CARES Distribution

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, 2020 and funds were distributed to institutions of higher education to address the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

East LA has signed the Department of Education Certification and Agreement for receipt of the CARES Act. The East LA has been allocated $10,797,043 and is in receipt of $5,398,522 for distribution to students in direct aid. Based on the guidelines from the Department of Education, students must be eligible for Title IV financial aid and not be enrolled in exclusively online courses. East LA has approximately 12,799 eligible for CARES Act funding.

East LA has prioritized those students with identified financial need. Awards in the amount of $300 have been provided to all students meeting the following requirements:

  1. Active for the spring semester
  2. Pell eligible,
  3. Not enrolled in exclusively online courses.

Direct aid is intended for students whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus and must be used for expenses related to the disruptions due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare expenses.

The college has distributed $3,259,500 to 10,865 students in its first round of distributions, and has distributed $32,100 to 107 students in its second round of distributions.  The total number of ELAC students that have received funding to date is 10,972, and a total funding amount of $3,291,600 has been distributed to students.”

Remaining emergency funds will be disbursed using the following criteria of

  1. Currently enrolled students
  2. Title IV Eligible
  3. Priority given to disproportionately impacted populations such as Veterans, Foster Youth, and homeless students.