SCTCC Student CARES Grants

Thanks to the Federal CARES Act, SCTCC has grants available to help you through this challenging time!

Types of grants available

  1. Eligible students enrolled with us on March 6, 2020 qualify for a $150 grant! SCTCC will start sending checks or direct deposit into your account on May 15.  You don’t even have to apply - they will automatically be sent via direct deposit if you have it set up or sent via mailed check. Note that it may take a few business days for a direct deposit to show on your account.
  2. All eligible students who received a Federal Pell Grant received an additional CARES Supplemental Award based on their enrollment status as of March 6, 2020. The maximum potential allocation is $1,150 to help defray other food and living expenses created by the disruption of on-campus activities.

    1. Less than halftime: $50
    2. At least half-time but less than three quarters: $250 
    3. At least three quarters time but less than  full-time: $450
    4. Full-time: $650
    5. Students with an expected family contribution less than $2000 received an additional $350.
  3. Finally, if you have unforeseen financial difficulties, you can apply for an additional grant.

Your grant funds are flexible and can be used for everything from rent and food to health care and childcare.

Eligibility & FAQs

Didn't get a grant? First, check to make sure your address and phone number are correct in eServices.

Starting Wednesday, May 13, students will be able to see their CARES grant award in eServices under bills and payment. Students are only eligible for a base award from one institution.

  • Students who are online-only at the beginning of Spring Semester 2020 are not eligible to receive these funds.
  • Students who used the senior citizen tuition rate are not eligible for these funds.
  • Only students who are or could be eligible to receive federal financial aid (this included grants, loans, or work-study) may receive emergency financial aid grants.
  • The criteria to receive funds include but are not limited to the following:
    • U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen;
    • Have a valid Social Security number;
    • Registered with Selective Service (if the student is male);
    • Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
  • If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility.
  •  Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants.

Students do need to be eligible to receive financial aid to receive CARES Emergency Funds.

If you are suspended from financial aid, you may want to complete an appeal. The appeal form is found at

If you don’t meet the requirements to apply for these funds, please consider applying for the Random Acts of Kindness Grant (RAK). Here is the link for the RAK.

In general, you can use these funds to help with costs associated with staying in school. This could be help if you have food insecurity, housing insecurity, additional costs associated with classes being online, childcare if it isn’t funded by the MN Child Care Grant, etc. It can also be used to cover the costs of books or future tuition.

Please allow five business days for bank processing before inquiring as to status of your direct deposit. Postal delivery varies depending on location. If you have not received your check by June 8, 2020, please contact us so we may research the status of your outstanding check. In order to assist us in contacting you regarding any returned funds, please be sure you have a current telephone number in your eServices information.

Keep your Future in Sight!

These grants are because you are a college student at SCTCC!

Stay on your course for the future and register for fall semester. Need your access code to register? Email the Advising Center at

Questions? Your best resource about this grant is SCTCC Financial Services.