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

Congress has approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants to students.

Information regarding funding from the institutional portion can be found by reading the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting.

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

In March 2020 Congress approved the CARES Act, which established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to assist eligible students with expenses related to the disruption of the academic semester due to coronavirus. Expenses include but are not limited to food, housing (including moving and storage), course materials, technology and health care and child care.  Students must meet general Title IV (federal financial aid) requirements to qualify. 

Emmanuel College signed and returned the CARES Act Agreement and Certification to provide emergency grants to students and intends to use $825,988 in CARES Act funding to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Emmanuel students originally enrolled in on-campus classes for the spring 2020 semester, who were enrolled at the time of the disruption, and who meet Title IV (federal financial aid) general eligibility requirements are eligible for the grant (estimated at 1,800 students). As of December 31, 2020, 1,729 students have received $785,575 in CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding.

Eligible students who have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Emmanuel, will be issued a check or e-check during the week of May 11th for delivery on or before the end of May.  Eligible students received an email to their Emmanuel College email account on May 8th providing the amount of the grant.


If you have never submitted a FAFSA to Emmanuel College, you may be considered for the grant by completing a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) at If you cannot complete a FAFSA, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at or 617-735-9938.

Grants range from $200 - $500 depending on enrollment status and demonstrated financial need.

Eligible students will receive a remittance from Emmanuel College in an e-check or paper check. If you have set up your direct deposit, we encourage you to confirm your banking/direct deposit information is current on EC Online Services.  If you do not have direct deposit, you may update your address through EC Online Services, here. 

The CARES Act Emergency Grant does not need to be repaid.

No, emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of the academic semester due to Coronavirus are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. This grant is not included in your gross income.  

Information for the Emmanuel Community on COVID-19

Emmanuel College continues to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are sharing the following information to help educate the Emmanuel community.

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