COVID-19 Emergency Grant

The COVID-19 Emergency Grant is a one-time $1000 grant for currently enrolled DVC students who are facing unexpected expenses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to remote classes and services. Funding is limited and is subject to the rules and eligibility requirements found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act. For more detailed information about requirements and the application process, please read the information below. 

Important updates:

With the passage of additional relief funding for higher education under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, DVC is able to provide additional direct emergency grants for students like you! The DVC Emergency Grant application is now available. Please see below for more information and link to the application.  Students who were previously approved for the $500 COVID-19 Emergency Grants are eligible to apply for the new $1000 grant!

The application for summer 21 is now open! Students enrolled for summer 21 who did not already receive the grant for spring 21 are eligible to apply. See below for details and link to the application.

Who is eligible to apply

To apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant, you must:

  • be a first time applicant
  • be enrolled for the summer 2021 semester
  • have an unexpected financial emergency due to COVID-19

To apply for other financial aid programs in addition to the Covid-19 Emergency Grant, students are highly encouraged to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA or the 2020-2021 California Dream Act.

For non-citizen students: The COVID-19 Emergency Grant is intended to defray costs related to the current public health emergency and is not "income maintenance" and therefore should not be considered a "public benefit" for public charge purposes. If you have lost income due to campus jobs being suspended, you should seek relief for lost earning through federal or state-funded COVID-19-related unemployment benefits rather than CARES Act emergency grants, because unemployment benefits are excluded from public charge determinations. If you are concerned about potential public charge consequences, consult with an immigration attorney. Click here for legal resources for undocumented students.

What qualifies as a financial emergency

Qualifying COVID-19 emergencies include, but are not limited to:

  • inability to pay rent/mortgage
  • childcare needs due to school closure
  • technology needs for remote learning
  • medical emergencies
  • other qualifying emergency  

The COVID-19 Emergency Grant may be used for:

  • food
  • housing or temporary shelter
  • utilities (gas, electricity, water)
  • transportation
  • technology (laptop, webcam, etc.)
  • internet access (wifi)
  • class supplies
  • childcare
  • healthcare costs
  • other emergency expense 
How to apply

Note: The application is not formatted for mobile devices. Please use a desktop browser to complete the application.

The application for summer 21 is now open! Students enrolled for summer 21 who did not already receive the grant for spring 21 are eligible to apply.

Click here to apply for summer 2021  

Due to limited resources, submission of the application does not guarantee that you will receive a grant. 

Request for additional funds

Students with extenuating circumstances and exceptional financial need may request additional funds. Requests are reviewed and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.  Funding is limited and is subject to the rules and eligibility requirements found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act and in subsequent notice(s) from the United States Department of Education.

To request additional Covid-19 Emergency funds, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have applied for and received the $1000 Covid 19 Emergency Grant
  • Must be enrolled in at least 3 units for the current semester
  • Must demonstrate extenuating circumstance
  • Submit the request for additional funds
What to expect after you apply

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted. We anticipate a large influx of applications and will do our best to process the applications in a timely manner.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via InSite email within the next 3-4 weeks. To expedite the process, we recommend you set up your disbursement option through Bank Mobile now, in the event that you are awarded the emergency funds. You must have submitted a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application to sign up for Bank Mobile. If you did not submit an application, you will need to wait until your emergency grant is approved before signing up for Bank Mobile.

Signing up for Bank Mobile:

  1. Log into m.4cd.edu
  2. Once logged in, tap the FINANCIAL AID tile
  3. Select MY FA DISBURSEMENTS from the menu
  4. Select BANKMOBILE - FIRST TIME SETUP to choose your disbursement method
Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us at basicneeds@dvc.edu.

CARES Act HEERF Student Emergency Grant Disclosure

Each institution applying for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds is required to comply with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and must post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website, in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public, 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.

CARES Act HEERF I Student Emergency Grant Disclosures:

CARES Act HEERF II Student Emergency Grant Disclosures:

CARES Act HEERF III Student Emergency Grant Disclosures: