the following resources:



EICC Report on CARES - Student Emergency Grants 7/16/2020