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Coronavirus CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that provides financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), with a portion of those funds earmarked for student support and a portion earmarked for institutional costs.

Read more about the CARES Act reports and disclosures required under Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act for Pomona College regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Frequently Asked Questions

Which students will receive coronavirus relief funds?

Pomona College plans to disburse these funds to students who meet criteria which include having a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020/21 academic year on file with the Financial Aid Office as well as having been enrolled at Pomona on Sept. 5, 2020 and/or Feb. 9, 2021.

If you have not submitted a FAFSA for 2020/21 and wish to be considered for the funding allocation, please complete the FAFSA by April 14, 2021 and list Pomona College as a recipient. (The federal school code is 001173). This will be the last date to be considered for this funding. Please share this information with your classmates so everyone is aware of this deadline. Pomona students who are eligible to participate in federal aid programs, and thus able to fill out the FAFSA but who have not yet done so, can receive HEERF funds once they submit this form. 

Will undocumented, DACA, and international students receive CARES Act funds?

While it is not yet clear if the December 2020 bill includes undocumented, DACA, and international students, the College will provide funds from its own resources to these students who receive financial aid.

When will Pomona disburse coronavirus relief funds to students?

Funds will be disbursed to students during the week of May 14, 2021. We are still determining the financial allocation per student as we anticipate more students taking the eligibility steps.