What is the 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.

When will Pomona disburse CARES Act funds to students?

Pomona College intends to disburse CARES Act funds directly to students in the next few weeks. The College will provide CARES Act funds to those students who were enrolled as of March 13, 2020 and who have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.

Will graduating seniors receive CARES Act funds?

Yes. The pool of students who will be considered for eligibility to receive CARES funds or matching funds from private sources will include students enrolled as of March 13, 2020, including graduating seniors.

Which students will receive CARES Act funds?

If you have not filed a FAFSA while enrolled at Pomona and need CARES Act funding, complete and submit the 2019-20 FAFSA application by May 29, 2020 and list Pomona as a recipient. (The federal school code is 001173.)

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 CARES Act funds once they submit this form.

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

The CARES Act excludes undocumented, DACA, and international students from receiving these emergency funds. However, the College will provide emergency funds from its own resources to those undocumented, DACA, and international students who receive financial aid.