As the Austin Community College District continues to distribute funds for students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, officials say more than 3600 students have so far received financial aid theough the ACC CARES Act.
“Our students need support now more than ever. When we learned about the CARES Act funding we immediately began planning for a long-term solution to support students through fall 2020,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president and CEO. “While the college has always worked to alleviate financial burdens for students, the pandemic accelerated our efforts. We’re now doing even more, and as a result we’ve seen more students apply for financial aid. In fact, we’ve awarded financial support to every student who qualified for CARES Act funds.”
The aid is still available for students to cover basic needs, including housing, food, child care, and health care. Over the spring and summer semesters, $3.9-million dollars was distributed, with each award averaging $1085 per student.
ACC was awarded $13.9-million from the federal CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, of which at least 50% is designated for student emergency aid.
The application window for summer has now closed, but the process will resume August 21 to assist students enrolled for the fall semester.