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CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds for Students

Due to the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon higher education, the Federal Government has allocated Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) funding. John Tyler Community has received CARES Act funds in the amount of $1,724,392.00* to provide Higher Education Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students** under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act. A student may receive this grant if:

  • The student applied and was eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs as determined by the 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 20,000 or less
  • The student was actively enrolled, on-campus half-time (6 credits) or greater for spring 2020 semester as of the National Emergency Declaration on March 13, 2020.  Additionally, courses must be required for completion of declared degree or certificate program meeting Financial Aid Course Audit (FACA) requirements 

Recipients are encouraged to use the funds in a manner that will support continuing their education in an online learning environment. This may include obtaining a device such as tablet or laptop, obtaining internet access or data plans, obtaining course materials, or other needs that will allow students to continue pursuing a higher education credential. Other needs may include food, housing, health care, childcare or other expenses. 

*$1,718052.00 of initial allocation will be disbursed in the amount of $915.00 per student. There were approximately 1,876 students meeting the above criteria.

**Approximately 2,047 students at John Tyler Community College are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the High Education Act of 1965.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are CARES Act Funds? 

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges and universities nationwide for emergency financial aid to be distributed to enroll students who are Title IV eligible and have expenses related to campus disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that CARES Act Emergency Aid Funds are separate from Tyler’s Emergency Fund grants.

Who is eligible? 

The CARES Act Emergency Aid Fund provides emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. If you were enrolled in at least six financial-aid eligible credits on March 13, 2020, that were not exclusively online prior to March 13, 2020 and if you filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 20,000 or less, you are eligible for CARES Act emergency grant funding.  

How will I know if I am receiving a CARES Act emergency grant? 

A message will be posted to eligible recipients' MyTyler student center.

How will I receive the funds? 

The funds will be released to eligible recipients based on their selected refund preference in the TMS–Tyler refund portal. Direct deposit is the quickest method to receive CARES Act funds. If not already selected, eligible recipients may select direct deposit for their refund preference on the JTCC Refund Portal and click Register. Otherwise, the funds will be released to recipients by paper check. Eligible recipients should make sure their mailing address is updated in MyTyler. 

What are the tax implications for students receiving a CARES Act emergency grant?

The IRS has provided a page of FAQs relating to CARES Act emergency grants and the tax implications for students.

What if I have other questions? 

Contact the 24-Hour Student Support Center at 1-855-874-6684 or


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