CARES Distribution

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), was signed into law on March 27, 2020 and funds were distributed to institutions of higher education to address the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

East Los Angeles College signed the Department of Education Certification and Agreement for receipt of CARES Act funding and was allocated $10,797,043 of which $5,398,522 was designated for distribution to students in direct aid. Direct aid is intended for students whose lives were adversely impacted by the coronavirus and must be used for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.

The college prioritized students with identified financial need for CARES Act funding and established the following criteria for receipt of the initial award:

  1. Enrolled in the spring 2020 semester
  2. Eligible for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG)
  3. Not enrolled exclusively in online courses

11,829 students met these criteria and were provided with a $300 award, amounting to a total distribution of $3,548,700. Students were notified of their award via email and funds were distributed to them through their Bank Mobile accounts.

The remaining $1,849,822 CARES Act Funds was awarded to students by completing a CARES Act Emergency Assistance Grant Application online. Priority was given to students enrolled full-time (12 units or more) for the Fall 2020 Semester. Awards was based on a first come, first serve basis for students who met the following criteria:

  1. Meet the California College Promise Grant eligibility requirement
  2. Have completed the FAFSA Application, Dream Act or the California College Promise Grant Application
  3. Not have an overpayment from any federal grant (ie. Pell Grant) or be in default on any federal student loan
  4. ELAC is listed as home school with minimum enrollment of 1 unit at ELAC for the current term. Priority is given to students enrolled for Fall 2020 full-time (12 units or more) with at least six (6) of those units being taken at ELAC
  5. Be able to provide supporting documentation of need upon request, such as pink slip, unpaid utility bills, eviction notice, etc.
  6. Not have received CARES Act funding from any other educational institution.
  7. Submit a completed CARES Act Emergency Assistance Grant Application

Through the application process, 1,526 students have received a total of $639,407 in CARES Act Funding. 7,244 financial aid students enrolled in six or more units were awarded a $150 grant, for a total distribution of $1,086,600. The total distribution of CARES Act Funding for the fall 2020 semester was $1,726,007 from the direct aid portion.

The total amount disbursed to date for students is now $5,260,847 from Direct Aid and $569,499 from the Institutional Portion of the CARES Act Fund. The remaining $137,675 of Direct Aid will continue to be disbursed via the application process until these funds have been exhausted.

Please click on the following link to apply for a CARES Act Emergency Assistance Grant:

  1. Currently enrolled students
  2. Title IV Eligible
  3. Priority given to disproportionately impacted populations such as Veterans, Foster Youth, and homeless students.

Deadline to apply: February 21, 2021 or until funds have been exhausted

For any questions or problems (student log-in, application process, etc.) please send an e-mail with your complete name, e-mail address, Student ID#, along with your question to:

Students will receive a response within 2 to 3 business days based on the volume of emails received.