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CARES Act Emergency Fund Selection Process

As part of the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) received $2.3 million, which will be provided as direct payments to students as an emergency financial aid grant for expenses incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus. Based on the Federal guidelines provided by the Education Department, CFCC will use the following criteria to determine student eligibility and disburse CARES Act emergency financial aid grants:

To be eligible for CARES Act emergency funding, students must:

  • Have a 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file
  • Be enrolled in a Title IV eligible program of study
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not have been enrolled in all online classes prior to March 13, 2020
  • Meet all other requirements pertaining to federal Title IV eligibility

Student need will be determined by the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on the 2019-20 FAFSA the college has on file. Students with the greatest documented need will receive first priority for aid. Student aid will also be based on the number of credit hours in which a student was enrolled as of March 13, 2020.

Students who meet the criteria listed above will receive an email from CFCC notifying them of their potential eligibility for aid. In order to receive aid, students must sign and return a Verification Form certifying that they have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus

Aid will be posted through the Financial Aid office and disbursed as a direct payment to eligible students.

Awards to each student will be determined by the following chart:

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Award per Student
0 (Most needy students)

Less than 1/2 time (0 -5 credits)

$300.00

1/2 time (6-8 credits)

$600.00

3/4 time (9 – 11 credits)

$900.00

FT (12+ credits)

$1,200.00
Between $1 – $5,576 (Pell Eligible)

Less than 1/2 time (0 -5 credits)

$200.00

1/2 time (6-8 credits)

$400.00

3/4 time (9 – 11 credits)

$600.00

FT (12+ credits)

$800.00
Above $5,576 (Only eligible for loans)

Less than 1/2 time (0 -5 credits)

$150.00

1/2 time (6-8 credits)

$300.00

3/4 time (9 – 11 credits)

$450.00

FT (12+ credits)

$600.00
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