Frequently Asked Questions
What is the CARES Act?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a coronavirus relief package approved by Congress. Community College of Philadelphia will receive $8 million to assist students that have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare or other related expenses.
Does the CARES Act Fund need to be repaid?
No, the CARES Act Fund is federal grant assistance that does not need to be repaid.
Am I eligible to receive CARES Act assistance?
- Students must have a valid 2019-20 FAFSA at Community College of Philadelphia. If you haven't completed the 2019-20 FAFSA yet, it's still available through June 30, 2020. Get started by visiting www.fafsa.gov.
- Students must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, 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 Act funds, please complete the request form. All forms submitted by July 15, 2020 will be reviewed by July 22, 2020. Students who apply and are eligible to receive CARES Act Funds will receive funds by July 30, 2020.
How will I receive CARES Funds?
If approved, the CARES Act Fund grant will be added as a credit to your CCP student account, and then refunded to you. Unlike all other forms of financial aid, this fund will not credit toward any unpaid balances. CARES Act funds will be distributed via direct deposit. All students able to sign up for direct deposit must do so to ensure the timely disbursement of the funds. If you are unable to sign up for direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to your address on record.
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 Act Fund?
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 Fall 2020?
Federal CARES 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. Fund availability will be monitored as we move through the next academic year.