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CARES Emergency Relief Fund

Foothill College students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for emergency relief support from the college.

Please fill out this short form so that we may understand your needs as best we can. We will review your request and get back to you as soon as possible.

Emergency Relief Fund Request

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About the Cares Act Critiera

  1. We, Foothill College, certify that we have signed and returned to the Department of Education (DOE) the required Certification and Agreement. We fully intend to use at least 50% of the funds received under Section 1804(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to enrolled students.
  2. The total amount of funds expected to be received from the DOE, and to be utilized for emergency financial aid grants to students is – $1,200,719.00
  3. The total amount of funds expended to students as of 05-19-2020 is $54,250.00.
  4. The approximate number of students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, assuming enrollment, is 3,544.
  5. The total number of students who have received emergency financial aid grants as of 5-19-2020 is 122.
  6. The process of CARES Act fund determination starts with a ‘student needs’ form being submitted by interested students. That list of students with their COVID-19 related expenses who submitted the form is run through Institutional Research (IR) to check for exclusively online students as of 3-13-2020 (Per DOE requirements) and to check for continuing students (within the 2019-20 primary terms).  Finally the output is cross-referenced with students who have been determined to be eligible under Section 484 in Title IV HEA of 1965.   Those allowable COVID-19 related expenses that are fundable by the CARES Act are coded and a set dollar amount per requested need is compiled.  The offered funds are then disbursed into the Foothill College Student account for a 100% refund to students.
  7. An email is sent to each individual student within 24-hours of the weekly refund. See below for current text.

Email Text Sent to Students Who Apply


Thank you for submitting an emergency relief request.  Please note that these funds provided by the Federal Stimulus Act—CARES Act—are intended to soften the impact of the COVID-19 emergency on your educational experience.                

While we were not always able to provide for all the needs that students have indicated, due to CARES Act limitations, we are happy to say we were able to award you some funds. Your award can be used on any expense that is related to the change in your class or technology needs, and you do not need to report back to the college on how you spend the funds. Recently the Department of Education and the IRS indicated that these funds are NOT going to be taxed.  However, we will still provide you with a 1098T form for review at the filing of your 2020 taxes.

We sincerely hope that you will stay in college and continue to thrive. Foothill College will continue to provide the support resources you need to be fully successful. The learning environment has shifted dramatically over the last few months and, while this brings many challenges, Foothill College will support you in this effort.  In summary, please reach out to us for help (academically, personally, or financially) and we will do our best to provide everything you need to be successful.

We will be sure to notify you if there are future additional funds available or the federal government approves another student-focused stimulus act.



Kevin Harral
Director of Financial Aid

Phone: 650.949.7245


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