As part of the federal government Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, higher education institutions across the nation received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. Century College and all institutions of higher education must disburse these funds to college students determined eligible by the U.S. Department of Education and whose education was disrupted when higher education institutions converted face-to-face courses to distance education and virtual formats. The funds must be used to cover expenses related to students’ cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

By statutory guidance, Century College is distributing the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to students through two types of awards: (1) CARES Base Awards (grant aid) that will be provided directly to eligible Century students and (2) CARES Special Circumstances Awards (grants) - additional need-based emergency grants to students who qualify for the CARES Base Awards.

Century College received $2,498,136 for emergency financial aid to distribute to eligible students enrolled in Spring 2020 semester. Using the eligibility guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education and Minnesota State, Century College identified eligible students in which funds were directly disbursed to students. 

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter, changed to quarterly reporting beginning on September 30, 2020).

  • 5,250 students have received a total of $2,351,700 as of May 13, 2020
  • 5,215 students have received a total of $2,342,975 as of July 5, 2020
  • 5,215 students have received a total of $2,342,975 as of August 18, 2020
  • 4,851 students have received a total of $2,267,150 as of October 1, 2020
  • 4,852 students have received a total of $2,267,250 as of November 13, 2020
  • 4,851 students have received a total of $2,267,150 as of December 3, 2020
  • 4,851 students have received a total of $2,267,150 as of January 8, 2021

The other remaining $230,986 amount were or will be distributed to eligible students via CARES Special Circumstances grant application approvals. 

  • During Spring 2020, as of May 13, 2020, 112 emergency grants were made to students through application for a total of $52,168.
  • During Fall 2020, as of October 12, 2020, 181 additional emergency grants were made to students through application for a total of $90,500.
  • During Fall 2020, as of November 13, 2020, 243 additional emergency grants were made to students though application for a total of $121,500.
  • During Fall 2020, as of December 3, 2020, 271 additional emergency grants were made to students through application for a total of $135,500.
  • During Fall 2020, as of January 8, 2021, 317 additional emergency grants were made to students through application for a total of $158,500. 
  • During the 2020-2021 academic year as of February 4, 2021, 359 additional emergency grants were made to students through applications for a total of 178,818.

Century College also received institutional emergency aid under the federal CARES HEEF, Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and received aid under Section 18004(a)(2). See the CARES HEERF Reporting page for more information about the institutional emergency aid and required reporting of these funds.

CARES Act FAQs

Read Century College's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CARES Act here.

What is the CARES Base Award (Grant Aid)?

Century College will distribute the majority of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds as CARES Base Award (grant aid) to all eligible Century students. The funds distributed as CARES Base Award aid are meant to help students pay expenses considered as the student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare due to COVID-19 related disruptions. If students have yet to experience financial stress due to COVID-19, these funds can help with upcoming unanticipated expenses.

Who is eligible for the CARES Base Awards?

The U.S. Department of Education required Century College and all higher education institutions to prioritize the majority of the funds to support students with the greatest financial need and also allowed us to provide a smaller amount of funds for students who did not file a FAFSA, but would have otherwise been eligible to file a FAFSA.

Based on the U.S. Department of Education and Minnesota State eligibility criteria, Century students enrolled as of the Friday prior to spring break (Friday, March 6, 2020), regardless of the number of credits for Spring 2020 semester, are eligible for a CARES Base Award as follows:

  • Currently enrolled students who have not filed a FAFSA, but who are eligible to file a FAFSA, will each receive $100.00 as CARES Base Award aid. The award will be directly provided to students in cash funds. (Eligibility to file a FAFSA includes criteria such as: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; valid SSN; registration with Selective Services (if male); and high school diploma, GED, or equivalent).
  • Currently enrolled students who have a FAFSA on file will receive $575.00 as CARES Base Award aid provided directly to students in cash funds.

All Century students, regardless of eligibility, have received communications regarding CARES Act funding based on all the guidelines listed above and those communicated by the federal government and Minnesota State.

Who is ineligible for the CARES Base Awards?

Institutions must use the guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be eligible to receive the CARES Act funds. Unfortunately, that means that not all students enrolled in higher education institutions across our nation can receive CARES Base Awards.

Using the U.S. Department of Education and Minnesota State guidelines, Century College students excluded from receiving CARES Base Award funds are students:

  • not enrolled in face-to-face courses and enrolled exclusively in online courses in Spring 2020 semester prior to the COVID-19 emergency,
  • ineligible to file a FAFSA: non-U.S. citizen or not an eligible noncitizen, concurrent enrolled high school students, postsecondary enrollment option students (PSEO)
  • being assessed senior citizen tuition rates,
  • enrolled in non-credit courses,
  • incarcerated,
  • withdrawn from Spring semester courses and were not enrolled as of March 6, 2020, or
  • Minnesota State employees whose tuition is covered by a Tuition Waiver.

Although Century is unable to provide all students with support through these funds, qualifying students should still apply for student financial aid by filing a FAFSA. In addition, Century’s Counseling Services and the Resource and Support Center connects students to community resources for food, housing, transportation, childcare, healthcare, etc. The Century College Foundation provides emergency assistance grants and scholarships that students can apply for. Visit the Resource and Support Center for more information and to access basic needs resources. You can also schedule an appointment through Starfish with a counselor to discuss other emergency funding options or contact the Advising, Counseling, and Career Center at acc@century.edu or 651-779-3285.

All Century students, regardless of eligibility, have received communications regarding CARES Act funding based on all the guidelines listed above and those communicated by the federal government and Minnesota State.

How will the CARES Base Awards be distributed?

In order to expedite distribution of these funds, eligible students will receive their cash funds through direct deposit provided by BankMobile, the system that Century College uses to process funds to students. Students who already have their direct deposit in place with BankMobile will receive funds as soon as next week. Students who currently do not have direct deposit set up with BankMobile should take immediate action to visit the BankMobile web page for more information and to set up a direct deposit preference.  Students who do not set up a BankMobile direct deposit will delay receipt of their funds up to 2-3 weeks or more to allow for a paper check distribution process.

Students who receive CARES Base Award aid should note that the federal government has not issued guidance regarding the tax status of this disbursement. Please be advised this emergency assistance aid may be considered as income on your Federal and State 2020 tax returns. The Federal and State governments will provide that guidance at the time of filing in 2021.

What is the CARES Special Circumstances Awards (grant)?

CARES Special Circumstances Awards (grants) are available through an application process for eligible Century students and can be used to cover expenses related to COVID-19 disruptions in the same manner as the CARES Base Awards. These need-based emergency grant awards will be granted to students providing documentation of special circumstances in which these additional funds can help support and ensure students’ ability to continue their education at Century.

CARES Special Circumstances Awards can be used to cover expenses related to COVID-19 disruptions, such as, but not limited to: textbooks, course supplies and materials, testing fees, housing/rent, food/groceries, childcare, utilities, transportation, health/medical-related, computer/laptop, internet services, etc.

CARES Special Circumstances Award funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so all eligible students are encouraged to apply early. To help as many students as possible, maximum grant will be $500 per student for Fall 2020.

What is the process to apply for a CARES Special Circumstances Award?

Applications are no longer available. Funds were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds ran out.

Please feel free to send inquires on this grant to: lena.collister@century.edu.