Student Relief Funds

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has potentially affected your ability to pay for your schooling. On March 27, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As of April 21, the government has established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which allows institutions of higher education the ability to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to novel coronavirus.

Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, Parkland College received $3,275,003. It signed and submitted the Funding Certification and Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education on April 23, 2020.  Parkland agrees to use no less than 50 percent ($1,637,502) of these funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. CARES Report March 2020 - September 2020.

Though our goal is to provide opportunities for students of all types, the guidelines surrounding eligibility from the government limits which students may receive funding under the CARES Act Program for Parkland Students.
For more information on eligibility, the CARES Act, and HEERF, please see the Department of Education site or their FAQ.

Additional Resources for Students
When faced with a disruption of their learning from the effects of COVID-19, students not eligible for CARES ACT funds or needing assistance with expenses not covered under the CARES Act, can apply for a very limited amount of funds available through Parkland Foundation’s Emergency Grant Program here.

Parkland Fall 2020 Students Cares Act (Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act)

(Updates made at least every 30 days from May 14, 2020)

Program opened: August 10, 2020

Eligibility criteria (Per guidance at time Fall 2020 program began): Title IV eligible students as demonstrated by 2020-2021 FAFSA process completion. Fall students must be enrolled in the fall term, met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements, not be a completely online student prior to March 13, 2020 and have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Application process: Parkland identified 2,171 eligible students and sent an email to those students regarding the process for applying for the CARES HEERF federal student aid. Fall students who incurred expenses after August 24th, 2020 due to campus disruption and the transition to online learning were eligible to apply for up to $500 reimbursement for those expenses. Professional judgement additions are utilized in applicable cases.

Approved applications: 1268 as of (10/22/2020)

Funds awarded: $627,900 (as of (10/22/2020)

Parkland Summer 2020 Students Cares Act (Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act)

(Updates made at least every 30 days from May 14, 2020)

Program opened: June 1, 2020

Program closed: August 7, 2020

Eligibility criteria (per guidance when the summer 2020 program began): US citizens and permanent residents enrolled in the summer 2020 program. Students must have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  

Application process: Parkland identified 2,500 eligible students and sent an email to those students regarding the process for applying for the CARES HEERF federal student aid. Summer students who incurred expenses after May 18, 2020 due to campus disruption and the transition to online learning were eligible to apply for up to $500 reimbursement for those expenses. Professional judgement additions were utilized in applicable cases.

Approved applications: 648

Funds awarded: (August 10, 2020): $315,400


Parkland Spring 2020 Students Cares Act (Under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act)

(Updates made at least every 30 days from May 14, 2020)

Program opened: May 7, 2020

Program closed: May 31, 2020

Eligibility criteria (Per guidance at time Spring 2020 program began): Title IV eligible students as demonstrated by 2019-2020 FAFSA process completion. Spring students must also have been enrolled in the Spring term, met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements, not be completely online students prior to March 13, 2020 and have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

Application process: Parkland identified 2,400 eligible students and sent an email to those students regarding the process for applying for the CARES HEERF student grants. Students who incurred expenses after March 13, 2020 due to campus disruption and the transition to online learning were eligible to apply for up to $500 reimbursement for those expenses. Professional judgement additions were utilized in applicable cases.

Approved applications: 875

Funds awarded: $427,600