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HEERF/CARES Act Funding FAQ

Pima Community College has been selected to distribute funds to students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds have been authorized by the CARES Act, and are referred to as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

How do I qualify for the CARES Act funds?

You must complete and submit the FAFSA application. Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. The deadline to submit the 2019-20 FAFSA is June 30, 2020. You must be enrolled in courses in Spring 2020. If you were enrolled only in online courses as of March 13th 2020, you will not be considered for these emergency funds.

To qualify you must meet the following criteria:

  1. U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen
  2. Social Security number
  3. Registration with Selective Service (if the student is male)
  4. High school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting

In order to receive the funds, students must meet certain eligibility requirements. If you qualify to receive a disbursement, the funds can be used to help you with expenses that you may have incurred during this disruption to your education.

How will I receive the CARES Act funds?

Funds are distributed to you directly. Fastest and safest way for us to send you funds is for you to sign-up for ERefund. You may do this by going to your MyPima, MyAccountManager, in your Students tab. Otherwise a standard check will be mailed to you.

Who do I contact if I don’t receive my CARES Act funds?

For additional information regarding CARES emergency funds please review the information in the COVID-19 resources webpage.

Could I receive both types of Student Emergency Funds through Pima Community College Foundation and the CARES Act Emergency Funds?

Pima Community College is doing its best to meet the needs of all students. In an effort to extend as much of the funds as possible, students may only receive one or the other.

Am I eligible for more money from the CARES Act?

The number of credits that you are enrolled for determines the amount you will receive.

  • Less than half time (1-5 credits) = $400
  • Half time (6-8 credits) = $600
  • Three-Quarter Time (9-11 credits) = $800
  • Full time (12 credits or more) = $1000
  • Clock Hour programs = $1000 (FT Students)

Will these funds be visible to me on my student account?

You may review your disbursement and refund information via MyPima, MyAccount Manager. The disbursement is not taxable and will not be reflected in your financial aid package.

Is there a list of things that I can or cannot use this money for?

You may use this money to assist you in any expenses you have that were caused due to the disruption you experienced from COVID-19.

Will this affect my financial aid?

These are federal emergency funds, they do not count as financial assistance. They do not count with or against your other financial aid, if you are receiving other forms of aid.

Can I use this for tuition and fees?

Unlike other sources of aid, these funds may not be used to pay any outstanding charges (tuition and/or fees) that you have at Pima, but you may choose to pay. It is at your own discretion.

Don’t see your question? You can email Financial Aid and Scholarships: fahelp@pima.edu

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