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Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego City College is able to provide emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic. Your success is important to us, and we encourage you to apply for these resources.

San Diego City College will be using a district-wide online application to develop the list of eligible students to receive funding from the CARES Act. The application is now available at

If you are a San Diego City College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $400, depending on unit load. As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are currently enrolled in Spring 2020 classes at City, City or Miramar,
    as of March 9, 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    o You have a valid Social Security Number
    o You have registered with selective service (males only)
    o You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    o You are a citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on
    a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive CARES ACT funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

    *non-eligible students are encouraged to seek funding through City College's
    COVID-19 Campus Emergency Relief funds, Dreamers Resources and other
    resources. The application will be available shortly, follow us on Facebook, Twitter,
    and Instagram for updates. Please visit the website to learn about these resources,
    and more

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include hardships related to:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

About the Fund

  • The maximum amount a City College student can receive for Spring 2020
    is up to $300 enrolled in 6.0 - 11.5 units or $400 if enrolled in 12.0+ units
  • Awards will be distributed until CARES Act funds are exhausted
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student's financial
    aid package
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student's outstanding
    account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for
    expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus
    including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology,
    health care, and childcare.


Students must apply for funds by Friday, May 25, 2020. To have the best opportunity
to receive this funding, please apply soon.

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the stats of their application
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student applicant's current
    mailing address only
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information

For questions email

We know this is a challenging time for students and want to commend you for your continued resilience! We are here for you!