CARES Act Funds

Updated: April 9, 2021

CRRSAA Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)

As of April 9, 2021 we have expended all of the $2.1 million dollars allotted from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). While we are not able to award any more students at this time, please complete the application and you will have priority consideration as we await more support and funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. If you have questions about this application, please email

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What can I do to become eligible for CRRSAA money?

Do I have to repay the money the college sends me as part of the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)?

Where can I find the application to apply for this money?

Can I use these funds for rent/mortgage payments?

Can I use the award to pay for tuition?

What if I cannot submit the FAFSA?

Do I have to report back to Triton College how I use the money?

I filed my FAFSA but did not receive an email with a link to the application? Why not?

How soon will I get the money?

How do I ask a question?

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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, (HEERF) The CARES Act, which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), directs institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

In 2020, Triton College received $2,105,949 from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. As of December 31, 2020, $2,105,949.00 had been disbursed. The estimated number of students that may have been eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 was 4,065 and, 3,992 students received funding.

The U.S. Department of Education announced in January that more dollars have been earmarked for higher education institutions to ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic under a second Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II).

Triton College anticipates receiving and disbursing more emergency financial aid grants from the new relief fund. Details about eligibility requirements and disbursement plans will be forthcoming and updated to this page. Instructions, directions, and/or guidance concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants can be directed to


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If I am eligible to receive CARES Act funds will I be notified?

Are CARES Act funds a loan? Will it need to be to be repaid?

If I receive a $600 check from CARES Act funds, do I have to use for tuition?

To be eligible I have to have a FAFSA on file. Does that mean CARES Act money counts against my financial package?

If I was not eligible to receive the $600 allocation, what should I do right now?

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