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CARES Act Student Emergency Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CARES Act and the HEERF Act? 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Act are a coronavirus relief packages approved by Congress. Community College of Philadelphia receives funds to assist students that have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include food, housing, tuition balances, course materials, technology, health care, childcare or other related expenses.

Do the funds need to be repaid?

No, these are federal grant assistance programs that do not need to be repaid. 

Am I eligible to receive CARES/HEERF Act assistance?
  • Students must have a valid 2020-21 FAFSA at Community College of Philadelphia. If you haven't completed the 2020-21 FAFSA yet, it's still available through June 30, 2021. Get started by visiting
  • Students must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, tuition balances, course materials, technology, health care, childcare or other related expenses.
  • Requests will be awarded based on the availability of funds.  

To see if you are eligible to receive CARES/HEERF Act funds, please complete the request form. All forms must be submitted by May 5, 2021.  

How will I receive CARES/HEERF Funds? 
Students may choose to have funds applied directly towards any current semester student account balance charges, or they may choose to receive funds as direct educational expense assistance. Note: Students who choose to receive funds directly are still responsible for any outstanding current semester student account balances, and may be subject to late fees and/or future semester registration restrictions for any unpaid balances.
All CARES/HEERF Act funding that is awarded will be directly provided to students through standard Community College of Philadelphia student refund policies and procedures. Funds will be released through either electronic direct deposit or a mailed check.
How do I register for direct deposit?  

To sign up for direct deposit with the College, please login to MyCCP and complete the Student Direct Deposit Sign-Up form. You will need a bank account and a cell phone to sign up for direct deposit.

If you are unable to sign up for direct deposit you will be mailed a check sent to your CCP mailing address on record. Please confirm your mailing address by logging in to MyCCP and completing the CCP Mailing Address Verification form.

Are other resources available if I don’t qualify for the CARES/HEERF Act Funds?

Students who do not meet eligibility criteria may still seek financial assistance for emergency circumstances through the Student Emergency Fund.

Are CARES Act funds available to incoming students that are beginning in Spring 2021? 

Federal CARES/HEERF Act funds are being awarded to current CCP students that have expenses as a result of their educational experience being disrupted due to COVID-19.

Where can I locate the CARES Act consumer information? 

Information can be located on the College's Consumer Information webpage under Financial Assistance.