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.