COVID-19 Emergency Grant

The COVID-19 Emergency Grant is a one-time $500 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:

Students enrolled in classes for the fall 2020 term may apply now!

Who is eligible to apply

To apply for the fall 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Grant, you must:

  • be enrolled for the fall 2020 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.

Click here to apply if you are registered for Fall 2020

 

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

If you have been awarded the emergency grant but need additional funds due to an extenuating circumstance, please check your Insite email account regarding the appeal process to request for additional funds. Approval of additional funds is not guaranteed and is based on availability and your individual financial situation.

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 Student Emergency Grant Disclosures:

CARES Act HEERF Institutional Funds Quarterly Report

CARES Act HEERF Institutional Funds Quarterly Report: