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CARES Act Emergency Funding

**The Fall 2020 Application will be available on your student MyPalomar Account on Monday, August 3rd. The earliest Disbursement will be Friday, August 21st. ** 
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

CARES Act HEERF Grant Eligibility

The Palomar CARES/HEERF online application is available on your MyPalomar page if you have filed the following:

- 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

-2020-2021 CADA (California Dream Application)

The application lists the eligibility criteria and if those are MET or UNMET based on your FAFSA or CADA form and your college records.   You will also be asked to identify one or more COVID-19 expenses you have incurred due to coronavirus-related campus disruption.

US citizens and eligible non-citizens who file the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet the following federal student aid Title IV criteria:
  • Enroll in an eligible Palomar College degree or certificate program
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • If male, registered for Selective Service
  • Have completed high school and earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines at the time of disbursement
  • Do not owe an overpayment of federal student aid
  • Priority is given to students who have enrolled at least half-time (6 units per term) and have financial need of at least $5000 as calculated by FAFSA data
  • Complete the on-line HEERF application

 

AB540 certified students who file the 2020-2021 California Dream Application (CADA) and meet the following criteria:
  • Enroll in an eligible Palomar College degree or certificate program
  • Have completed high school and earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines at the time of disbursement
  • Priority is given to students who have enrolled at least half-time (6 units per term) and have financial need of at least $5000 as calculated by the CADA
  • Complete the on-line HEERF application

(The June 17, 2020 ruling of the federal court in Oakley v. DeVos allows California community college students not eligible for Title IV student aid to receive HEERF grants.  Under this provision, Palomar College has extended HEERF grants to undocumented students who are certified by Palomar College as AB540 eligible.)

All CARES/HEERF grants are $750

The HEERF grant will be disbursed to you by check to the address listed in your MyPalomar account.  Please make sure your mailing address information is correct.

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