CARES Act Funds

Updated: January 9, 2023

American Rescue Package

NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for the American Rescue Package as funds have been depleted.

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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 March 31, 2023 is $2,250.00.

The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants this quarter ending March 31, 2023 includes 3,554.

3,554students 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 2022 in at least one credit hour (excluding dual credit).
  2. Students must be pursuing a certificate or degree in a credit program.
  3. Students must have completed a FAFSA or Alternative Application from the state of Illinois.
  4. Students could only be awarded once in the fall semester.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant includes 9 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 $250.

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.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III Frequently Asked Questions


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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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