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SSCC disburses CARES Act funds to eligible students


May 20, 2020

Funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act were distributed on May 20, 2020, to eligible students based on guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education.  The funds provided economic relief for students enrolled in one or more traditional classroom courses when COVID-19 measures were instituted and instruction was moved to online delivery.


How much in CARES Act funds were distributed to Shelton State Community College for emergency student aid?



How many Shelton State Community College students have been deemed eligible to receive CARES Act funds?

2,405 (62% of students enrolled for spring semester)


Who is eligible for CARES Act funds?

Students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Students enrolled in the spring semester at Shelton State Community College (Exceptions: Students registered for only first term, Maymester, online, or hybrid courses are not eligible.)
  • Students working towards a degree or certificate at Shelton State Community College
  • Students enrolled in at least one traditional (in-person) course on one of the two Shelton State Community College campuses
  • Students who have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office OR those who are eligible to apply for a FAFSA
  • Students who have a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status


Who is not eligible for CARES Act funds?

  • Students enrolled exclusively in online courses
  • Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students
  • Dual-enrolled high school students or accelerated high school students
  • Students who do not have a valid high school diploma or equivalent
  • Transient students
  • Incarcerated students
  • Students enrolled exclusively in online, hybrid, first term, or Maymester courses
  • Students who withdrew from all Shelton State Community College classes as of the close of business on March 16, 2020
  • Students who withdrew from Shelton State Community College classes, leaving only online and/or hybrid classes remaining as of close of business on March 16, 2020
  • Students who are required but have not registered with Selective Service, or registration with Selective Service could not be verified


Did Shelton State determine the eligibility requirements?

No.  The guidelines for eligibility were issued by the U.S. Department of Education.


How will students be notified about their eligibility?

Potential recipients received an email on Thursday, May 14, 2020, notifying them of their potential eligibility for CARES Act funds and encouraging them to sign up for direct deposit if they had not already done so.  The eligibility email was sent to students’ myShelton email addresses.


How will Shelton State spend/disburse CARES Act funds?

Technology Grants – A total of 2,405 students have been deemed eligible to receive emergency financial assistance in the amount of $616.51 per student for a total of $1,482,706.55.


How will eligible students receive CARES Act funds?

Students enrolled in direct deposit prior to noon on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, had funds deposited into their bank account.  Checks were mailed to remaining recipients on May 20, 2020, to their current address on file in myShelton.


Are there guidelines/requirements on how students can spend CARES Act funds?



Who can students contact if they have questions concerning their eligibility of CARES Act funds?