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CARES Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act


As of June 15, 2020, all funds for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant have been exhausted.
Applications received will be retained shall additional funding become available in the future.

Owens Community College, through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, has been awarded $1.9 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) for students whose lives have been disrupted. Funds can be used for educational expenses related to the disruption of College operations due to coronavirus. These include food, rent or mortgage payment, instructional supplies, technology, health care, utility bill(s), or child/dependent care. Loss of employment is not an allowable expense.

To support the greatest number of students possible while also providing funding to those students who may have the greatest need, students have two possible paths to receive funds. NOTE: As of June 15, 2020, all funds for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant have been exhausted.

The first path is a CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Auto Award.

Who is eligible?

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) amounts are based on a student’s expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA and the total number of credit hours of enrollment as of March 13.

This award will automatically be applied to a student’s account on Friday, May 22, 2020.  The student will receive a refund based on the refund preference they have selected with BankMobile.  For information about BankMobile and setting a refund preference, please view the Refunds section of the Student Accounts website >>. If assistance is needed with setting up your refund preference, please contact the Student Service Center at (567) 661-2387. Please note the College will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday, and email and phone support will be available during posted hours starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

The second path is the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant Application.

This process will be available in your Ozone account starting Tuesday, May 26 after 9 a.m.

Who is eligible?

A student must meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid as listed at this webpage >> and have been enrolled in Spring 2020 classes.

Grant amounts will be based on an individual student grant application submission and are subject to availability of funds. The maximum grant request per student is $1500. A student is only eligible to make one request for a CARES Act HEERF grant based on the current federal funding. CARES Act HEERF grant applications will be processed within five business days.

  1. From the Ozone home page, locate the Financial Aid Summary card
  2. Click on View Financial Aid Details
  3. Click on Financial Aid Awards
  4. Select the Financial Aid Year 2020-2021 and click Submit
  5. Select the Award Overview Information about the CARES ACT Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund will be listed near the top of the page

For questions, please contact the Student Service Center at (567) 661-2387, or email your Oserve Advocate.

How can I check the status of, or view if Owens received, my CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant Application?

How can I tell if I was automatically awarded funds through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant?

How do I apply for the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant, if I did not receive an automatic award, or if I would like to request additional funding?

My CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant application status is “Denied”. Why?

My CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grant application status is “Incomplete”. How do I know what to do?

How will I know if my CARES Act application was approved?

Who should I contact if I have questions about the CARES Act?

What is the CARES Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?

Who is eligible for a CARES Act Higher Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant?

Will my CARES Act HEERF approved grant amount OR automatic award pay an existing balance I owe the college for either Spring 2020 semester or a future semester?

What kinds of expenses are allowable?

Do I have to repay the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant?

How will my refund be reflected on my student account?

How will the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) be sent to me?

When will I receive the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant?

Would this funding reduce my financial aid awards?

Is there a maximum amount of funding that a student can apply for, using the CARES Act grant request process?

What is the processing time of a CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant application?

Why didn’t I receive any money as part of the automatic awarding process?

Do I have to report the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant on my income tax return?

How were the automatic award amounts determined?

What is the different between the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant and the Student Emergency Assistance Fund?