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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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

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 of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used the applicable amount of funds designated under the HEERF I, II and II programs to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

Triton College will receive or has received $13,463,538 from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution's Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the HEERF I, II and III programs.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students during this reporting quarter ending December 31, 2021 is $1,178,976.

The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants this quarter ending December 31, 2021 includes 6,009.

6,009 students were eligible as determined by the College, however, not all students applied during this quarter. Eligibility is as follows:

  1. Students who were enrolled in fall 2021 in at least one credit hour (excluding dual credit).
  2. Students could be enrolled in a credit class, a non-credit class, or an Adult Education class.
  3. Students could only be awarded once in the fall semester.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant includes 809 total students.

The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive is as follows:

Triton College notified eligible students that an application was available in their student portal 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 in $500, $1,000, or $1,500 allotments.

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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