CARES Act Funds

Updated: August 16, 2021

American Rescue Package

The American Rescue Package allows the distribution of approximately $9 million directly to students. Students who are registered for at least one class in the Fall 2021 semester may apply for funds from the American Rescue Package. Applications are available on the student portal starting August 18, 2021. Dual credit students are not eligible. Students may receive up to $1500. Money may be used for any component of the cost of attending Triton College such as tuition, fees, books, or for emergency costs caused by the coronavirus such as food, housing, physical and mental healthcare, and childcare. These dollars do not need to be paid back.

American Rescue Package FAQs - Click HERE.

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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), CARES Act, CRRSAA, and ARPA, 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.

Triton College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Triton College will receive or has received $13,463,538 from the Department pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the initial report and every calendar quarter thereafter). Under CRRSAA, $2,250,000 was distributed to students.

The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

2,571 students were eligible for CRRSAA funds as determined by the College. These are students who:

  1. Are enrolled in Spring 2021 term in at least one credit hour (excluding dual credit)
  2. Have a FAFSA on file for the 20/21 or 21/22 award years
  3. Have an EFC of 6500 or less in either year
  4. Do not have an unresolved citizenship flag in either year

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs include 1,378 students.

The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) and (a)(4) programs.

Triton College created an application that was sent to all eligible students under the criteria outlined above. Students were asked to provide information regarding their need/crisis level around key categories: Housing, Food, Utilities, Childcare, Transportation, Health, Mental Health, and Technology assistance due to the transition to online learning. Applicants were awarded amounts in increments of $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 or $2,500 based on how many categories they indicated a level of crisis or distress.

Please see FAQs on this page for instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Please reach out to if you have any questions. This email address is staffed by those who work in the office of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.


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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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