CARES Act Funding

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

What is the CARES Act?

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

How will Central Arizona College distribute these funds to students?

Central Arizona College (CAC) must follow federal eligibility guidelines in the awarding of these funds.  Please be aware that currently no funds have been awarded to students.   Processes for awarding funds are outlined below:

  1.  Technology Expense Grant funds will automatically be awarded to all students who meet the federal requirements; there is no application process for these funds. 
  2.  In addition to the grant above, students experiencing extreme financial hardship can apply to receive additional funds using this application.  (Note: Funds will be available until they are exhausted. Once funds are exhausted, this link will no longer be available.)

Eligibility requirements for Technology Expense Grant include, but not limited to:

– Students must meet the requirements for eligibility as stated in the application for federal financial aid via FAFSA.  This does not mean that they had to have been awarded aid; however, they do have to be eligible to apply (details listed below). (

– Students must have earned their high school diploma, GED or completed high school in an approved homeschool setting.  

– Students must be citizens or eligible non-citizens with a valid Social Security number.

– Male students must have completed Selective Service registration. (

– Students must have current spring 2020 enrollment and have been attending course(s) with 3 or more credits at Central Arizona College as of March 13, 2020.

– Students must NOT be exclusively attending an online program as of March 13, 2020.  

Please note, students who are ineligible to receive CARES Act funding (per requirements detailed above) can apply for monetary assistance from the CAC Student Emergency Fund HERE

What action do CAC students need to take?

Ensure that Central Arizona College has your correct information:


Update your mailing address, phone number, and email in your Student Portal located at Upon log-in, click My Profile>My Information>Personal>Request Change and enter the information you would like to change on your record.


In the event that you are awarded a Technology Expense Grant or any type of funding from Central Arizona College, choosing an electronic refund preference will allow you to receive those funds as quickly as possible.  

Your Electronic Funding Options Are Below:


Your money will arrive 1-2 business days after BankMobile receives the funds from CAC.  


Your money will arrive the same business day BankMobile receives the funds from your school. 

 To select how you would like your money delivered: 

– Visit

– Enter your Personal Code or choose to get an instant Personal Code

– Choose your preferred delivery method

Make a selection now and avoid any delays in receiving money from Central Arizona College. 

Where do I get questions answered or find resources?

For assistance in updating your BankMobile options please visit or you may contact or call 520-494-5240.

For more information on the CARES Act from a Federal perspective, please visit:

Secretary DeVos Rapidly Delivers More Than $6 Billion in Emergency Cash Grants for College Students Impacted by Coronavirus Outbreak

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