Emergency Aid and COVID Relief Programs

CCD offers stipends for students who are dealing with unanticipated and/or catastrophic life events that might cause students to stop or pause pursuing their educational goals. There are two opportunities for funding and one opportunity for laptop/hotspot requests. Emergency Aid Fund, Laptop and Hotspot Requests, and COVID-19 Relief Fund are managed by campus committees. As of August 24, 2020, the COVID-19 Relief fund is not accepting any new applications. Please refer back to this page as the COVID-19 Relief fund may reopen if additional future funding is provided. 

Request Laptop and/or WiFi Hotspot for Remote Learning

Community College of Denver (CCD) received funds to provide laptops and WiFi hot spots to students with unforeseen need due to COVID-19. Laptops and/or WiFi hotspot distributions are restricted and subject to limitation. In order to qualify you must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • US Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Not in default on prior federal student aid
  • In good academic standing per CCD’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy (link)
  • Registered for Selective Service (if male)
  • Enrolled in classes for the current term
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Not in 100% online program
  • Not an inter-institutional or visiting consortium student

COVID-19 Relief Fund

Due to high demand, CCD’s federal COVID-19 relief dollars have been exhausted and no more requests will be accepted. Applications received prior to August 24, 2020 are still under review. If approved, these funds will be distributed to students after September 11, 2020 through the normal financial aid disbursement process. Please refer back to this page after September 11, 2020 as the COVID-19 Relief fund may reopen if additional funding is available.

 

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Community College of Denver (CCD) received funds to provide grants to students with unforeseen expenses due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses included course materials, technology, transit, food, housing, health care, and childcare. Funds are restricted and subject to limitation. Students with financial aid refunds higher than $6,195 for the semester will not be considered.  Students with COVID-specific refunds of over $6,195 over the course of multiple semesters will not be considered. Only students who are eligible for Title IV federal aid can receive CARES Act emergency funds. In order to qualify you must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • US Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Not in default on prior federal student aid
  • In good academic standing per CCD’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy (link)
  • Registered for Selective Service (if male)
  • Enrolled in classes for the current term
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Not in 100% online program
  • Not an inter-institutional or visiting consortium student

Please note that students must demonstrate a direct connection between education and COVID-19.

COVID-19 Relief funds will be distributed through the normal financial aid awarding process, with refunds delivered through the student’s chosen BankMobile preference.  Attendance within the current semester is required. Disbursements will not begin until after census (last day to drop/add classes for the 15 week semester). Refunds can take up to 2.5 weeks for receipt.

Emergency Aid Fund (Project Success)

The Emergency Aid Fund is designed to support students’ completing a certificate and/or degree by removing unforeseen & urgent financial obstacles, which if not resolved quickly, could cause students to drop out. Full and part-time students are eligible for a total of $500 in emergency financial assistance to pay for unforeseen costs including, but not limited to, utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, transportation, childcare, etc. 

Emergency aid funds cannot pay for tuition, books, supplies, required tools/equipment, or fines. Funds also cannot pay off prior balances owed to the College. Lastly, emergency aid funds must be paid to the third party involved (e.g., dentist office for emergency tooth extraction) or via a gift card to a grocery store. 

Students experiencing unforeseen, urgent, financial difficulties can apply for Project Success by filling out the below application and must upload supporting documentation (e.g., a quote from the dentist office, medical invoice, etc) that can be paid by credit card (CCD cannot disburse emergency aid funds via check or money order). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

In addition to completing an online application, students will need to meet with a member of the Human Services team to review their application and identify additional campus & community-based support. 

The emergency aid funds will be distributed within two business days of application approval. In other words, the entire process of applying for, gaining approval, and fund distribution will take no longer than 4 business days. This disbursement timeline is based on the student submitting a complete application, including a payable invoice, and meeting with Human Services staff.