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Lakeland's CARES Act application is now closed as all available funding has been allocated.

The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) provide guidance and information about this funding and the process to apply.

View Lakeland Community College's CARES Act reporting here.

Who is eligible for the CARES Act emergency grants funding?

Students currently enrolled in fall 2020 classes who have expenses related to disruption of campus operations (such as food, technology, health care and child care) are eligible to apply for emergency fundingThe CARES Act Emergency Grant funding for students is not provided to cover lost wages but rather unforeseen emergency expenses. You could receive free money to use for technology and additional funds for food, child care and/or health care needs. The average award is currently $750 per student.

In addition, to receive the funds you must be eligible to participate in the Title IV (Pell Grant and student loan) financial aid programs. You do not need to be a financial aid recipient but are required to complete either the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not yet done so, you can complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov/fafsa

How do I apply for CARES Act funds? 

Lakeland's CARES Act application is now closed as all available funding has been allocated.

What are the allowable expenses? 

Allowable emergency expenses are those unforeseen expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, items related to your cost of attendance, such as food, technology, health care and child care. 

If I have a job loss, am I eligible? 

The CARES Act emergency grant funding for students is not provided to cover lost wages but rather unforeseen emergency expenses. 

I am a College Credit Plus or Early College High School student. Do I qualify for CARES Act emergency grant funding? 

No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, dually enrolled high school students are not eligible for emergency funding through CARES Act. 

I am an international student. Do I qualify for CARES Act funding? 

No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, international students are not eligible for emergency funding through the CARES Act. 

I am a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student. Do I qualify for the CARES Act emergency grant funding? 

No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, DACA students do not meet the eligibility requirements for the emergency funding through the CARES Act. 

What is the FAFSA and how do I access an application? 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form completed by current and prospective college students in the U.S. to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. You'll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college and to determine that you meet all of the eligibility requirement to receive CARES Act emergency funding. 

I applied for FAFSA in the 2019-2020 school year, do I need to reapply for 2020-2021 school year to qualify for CARES Act funding? 

No. The current year FAFSA is sufficient; however, if you are planning to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year, filing the FAFSA for 2020-2021 is highly recommended. 

How long does it take for Lakeland to get my FAFSA results? 

Typically, FAFSA results are received within 3-5 business days. 

How will I be notified if I do qualify or don't qualify for CARES Act funding? 

All communication and notifications of CARES Act funding decisions will be sent directly to your Lakeland student email. 

If I have already received CARES Act funding am I eligible to apply for additional funds? 

Yes. If you are a currently enrolled student during the term of your application and have unforeseen emergency expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible for additional funding. 

Do I need to be a currently enrolled student to be eligible for CARES Act funding? 

Yes, funding is intended for currently enrolled students at Lakeland Community College who meet all of the eligibility requirements listed above. 

If I am awarded CARES Act funds, how will I receive the funds? 

Approved requests will be refunded, regardless of any balance owed to the college, by paper check which will be mailed to the address on file.

How long will it take to be notified? 

We are committed to notifying students of the award decision within three business days of submitting the application. 

How long will it take to receive funds? 

Typical processing time for receiving funds will be approximately 15 business days from the date the credit balance appears on your account. Delivery of the check takes an additional 3-5 business days. The first mailing of checks for the fall 2020 semester will be the end of the second week of the semester.

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