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CARES Emergency Aid

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a package of over $2 trillion intended to provide relief from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The act contained provisions specifically intended to provide relief for higher education institutions and their students.

See CARES awarding criteria here.

Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions relating to CARES Act. If you have any questions, please contact the Chabot Financial Aid Office by emailing cc-finaid@chabotcollege.edu from your secure ZoneMail email account or finding find us working remotely here.

Eligible expenses include expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials (including any required software), Online Expenses (Internet, Phone, Other), Technology (Laptop, Tablet), health care, and child care.
$2,078,420 was allocated to Chabot College for direct assistance to Chabot students.
Eligible Chabot students will receive $500 grants.
The CARES Act provides institutions with significant discretion on how to award this emergency assistance to students. Each institution may develop its own system and process for determining how to allocate these funds while recognizing the only statutory requirement, which is that the emergency student grants be used to cover student expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Consideration for awards include:

  • Need-based grants awarded according to institution-specific criteria that include Pell-eligibility and other factors as outlined by the Department of Education.
  • Students at risk of being unable to continue their education due to coronavirus-related disruptions.
Students who already received an emergency grant from the Friends of Chabot Foundation will not be considered for additional award from the CARES Emergency funds.
  • The funds must go from the school directly to the student, and the student can then use their grant to cover coronavirus-related expenses.
  • CARES Act funds will be automatically directly deposited into student accounts for those eligible students with BankMobile account.
  • Eligible students without a BankMobile account will need to set up an electronic money transfer which will allow BankMobile to transfer funds to your designated bank automatically. 
  • Click here to access instructions to set up a BankMobile account.
  • CARES Act disbursements to students will be processed through financial aid awards.
  • No, the funds must go from the school directly to the student, and the student can then use their grant to cover coronavirus-related expenses.
  • This means the college cannot pay outstanding charges on the student's account even if school has the student's permission to do so.
  • You may have received an email or two from BankMobile directing you to update your payment preferences regarding emergency financial aid grants as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We want you to know that was a legitimate message and is not part of a phishing attempt by BankMobile. 
  • Chabot partners with BankMobile as a safe, fast, reliable way for students to receive funds (i.e. financial aid disbursement).
  • The College will utilize BankMobile as the primary way to disburse CARES/ Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds to students. If you do not currently have an account, we encourage you to set one up in the event Chabot needs to transmit money to you.
  • Please check your refund preference by logging into refundselection.com and under Refunds, select Refund Preferences.
  • Any email received from BankMobile does not imply a student will receive CARES/HEERF funds. BankMobile’s intentions, while good, may have been a bit confusing. Their request was for you to update your BankMobile account in the event that you are approved for CARES/HEERF funds.
No, CARES funds are not calculated as part of a student's financial aid package.
  • No, Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.  This grant is not includible in your gross income.
  • See IRS regulations for additional information and tax guidance.
  • Yes, schools are required to issue 1098-T forms to students receiving CARES Emergency grants, which should appear in Box 5.
  • See IRS regulations for additional information and tax guidance.

Because the emergency financial aid grant is not includible in your gross income, you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant including the tuition and fees deduction, the American Opportunity Credit, or the Lifetime Learning Credit. See section 139(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.

No. These funds are solely due to the disruption to study during Spring 2020.
  1. Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, undocumented or international students are not eligible for the federal CARES Act emergency aid funds.
  2. The College may be able to help you with emergency support, through the Friends of Chabot Foundation. The Foundation maintains these funds for currently enrolled students with emergency needs, including food, shelter, educational expenses, and other needs. These funds are limited, but students are encouraged to apply. The Foundation will review all applications and determine if emergency financial assistance is possible.

Students with questions related to the CARES Act funding can contact the Chabot Financial Aid Office by emailing cc-finaid@chabotcollege.edu from your secure ZoneMail email account or finding us working remotely here.