The federal government has established the Higher Education Relief Fund (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This fund will allow Mohawk Valley Community College to provide emergency grants to students experiencing financial hardship specifically due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. MVCC has completed the certification and agreement for this funding with the assurance that we will use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency grants for students. Here are some facts regarding this funding:

  • MVCC has been awarded $4,368,811, of which $2,184,406 (50%) is designated for emergency grants for students. 
  • We have identified 4,434 students with potential eligibility. These students will receive an email with the application link soon.
  • As of September 8, 2020, a total of 1073 students have received $673,949.

Who is eligible to receive emergency assistance?

MVCC's C.A.R.E.S. Emergency Relief Grants provide funds to students facing unexpected financial difficulty, emergency, or one-time hardships due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. Grants awarded do not need to be repaid.

  • Degree-seeking students must be enrolled in credit-bearing courses during the semester the funds are being requested.
  • Student must have a proven record of academic progress verified by earned credits, GPA, and be in good academic standing.
  • Student must have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office for the 2019-2020 Academic Year or the 2020-2021 Academic Year when application is reviewed.
  • Students must be eligible to receive Title IV Funding.
  • International, undocumented (DACA), and non-matriculated students are not eligible.
  • Students in online programs only are not eligible.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis, and funds will be awarded until funds have been exhausted.

How much money is awarded? How can the grant money be used?

  • Grants will generally range from $300 to $500 based upon the calculated expected family contribution (EFC), provided on the FAFSA and are specific to the identified needs. Students will be eligible for one grant only. Level of funding is not guaranteed and may change depending on funding levels at time of receipt of application.
EFC < 5577  EFC 5577 to 10,000  EFC 10,001 to 15,000  EFC 15,000+ 
 $500  $450  $400  $350


  • C.A.R.E.S. grants must cover expenses resulting from the disruption of campus operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes technology and connectivity needs related to distance learning, books and other instructional expenses, housing/rent/utilities, food/groceries, medical/dental bills, child care, and transportation.
  • C.A.R.E.S. grants cannot cover tuition or fees, legal fines/expenses, parking tickets/fines, and health insurance.
  • Students with allowable expenses higher than the amount allowed under their EFC must explain in detail as to why they are requesting additional funds. MVCC reserves the right to request additional documentation to support the applicant's request for an award greater than the noted range.

C.A.R.E.S. Emergency Relief Grant Application 

For more information about the C.A.R.E.S. Emergency Relief Grant, contact the Financial Aid Office at 315-792-5411 or

MVCC Quarterly CARES Act Required Report